“Communication is one thing the math department here pushes that I feel I wouldn’t learn at a large university. At big schools, you may learn the material just as well as we do here, but you don’t learn the skills to communicate what you know to people who don’t have a degree in math or other mathematicians.” – Harker
The department of mathematics incorporates written and verbal explanations of problem solving into lesson plans not only to assure that the students understand the material but also to allow them to grow as communicators.
“I’ve had to practice a lot of being able to not just know the material, but also being able to explain it to people. I’ve had to practice communication skills to get my point across, putting math into terms that other people can understand, not just the way it works in my head.” – Harker
The ability to communicate clearly serves Dylan well. In 2018, the college awarded the math major the Lancers Trophy, a prestigious award given to two Franklin College sophomores who show the signature FC values both in and out the classroom.
As Dylan prepares for an even busier senior year of swimming and a possible undergraduate research project, he knows the communication skills he gained from the department of mathematics will help him in his remaining college years and well into his eventual career because, as Dylan puts it, “Even with a degree in math, you’re not very beneficial in the workplace if you can’t communicate.” – Harker
The world needs more than just a major. It also needs people with a diverse skillset that goes beyond textbooks. Don’t settle for an education that will take you halfway there. Trust Franklin to prepare you for life after college.