Meet the Future with an Understanding of the Past 

Only with knowledge of the past, where humans have come from and how they have responded to success and failure, can anyone expect to understand the consequences of future actions.

The Franklin & Marshall History major offers a comprehensive curriculum, covering a wide range of geographic regions, topical themes and time periods. Our global and transnational approach to history draws on faculty specialties ranging from African to Asian, Islamic, Jewish, Latin American, European and American history. The department's course offerings are especially strong in the study of women, gender and sexuality as well as 20th- and 21st-century history.

We encourage our students to study abroad throughout the world. Our students have studied in Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania and Zanzibar, among others.

In keeping with the traditions of a small, liberal arts college, we direct a large number of independent studies, allowing students to study specific topics related to world history while pursuing a personal line of intellectual inquiry.

We provide close supervision as students learn the essential skills of historians. Through survey and topics courses, seminars and independent study projects, students gain the ability to research thoroughly, read critically, analyze sources accurately and write and communicate their findings clearly.

The study of History at F&M provides a strong foundation for many professional fields. Recent graduates have chosen careers in, among other fields, law, government, business, journalism, education, social work, filmmaking, sports management and coaching, communications, publishing, marketing, foreign service and archival and museum management.

The Pulse

Story 10/13/2016

Native Americans and the Complex History of America

Mark Charles, Washington, D.C., correspondent for Native News Online, discusses the racial and cultural complexities of American history during Common Hour Oct. 12.

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Story 10/6/2016

Abdul-Jabbar Describes Life as Basketball Star, Social...

Before a capacity crowd in Mayser Gymnasium, where F&M’s men’s and women’s basketball teams came to hear him speak as well as get photographed with the six-time NBA champion, Abdul-Jabbar said his...

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Story 8/5/2016

F&M's Becca Meyers Heads for Gold in Rio

Franklin & Marshall College swimmer Becca Meyers is striving for gold in at least three events when she competes next month at the Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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November 09
event 11/9/2016

The Cuban Drumbeat: Fidel Castro and Africa

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

Cuba’s role in the world since 1959 is without precedent.  During the Cold War, extra-continental...

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