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 faculty includes specialists in American and European history, as well as Latin American, Jewish, Asian, African and Islamic World history, reflecting our international focus.

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 law, government, business, journalism, teaching, marketing, foreign service and archival and museum management.

The Pulse

Story 8/25/2015

Alumni Profile: Chad Wright '11

Chad Wright '11 is a Child and Family Case Manager at the Centre County Youth Service Bureau in Pennsylvania.

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Story 8/17/2015

Alumni Profile: Tom DeMaio '10

Tom DeMaio '10 is Director of College Placement and Alumni for South Bronx United, a community-based organization that uses soccer as a tool for social change.

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Story 8/3/2015

Alumni Profile: Yiran Zhou '10

Yiran Zhou '10 majored in history at F&M and then returned to his native China after graduation to pursue a career in filmmaking. He is currently an MFA student at UCLA.

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Story 7/17/2015

Becca Meyers '17 Wins ESPY Award

Franklin & Marshall College swimmer Becca Meyers, a rising junior majoring in history, won the 2015 ESPY Award for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

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Story 7/13/2015

Alumni Profile: Hilary Green '99

Hilary Green '99 is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama.

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Story 7/10/2015

Sky Supremacy: Learning to Fight the Air War over Europe

Through trial and error, aircrews in World War II had to learn how to fly new, technologically advanced airplanes and how to fight a resilient, resourceful foe in the European Theatre. The question...

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