Center for Exploration

Franklin College is a leader in actively engaging all students in their learning.

Through engaged learning, the intersection of critical inquiry, relevant application, and purposeful reflection, our dedicated faculty and staff facilitate a distinctive liberal arts and sciences experience that empowers students to construct knowledge and take action. These high-impact experiences transform students and inspire unquenchable curiosity, innovative ideas, creative expression, and thoughtful discovery. We believe that learning happens EVERYWHERE.

The Center for Exploration strives to strengthen students’ civic responsibility and enhance their academic and professional success.

Areas to Explore


Internships are a key part of your college career. The right internship will give you valuable experience, professional connections, and a meaningful portfolio of your work.

Global Education

You can choose from many different study away opportunities: a month-long Immersive Term study away course, a semester or year at one of our partner universities, an international internship, or a summer service-learning experience.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research at Franklin College promotes deep learning by inviting students to be active participants in the process of discovery.

Professional Development

Students are offered opportunities on- and off-campus to strengthen their professional growth. Professional development experiences include courses, credit-bearing internships and other professional programming.

  • Kristin Flora

    While much learning can occur within the walls of a classroom, there are unique, powerful lessons to be gained from participating in travel abroad. I was fortunate to lead students in a study of English sport culture. What better way to understand the psyche of a football fan than by attending a Premier League match? What better way to experience rugby culture than training with a British rugby club? - Kristin Flora, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college

  • Randall Smith

    Franklin’s Model UN class offers students the opportunity to diplomatically interact with people from around the world in an intensive week of global political negotiation in New York City. Throughout this experience, students get the opportunity to try their hand at “politicking” and to learn the art of diplomacy, which we tie throughout the experience to capitols, courtrooms, and boardrooms everywhere. In 2015 our venerable team of eight delegates received two Outstanding Position Paper awards and the top team recognition by the Conference, Outstanding Delegation. - Randall D. Smith, associate professor of political science

Let’s Talk

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