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 6/19/2015

Alumni Profile: Laura Wolf '00

Laura Wolf '00 is Member Services Director of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau in western Massachusetts. Learning to use primary sources as a history major has proven to be vital to her work. 

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Story 6/17/2015

Alumni Profile: Timothy Bourgaize Murray '10

Tim Murray won the Charles I. Landis Award in 2010 for writing the best essay on an assigned topic in history. Like many government majors at F&M, Tim took several history courses, including the...

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Story 6/15/2015

Alumni Profile: Andrew DeMaio '10

Andrew DeMaio '10 recently graduated from George Mason University School of Law, magna cum laude. He credits the writing skills he honed as a history major at F&M with putting him a step ahead of his...

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Story 6/12/2015

Alumni Profile: Annika Turner '09

Annika Turner '09 pursued three study abroad experiences while a history major at F&M. She now works at a Regional Study Abroad Advisor with The George Washington University.

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Story 6/9/2015

Congratulations, Class of 2015 History Grads!

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! This slide show features photos of History graduates and faculty at Commencement on May 9.

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Story 6/9/2015

Alumni Profile: Miles Lang-Kennedy '08

Miles Lang-Kennedy serves as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Revere, Mass. "The critical thinking, time management, and writing skills that I developed while part of the History program at F&M...

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