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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.

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  • Franklin & Marshall College Assistant Professor of History Laura Shelton is collaborating with two student Hackman Scholars, Cesar Diego '16 and Morgan Gray '16, on the cause behind an unusual number of infanticide cases in 19th century Mexico. The project merges computer science and history, reflecting how technology today is making more and more historical records available via the Internet. Click on the photo to read the story.