Experience, Engage, Work in the Humanities 

Acquiring one of the most essential skills – learning how to question -- is at the heart of the study of the humanities at Franklin & Marshall College.

We recognize that in whatever path of life students choose, the ability to understand differing values, identify conflicts in thinking and reasoning, and find answers to complex questions is essential for cultivating qualities of innovation and leadership.

That's why we emphasize study in intimate classes, with the student-to-faculty ratio in some humanities majors, such as philosophy, as small as 5:1. And we also offer opportunities for field study and research that students might usually expect to pursue in the sciences or other fields. Students at F&M experience and engage with the questions that students elsewhere might only read about.

Students studying classics, for example, have kneeled alongside faculty with chisels in hand, digging at an archaeological site in Tuscany to find answers buried for millennia; and a student of philosophy traveled to Israel with an F&M professor to present a published paper they co-authored on the subject of emotions.

This is part of the distinctiveness  in our approach to the humanities. Study at F&M spans the full range of study of human culture and the human experience, from classical archaeology to literature, to philosophy and cultural studies, and through languages. 

We offer courses in 11 languages, ranging from introductory language courses to upper-level seminars taught in other languages on topics such as literature and film.

F&M embraces the principle that students who are linguistically, intellectually and culturally equipped to communicate successfully are better prepared to thrive in our multicultural society, both in the United States and around the world.

Mapping Deserted Greek Villages for Posterity 
  • mapping Greek villages

An F&M professor and his student researcher used the latest tool in archeology, the drone, to capture aerial photos in a survey of abandoned Greek villages. Read more

Student, Professor Take Research Findings to Israel 
  • Study Abroad: Rome

Professor of Philosophy Bennett Helm and senior Dan Kaplan traveled to Israel to present a paper they co-authored that explored emotions through a metaphysical lens. ​ Read more

Humanities for Life

Students Study Arabic for Life Beyond F&M 
  • After War student documentary

Two Franklin & Marshall students have been selected for the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic abroad hope to apply their language skills to their professional careers.  Religious Studies major Morgan Kincade traveled to Jordan and psychology major Brenna Snyder traveled to Morocco as part of a select group of 550 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country in a program designed to promote use of critical language beyond college.

Did you know ...

Some of the world's most prominent leaders in all sectors of business and industry majored in the humanities as undergraduates at colleges across the country:

  • Founder of the CNN and TBS cable TV networks, Ted Turner, was a classics major
  • Former Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner was a double major in English and theatre
  • Former CEO of MTV, Judy McGrath, and the former CEO of Avon cosmetics, Andrea Jung, were both English majors

Among graduates of F&M:

  • Former counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Stan Brand graduated with a major in English
  • Actor Treat Williams of the TV series "Heartland" and "Everwood" majored in drama (now configured as a major in theatre)

The Pulse of the Humanities at F&M

Story 12/12/2014

World War I Museum Pops Up in College Center

A new museum suddenly materialized on Franklin & Marshall College's campus one recent snowy December evening, the work of Associate Professor of German Jennifer Redmann and 22 students whose exhibits...

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Story 12/9/2014

Making Connections Half a World Away

Sixteen first-year students taking an "Americans in Paris" course this semester collaborated with eight sophomore and junior classmates spending the semester in the French capital to add depth and...

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Story 12/5/2014

To Study Abroad, With Intent and Purpose

An abiding interest in Asian languages draws a history major to  China.  A  pianist travels to Austria to explore musicology. An environmental studies major returns to his native Brazil to research...

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Story 12/5/2014

Beyond Conquest: The Native American Experience

Growing up near three Mohawk Indian reservations in her native Quebec sparked Mary Ann Levine's interest in Native Americans, but it was an incident in the Canadian town of Oka that moved the...

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Story 11/24/2014

Same 'Fandm' Address, New Website for Franklin & Marshall...

Visitors to Franklin & Marshall's website soon will experience a new look and feel when they arrive at fandm.edu. The College's dynamic new website launches in December. The redesign project provides...

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Story 11/19/2014

Gender and Human Rights Experts Kick Off Feminist Dialogue...

Two leading scholars in the fields of human rights and gendered violence, Elora Chowdhury and Amy Den Ouden, will be on campus Nov. 20 to launch the Alice Drum Women's Center Feminist Dialogue Series. 

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Story 11/14/2014

Dance Performance Reflects the Turmoil of War

Common Hour presentation "Moving Souls: Dance For Its Time" highlights excerpts from works by modern dancers and choreographers Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham. 

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Story 10/30/2014

Seeing A Nation's History Through A Global Lens

As he showed a photograph of a massive ossuary containing the skeletal remains of tens of thousands of French and German soldiers, Mueller Fellow and Yale University Historian Jay Winter asked a...

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Story 10/29/2014

World War I Shades A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare wrote about Athenian lovers, fairies, guildsmen and a troublemaker named "Puck" for the late 16th century stage, but Schnader Theatre's fall production of "A Midsummer Night's...

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