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"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." ~ B. Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, driven by a deep curiosity and a passion for problem-solving, moved effortlessly between the worlds of business, communication, politics and technology.  The Benjamin Franklin Scholars program seeks to produce people with that same spirit for the twenty-first century. 

The Benjamin Franklin Scholars ("BFS") program, sponsored jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences,  allows a select group of highly motivated students to simultaneously pursue bachelor’s degrees in both engineering and humanities or social sciences, producing students with a broad training uniquely equipping them for the challenges of today’s world.  Students in this program can combine any major in CHASS (plus economics) with any major in the College of Engineering.   This program, now entering its twenty-fifth year, has produced men and women who use their engineering training in a broad range of settings and jobs: in industry, in academia, in government, working as engineers,  lawyers, physicians, policy analysts among others.   

In addition to the courses required for the two majors, students in the program are required to take two courses specifically designed for (and limited to) Franklin Scholars.  The Franklin intro course, STS302H, Science, Technology and Human Values, usually taken in the first semester freshman year, is an introduction to an examination of technology from a humanistic and social scientific perspective.  The second course, E497, the Franklin Capstone, is a group project looking at technology with significant humanistic and social scientific implications. 

The program has dedicated scholarship money associated with it, and students who have completed the Franklin intro course, have CODA’ed into their Engineering and CHASS majors and who have a 3.0 or above GPA are generally eligible for scholarship support.  The time required to complete both degrees depends on a variety of factors, including incoming AP credit,  semester course load, use of summer school, and CHASS degree sought.  The program can be completed in 4-5 years, with five years being typical. 

The program has a component, the Franklin Council, run by the students.  The Council arranges a wide variety of social, service and academic events throughout the year.

Contact Dr. Ross Bassett, BFS Program Director, for more information.