The Major Requirement

Albion College offers the following academic majors:

Anthropology and Sociology
Art (Studio Art)
Art History
Athletic Training
Business and Organizations
Communication Studies
Earth Science
Economics and Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Exercise Science

Geological Sciences
Individually Designed Major
International Studies
Political Science
Public Policy
Religious Studies
Sustainability Studies
Women's and Gender Studies

The major requirement represents learning mastery in an area of specialization. Majors are possible in three separate areas -- the departmental major, the interdepartmental or interdisciplinary major and the individually designed major.

Departmental majors include a maximum of 10 required units in an academic department as well as possible cognates within other areas. A student may declare two majors. Interdepartmental majors and interdisciplinary majors, with a maximum of 10 required units of course work plus cognates, are also offered. Detailed requirements for all majors appear in the Programs of Study section of this catalog.

Individually designed majors allow freedom of choice. Under this program students have created their own majors in such fields as arts administration, cognitive science, Latin American studies, political economy, twentieth century social philosophy, and public health.

Albion permits a student to design an individual major by first proposing it to a faculty member willing to serve as the major adviser. The student and the adviser must identify two other faculty members who will serve with the adviser as the student's "major committee." One member of the committee must come from outside the adviser's own department. Before beginning an individual program of study, the student must secure the major committee's unanimous approval of the proposed program as well as the approval of the College vice president for academic affairs. This approval must be granted no later than midsemester of the second semester of the student's junior year. A copy of the approved program and any subsequently approved changes are to be filed with the registrar after being signed by the vice president for academic affairs. In essence, the program then becomes an agreement between the student and the institution. The requirements for an individual major include a minimum of eight units of course work, plus one unit of directed study which demonstrates ability to perform independent scholarship or creative activity related to the proposed major program.

Detailed regulations and forms for filing an individually designed major are available from the Registrar's Office.