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 2/26/2015

A Moral Responsibility To the Holocaust and Other Mass...

A Yale University professor discussed "Cultural Trauma, Social Solidarity and Moral Responsibility: Reactions to the Holocaust and other Modern Mass Murders," at the Feb. 26 Common Hour.

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Story 2/16/2015

Civil Rights Week at F&M: 'We Shall Always March Ahead'

Given recent events in the U.S. -- simmering racial tensions, police shootings of unarmed black youth, and the fight for the rights of immigrants and the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual...

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Story 2/2/2015

Publishing With Depth, Teaching With Innovation

Dean Hammer arrived at Franklin & Marshall College in 1994, a proponent of a pedagogical method based on posing questions, problems or scenarios rather than drilling facts and figures. Twenty years...

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March 05
event 3/5/2015

Common Hour - Beyond the Sex Wars: Histories of...

Mayser Gymnasium

Claire Potter Professor of History, The New School for Public Engagement  This Common Hour talk...

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