Unsure about travel to Lugano? Take advantage of our hybrid model.

Franklin is resilient and committed to its mission of educating responsible global leaders, and is tailoring its programs to support students during Covid-19. Our new hybrid learning model will make it possible for students to study remotely if necessary at the start of the academic semester. Information regarding start dates will be communicated in the weeks before the beginning of each academic semester.

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Franklin offers an internationally focused interdisciplinary curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.

Our core requirements ensure that every Franklin graduate develops a common set of competencies. These central experiences are what define Franklin graduates and give them the foundation on which to build further understanding, establish a career and rise to leadership. Franklin's undergraduate learning goals articulate the competencies, skills and state of development that all Franklin students should reach by the end of their university careers, regardless of their specific field of study.

What will you learn from your core requirements?

  • Intercultural Competencies
  • International Engagement
  • Social Responsibility
  • Inquiry, Analysis and Critical Thinking
  • Scientific Literacy
  • Creativity
  • Holistic Student Development
  • Oral Communication in English
  • English Writing Competencies
  • Language Competencies
  • Mathematical Competency
  • Information Literacy
  • General IT Competency


Beyond the core, each major provides an increasingly focused path toward advanced knowledge and competency in a field of study.  After your first year as an undergraduate, you choose or combine your major from the following fields of study:

  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fashion Studies
  • French Studies
  • History
  • International Banking and Finance
  • International Economics
  • International Management
  • International Relations
  • Italian Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice and Sustainability
  • Visual Communication Arts

It’s flexible. You can design your own academic plan working with an academic advisor. You could decide to get a double major, a combined major, add a minor or go for the 3+1 and finish with a master’s degree. Do what works for your interests and the career you want to pursue.

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CRW 110T Paris Protagonist: Lost in Translation
Photo by Erika Reyes

Four semesters of Academic Travel are required at Franklin, and most students take a Travel course every semester, since it's included in their tuition.  Wouldn't you? Travel is at the center of Franklin's educational mission, and we believe that there is no classroom experience that will provide the same level of understanding as actually packing your bags and going to see, feel and taste a place that you have studied.  Academic Travel courses are taught by professors that have personal knowledge of the location to be studied and academic, professional or research interest in the country that will be visited.  Over 20 Academic Travel courses are offered each year, with destinations including India, Japan, Iceland, Southern Africa, Thailand, and the US, not to mention various urban and rural locations in nearly every country in Europe.


There is too much to tell in one page. We have a great Honors Program that promotes student research, an exceptional First Year Experience curriculum to jump start your cultural foundations, a Three-Year BA for those wanting to push toward a career path, and many courses in our catalog that are of particular note, depending on your own interests and career goals.