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Academic Programs: Introduction Curriculum Overview
At the heart of the Albion Experience is an intellectually stimulating commitment to the liberal arts. Albion's core curriculum is a program
of learning that is initiated with the First-Year Seminar and culminates with the conferring of the bachelor's degree. Students begin their
academic careers in a First-Year Seminar designed to familiarize them with the liberal arts tradition in an intimate classroom environment
that fosters open communication, nurtures critical thinking, and promotes improvement in writing and speaking. Albion is committed to
having students complete their undergraduate education with an experience that brings continuity, coherence and focus to their academic
course work and that involves the students themselves, soon-to-be graduates, as teachers, facilitators and presenters.
Between the First-Year Seminar and graduation, students complete other core courses: five Modes of Inquiry courses and four category
requirements. These courses provide analytic tools for understanding the world, offer rich and complex accounts of social life, encourage
examination of these accounts, and contribute to a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of learning and living in a global
community. The liberal arts core serves as the impetus and context for lifelong learning, preparing students for the phase after college when
they must themselves provide education and expertise as well as continue to learn, and when they must
collaborate and facilitate at home, at work, and in a local and the global community.
In addition to the core curriculum, all students are required to complete a major, which provides a depth of intellectual study that prepares
students for graduate and professional school, as well as for a rich diversity of careers and life experiences. These majors may be a
conventional departmental major, a not-so-conventional interdepartmental major or the unconventional individually designed major. A
commitment to academic excellence within all academic departments ensures every student that fulfilling the requirements of the major will
be a comprehensive and challenging scholarly experience. Other opportunities for in-depth exploration and clustering of courses include
minors and concentrations.
Choice characterizes the general education requirements as well as the major. Each Albion student is an adult, capable of making sensible
decisions about his or her personal future. But inherent in the right to make decisions is the potential to make mistakes. So Albion College
provides assistance to students in planning their education. Each student must choose a faculty adviser with whom he or she develops a
program of study based on the student's goals.
The primary responsibility for meeting the College's academic requirements rests with each student. This chart serves as a guide to the
required and elective courses that fulfill the units needed for graduation. They are explained in greater detail on the following pages. The
complete requirements for graduation are outlined in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.
I. Liberal Arts 101 (First-Year Seminar; 1 unit)
II. Modes of Inquiry (1 unit in each)
Artistic Creation and Analysis
Historical and Cultural Analysis
Modeling and Analysis
III. Category Requirements (1 unit in each)
The Brown Honors Institute core requirement is found in the Departments and Courses section.
Units for Core: 10
Among the 32 units required for graduation, the following distribution of courses must be fulfilled. These courses can also apply to
modes, categories, majors, minors and/or concentrations. Two units in humanities (can be from same department) English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy,
Religious Studies, Honors Two units in mathematics or natural sciences (can be from same department) Biology, Chemistry,
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