PROF. J. JUDD OWEN
Director, Franklin Fellows Program
& Program in Democracy & Citizenship

Department of Political Science

jjowen@emory.edu

VOLUNTARY CORE CURRICULUM
Prof. Patrick Allitt, Director

TWO LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION

All first-time applicants who are accepted will join the Junior Fellows and become eligible for application to join the Junto Fellows after one year in the program. Each semester, students in both programs will receive a guide to upper level courses that fit the spirit and mission of the VCC. The heart of both programs, however, is outside the classroom. Junior Fellows will participate in two or three extracurricular events per semester, such as film discussion groups and talks by and discussion with visiting scholars.  In addition to these events, Junto Fellows will also take part in a handful of small-group events, such as reading groups and trips to fine arts venues, such as the Shakespeare Tavern and Atlanta Symphony Hall, and informal lunches.

Check out our FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information.

Franklin's Junto Club

"In the autumn of [1727] I had form'd most of my ingenious acquaintance into a club of mutual improvement, which we called the Junto; we met on Friday evenings. The rules that I drew up required that every member, in his turn, should produce one or more queries on any point of Morals, Politics, or Natural Philosophy, to be discuss'd by the company; and once in three months produce and read an essay of his own writing, on any subject he pleased.  Our debates were to be under the direction of a president, and to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth, without fondness for dispute or desire of victory."

 

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is this a new program?

The Franklin Fellows Program launched in 2016. It’s the latest initiative of the Program in Democracy and Citizenship, best known for the Voluntary Core Curriculum (VCC) – Emory’s great books program for freshmen.  The Franklin Fellows program is designed to build on the VCC’s foundation to guide students through solid, traditional liberal arts education over their full undergraduate career.

 

Is this a major or minor? 

No. There are no curricular requirements for the program, although we do provide a guide to courses at Emory that fit the spirit of the program.  All events are extracurricular.  Any Emory undergraduate from the College or Business School may apply, regardless of major. (We’re not set up for Oxford yet, but that’s in the works, so stay tuned.) 

 

What are the main differences between the Junior Fellows and the Junto Fellows?

All first-time applicants who are accepted will become Junior Fellows and will become eligible for application the join the Junto Fellows after one year in the program.  There are two main differences between the programs. First, admissions to the Junto Fellows will be capped at a small number. Although admission as a Junior Fellow is not guaranteed, there is no cap on the number of students admitted to that program. Second, while many events are open to fellows from both programs, two or three events per semester will be reserved for Junto Fellows. These include trips to fine arts performances, such as the Shakespeare Tavern (top notch dinner theatre in downtown Atlanta) and the Atlanta Symphony in midtown. 

 

Are events mandatory?

Yes. By becoming a Franklin Fellow, you are committing to prioritizing FF events.  Failure to notify us of unavoidable conflicts or chronic absences will result in removal from the program. Be aware that some events require a small amount of preparation (e.g. reading a play or article), although many require no prep at all.  Will the events fit into your schedule? That’s up to you and your priorities for your education at Emory.  The Franklin Fellows program could potentially be the most meaningful part of your undergraduate experience.

 

What happens when I complete the program?

Well, you will be wiser and deeper, and you will have formed lifelong and substantial friendships. Oh, and you’ll receive a high quality sheet of paper – your “award” – to frame and cherish.

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