Programs - General Education
Humanities and Social Sciences
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a means for exploring human experience and is dedicated to the growth and support of the educated student. It provides a core curriculum that promotes effective communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork, information literacy, professionalism, ethical decision-making, and negotiation skills. Through study in these courses, students gain historical, cultural, social and global awareness, thereby challenging the intellect and instilling a basis for lifelong learning.
The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum provides 12 to 15 credits of courses for each technical program. All Humanities and Social Science courses require students to write, read, research, and to participate in discussions, group projects, and presentations. All of these skills are necessary ingredients for the successful student in any technical program, higher education, or in the workforce. Two standard three-credit English courses, EN130 College Composition I, and EN140 College Composition II, are required for all students in the first two semesters. The goal of these writing courses is to develop cognitive, as well as effective written and oral communication skills, which are supported and advanced by the technical programs. Students are expected to become independent writers, thinkers, and researchers by evaluating and assessing their own approaches and processes. The department also offers many elective courses to satisfy the remaining 6 to 9 credits required. The remaining electives must include at least one course in Social Sciences. While the electives are designed to promote lifelong learning, these courses also build on the critical thinking, reading, and writing practiced in College Composition I and II. Throughout all courses, the department aims to instill a sense of professionalism, as well as socio-cultural and ethical awareness.
Mathematics And Physics
Mathematics and Physics are the foundation for any technical discipline. Being successful in technology requires understanding mathematical theory and the ability to apply the concepts to familiar situations and newly encountered problems. Physics introduces the fundamental laws and principles that govern virtually everything around us. Studying math and physics promotes critical reasoning, creative thinking, and logical analysis, which are central skills in the classroom and in life. The Math and Physics Department at BFIT places an emphasis on problem solving, using practical everyday problems related to the Industrial and Engineering Technologies. A variety of strategies are used to present the material effectively to a highly diverse body of students.
The mathematics curriculum at BFIT is designed to provide a solid foundation in mathematics through a range of course offerings relevant to the technical degree programs. Each degree program at BFIT requires at least two semesters of college math that emphasize the fundamentals. Additional math courses and math electives are designed to be relevant to the chosen field of study. Engineering technology students planning on transferring after two years to obtain a bachelor’s degree from a four-year school are required to complete the math sequence through Calculus II. Students planning to obtain an engineering technology associate degree take math courses designed for the requirements of their field of study. Different entry points into the math sequence are available depending on the student’s skill level. Refer to the section dedicated to the degree program of interest for specific degree requirements.
Department of Academic Development
Students enter the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology with varying levels of academic preparation. We feel it is important for all students to begin their major studies at BFIT on the same academic level so that everyone has an equal opportunity to make the most of their education. The Department of Academic Development offers a range of courses for students needing additional preparation for the rigorous academics required in the pursuit of a college degree at BFIT. Courses focus on the specific academic skills and content required for each individual’s success in the engineering and industrial technologies. Depending on placement and performance, a student may need one or more additional semesters of course work in order to complete the requirements for an associate degree. In order to continue the student’s major course of study, the following criteria must be met: passing grades in all courses; grades of C or better in all mathematics and language courses; satisfactory completion of course requirements; and instructor recommendations. In addition, a student may also be required to complete courses during the summer session. Each student’s course of study will be customized to address the individual’s strengths and needs.
Academic Development courses are designed to build the skills necessary for more advanced study in mathematics, technology, language acquisition, communication, reading and writing. Since the assimilation of basic math skills is central to success in technology studies, students needing to develop their math skills will begin their technical studies upon successful completion of their foundational math courses. Students needing extensive work on their language skills will successfully complete EN090 and EN091. Students learn how to employ effective communication skills by taking either EN110 or EN112.