As the fall semester comes to an end each year, first-year students at Franklin present their Fall 2020 Showcase projects at a campus event. This year, the presentations covered a wide range of topics including history, politics, imagery, music, food and the environment.  The virtual event took place on Friday, December 4.

Many of the groups created sites and media to support their presentations, and to celebrate their achievements, we would like to share their work here.  Congratulations to all of our first-year students for a job well done.

The Pursuit of Happiness
CLCS 199

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Glaciers No More? Climate Change
ENV 199

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Hitler's Rise to Power
HIS 199

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Key Ideas in Global Politics
POL 199

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Desire and Consumption: The Photographic Image
VCA 199

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The First Year Seminar is a required course that focuses on research and critical thinking as applied to a topic of academic or cultural interest to the students.  Each year seminars are offered in various disciplines, including Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, History, Political Science and Visual Communication Arts. Students learn to evaluate what they read and experience from a critical perspective, expand their understanding through research and, above all, compare their ideas to those of their classmates that bring their own cultural perspectives to the course discussions.