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 1/16/2015

A Town Called Ferguson, A Place Called America

Marcia Chatelain Assistant Professor of History, Georgetown University Marcia Chatelain will share insights on the social, political and economic forces that facilitated the unrest in Ferguson,...

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Story 1/15/2015

Educator and Activist Shows F&M the History Behind Ferguson

On Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an African-American resident of Ferguson, Mo., was shot dead for allegedly threatening a white police officer. On Jan. 15 in Franklin & Marshall College's Mayser...

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Story 12/18/2014

NEH Grant Supports Professor's Book on Role of...

If any myths need exploding -- or at least, further exploration -- in American history, one of the most persistent is the idea that black Americans have only recently been participants in the...

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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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