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 10/7/2015

Studying Gender and Music in China

Senior Bess Liu, one of the winners of the Alice Drum Summer Research award for Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, studied female piano pedagogy in China during the summer of 2015.

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Story 10/2/2015

Examining Success, Shortcomings 50 Years After Passing of...

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act, ensuring black Americans unfettered access to vote. This fall, a Franklin & Marshall College panel will examine the...

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Story 10/1/2015

From WWI to ISIS, Genocide Casts a Long Shadow

Genocide never fully succeeds in eradicating a people, no matter how much its perpetrators destroy. They always leave behind evidence — documents, memories and human remains — to inform future...

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October 28
event 10/28/2015

Measuring Manhood: Race and the Science of Masculinity

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

From the “gay gene” to the “female brain” and African American students’ insufficient “hereditary...

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November 12
event 11/12/2015

A State Without Citizens: The Tragedy of Syrian History

Life Sciences 142 Auditorium

 Before coming to Indiana University in Fall 2007, Dr. Martin taught at the University of Memphis,...

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