Diplomatic History Research Program. Students enrolled in the Diplomatic History Research Program during the Spring Term conduct research on pre-selected topics by traveling to presidential libraries; regional, national or international archives; or the Library of Congress. Under faculty supervision, students examine personal papers and public documents. Their research efforts frequently lead to senior theses or published papers. Advisor: Dr. D. Hulme.
Multicultural Courses. The Alma faculty is dedicated to exposing students to learning experiences that are multicultural in content or by experience. To that end, a number of courses are devoted in their entirety or for a significant module to content and issues concerned with the diversity of the American experience. These courses are currently offered in the departments of communication, education, English, history, political science, religious studies, sociology and Spanish. For additional information about these courses, contact the Provost's Office.
New York Arts Program. The New York Arts Program provides a special opportunity for students to apprentice with working professionals in the visual, performing, literary, film, and communication arts while living and studying in New York City. Students work four days a week in their internship placement and take directed seminars from program faculty. Students are housed in the program's mid-town Manhattan brownstone. Tuition and fees are paid directly to Alma College. Academic credit is arranged on an individual basis with Alma College departments or programs. Information available in the Provost's Office.
The Philadelphia Center Internship Program. The Philadelphia Center offers an off-campus experiential learning program to Alma College sophomores, juniors and seniors in any major. The Center provides extraordinary opportunities for personal and professional development through experience-based and academic learning in an urban context. Students intern in one of many corporations, cultural institutions, media organizations, laboratories and government agencies in the Philadelphia area during Fall, Winter or Summer terms. In addition, students enroll in two academic seminars taught by Center faculty. Tuition and fees are paid directly to Alma College. Academic credit is arranged on an individual basis with Alma College departments. Information available in the Provost's Office. Faculty Liaison: Dr. M. Vickery.
Service Learning. Alma has an active academic service learning program. Service Learning courses include meaningful community service, a clear connection between course objectives and service activities and structured opportunities for reflection for the enhancement of academic learning. Most disciplines offer at least one service learning course in which students are engaged in meaningful service with a non-profit or service organization addressing economic development, educational, employment, environmental and health related issues. Service opportunities have been developed in the Alma area, throughout Michigan, and even outside the United States. To learn more, contact the Service Learning Coordinator: Ms. A. Ritz.
Stillman College Exchange. In 1990, Alma College created an exchange program with Stillman College, a historic Black institution in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to promote racial, cultural and geographic diversity. This program is open to all Alma College students, faculty and administrators. For more information, contact the Vice President for Enrollment.
Undergraduate Research and Performance Programs. Many Alma students seek individualized opportunities to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty member in the field, laboratory, archives or studio. Students from all disciplines of the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences often complete research and/or creative projects that are then presented at forums such as the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; state, regional and national meetings of disciplinary honor societies; or invited showings, performances or presentations. Numerous competitive scholarships, including the Currie Scholars Program, the Kinney Research Scholarship and the Yehle Summer Internship Scholarship provide financial assistance to support qualified students who wish to pursue summer research and internship opportunities. For more information, contact the Provost's Office or the appropriate department chair.
Urban Life Center in Chicago. The Urban Life Center offers opportunities during the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms for Alma students to live and learn in the third largest city in the United States. The rich diversity of Chicago provides a wide range of internship possibilities related to students' academic and career interests. Seminars combine classroom work with experiential activities focusing on the dynamics of urban life, issues, art and culture. Students reside in program residences. Academic credit is arranged on an individual basis with Alma College departments. For more information, contact the Provost's Office.
Washington Semester Program. Alma College has a cooperative arrangement with American University through which well-qualified undergraduates may study in Washington, D.C., for one semester. The following programs, each for a full term of credit, are available: American Government and Politics; Public Law; Peace and Conflict Resolution; Justice; Museum Studies and the Arts; International Business and Trade; Journalism; Economic Policy; Foreign Policy; and International Environment and Development. The World Capitals Program offers similar studies in London, Bonn, Rome, etc. Enrollment in particular programs is subject to program availability. Credit is awarded for student participation in seminars, internships, research and coursework during the Fall or Winter terms. Faculty Liaison: Dr. E. Lorenz.