The Joseph Wharton Scholars Program and BFS seminars
The BFS Seminars
All BFS scholars, including JWS, take at least three BFS seminars during their time at Penn. You may have semesters in which you take no BFS courses, and others in which you take more than one. The current record among alums is 15 BFS seminars by graduation; of course, there is no upper limit!
Most students find the Benjamin Franklin Seminars to be among their most interesting and intellectually stimulating experiences at Penn. They are pursued as part of the major, as fulfilling the liberal arts component of the JWS/BFS program, or as electives outside the major. They are small classes, usually fewer than 20 students, are designed to be intensive, and give students and faculty the chance to jointly pursue deeper discoveries through discussion and investigation. Many seminars do not have extensive prerequisites; others require some knowledge going in. We design these courses to foster connections to both your peers and to faculty with similar interests to your own. You can find information on the seminars here and/or through PennInTouch.
Students in Wharton are invited into the JWS/BFS program upon acceptance to the university. Students are identified based on a strong academic record and on a demonstrated predisposition think broadly. If you have been invited to the Joseph Wharton Scholars Program for next year’s incoming class, go to the Joseph Wharton Scholars page here to download the acceptance form.
Students already on campus who wish to apply to JWS/BFS (including internal-transfer and dual-degree applicants from the other colleges) should:
The on-campus deadline for admission to the Benjamin Franklin Scholars program is May 15.
After the BFS program application has been submitted, send an email indicating an interest in being considered for admission to the JWS program to the Director.
You may view more information about the JWS program here.