A Franklin College Liberal Arts Education

Collage of students participating in class, doing science, football team, learning outsideA liberal arts and sciences education: a pursuit of lifelong learning

At Franklin College, we combine a liberal arts and sciences foundation with engaged learning experiences that include professional development, global travel, civic engagement and volunteer service, internships, undergraduate research and leadership opportunities. Learning at Franklin College is hands-on and immersive. A student may wade in a stream to measure water quality, collaborate with students at an international diplomacy conference in New York City, produce Emmy Award-winning documentaries, study rugby in Ireland, or practice journalism on the floor of the Indiana Statehouse. One Franklin College student even delivered a baby on his study of medical practices in Ghana! We believe in active learning that translates into real world results and outcomes.

We prepare students for success in a rapidly changing and complex world. Our curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences that encourage exploration and broad knowledge across subjects, not just those in their chosen majors. Our students attend classes in the arts, history, philosophy, literature (the humanities), mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences, opening up possibilities to be prepared for a single career – and flexible enough to adapt to multiple career paths over a lifetime.

Recent reports find employers favor broad learning, prioritizing “skills and knowledge that cut across majors.” When asked to rank skills they most prefer, employers indicated: effective oral and written communication, effective collaboration in teams, ethical judgments and decision-making, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills to real world settings. Even tech firms “believe employees trained in the liberal arts add value to their companies.”

What does liberal arts and sciences mean at Franklin College?

  1. We offer student-focused education. Our faculty is experienced, passionate about their subjects and energized to teach. Our low student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 means you will work closely with professors who are student-focused first and care about your success. They will listen to you, guide and help you pursue your career. They are your advocates.
  2. Liberal arts degrees are valuable to employers. Not all schools are intent on teaching students to write, research and collaborate. Our professors will challenge you in an environment where analytical, communication and collaborative skills are best learned and nourished. The value pays off, with statistics reporting that liberal arts grads are both living well and achieving financial success.
  3. Our classes are small. You will actively contribute in a way you cannot in a class of 300. Professors and classmates will know your name and you can voice your opinion, ask questions and be engaged in and outside of class.
  4. Get a well-rounded, high-quality education. By definition, a liberal arts education includes the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences, in contrast to a narrowly-focused professional, vocational, or technical curriculum. This is the basis for a quality education that withstands a rapidly-changing world. This also translates into value for your educational investment. And, statistics report that liberal arts college graduates finish sooner, reducing education costs.
  5. You can pursue your interests. You are able to choose multiple majors or devise your own. We encourage you to pursue your passions as you will be more apt to succeed – will help you structure a curriculum accordingly.
  6. Be prepared for graduate school. Franklin College students perform real undergraduate research and our curriculum teaches the reading, thinking and writing skills necessary for grad school. Often alumni tell us their Franklin College education prepared them to better synthesize complex information and get ahead in their graduate studies.
  7. You will have opportunities. We realize that there are different kinds of learning, both inside and outside of the classroom. Engaged learning experiences “heighten students’ motivation, promote practice and self-reflection, promote contextual understanding, and encourage self-direction” leading to “deeper learning.”
  8. You will be personally enriched. You will grow as a whole person during the four years you call Franklin College home. You will meet friends for life. You will participate in sports, our 50+ clubs, Greek life, leadership and volunteer in the community.
  9. You will be a life-long learner. At Franklin College you will know how to learn and can continue to renew your skills, adapting to new situations. Recent statistics find that liberal arts graduates are more likely to be leaders, lifelong learners, altruistic and personally fulfilled.
  10. You will be connected. Franklin College partners with employers and organizations to provide opportunities that test, enhance and challenge classroom learning. Strong relationships with alumni, professors and classmates will help you be referred to more internships and jobs.

What can I do with a degree from a liberal arts and sciences education?

Franklin College alumni take their liberal arts and sciences degrees to manufacturing companies, law firms, IT, non-profits, retail, pharmaceutical healthcare, schools, the service industry and more. Read Franklin College graduate outcomes data.

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  • Kevin Dooley

    It’s Franklin College’s professors – they were integral in helping me envision not just the life that I wanted but also how to realize it. That can only happen on a small liberal arts campus like Franklin. - Kevin Dooley '18

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