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 2/4/2016

Modern Media and Purposely Garbled Campaign Messages

With this week's recently concluded Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary just days away, journalist Lonnie Isabel came to F&M to talk about how the media and presidential campaigns have...

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Story 1/26/2016

Students, Faculty Reflect on Lasting Legacy of Dr. Martin...

The legacy of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is seen through various lenses and interpreted in many ways. On Jan. 26, Franklin & Marshall College community members shared their...

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Story 1/22/2016

Junior History, AMS Majors Invited to Apply for Andrew Award

All junior American Studies and History majors are invited to apply for the John A. Andrew III Award,.

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