These principles guide what we do in the Franklin College Department of Mathematics and Computing. Our students are encouraged to think critically and creatively about possible solutions to complex problems in their mathematics courses, and the ability to communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences is emphasized throughout the curriculum. All mathematics majors either engage in a research project or an internship, and our students get hands-on experience working with complex datasets through two innovative courses, one where students work with an alumni partner to analyze a real big data set and another where students provide statistical consulting services to a local non-profit organization. All of these experiences position our graduates for success in their future careers.
At Franklin College, learning is not a passive activity. The mathematics faculty promote an active learning environment inside and outside of the classroom in which students are guided and encouraged to systematically develop not only their mathematical and technical abilities but also the professional dispositions needed for a successful career after graduation.
The departmental philosophy of active learning, coupled with the Franklin College emphasis on an engaged, experiential liberal arts education, ensures that mathematics majors from Franklin College will:
As a student in the Franklin College Department of Mathematics and Computing, you will get a sense that everything the department does is designed with you, our student, in mind. The mathematics faculty spends a great deal of time interacting with students both inside and outside of the classroom, in activities ranging from working one-on-one with students during office hours to traveling to professional conferences together. The mathematics faculty stay connected to our students even after they graduate, often times inviting them back for alumni panels or other speaking opportunities where they can share their experiences with our current students. From the day you meet all of the mathematics faculty and students during the Math and Computing Club’s Welcome Event until the annual gathering of seniors at a faculty member’s house the week before graduation, you will know that you will always be an important member of the mathematics community at Franklin College.