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About Departments, Majors, Minors & Programs

What are the different academic departments and programs at the College?

Franklin & Marshall has a wide spectrum of departments and programs.  It is very important that you have a general sense of the departments and programs at F&M, knowledge of their location and some familiarity with their course offerings and/or special programs.


What should I know about majors offered at the College?

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts degree, you must complete a prescribed concentration of courses, referred to as the major. A major program must consist of at least eight course credits and may not exceed 16 course credits. You  must earn a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average in those courses used by the major department to compute the major grade point average.  There are currently thirty-two majors at the College.


What should I know about minors offered at the College?

An academic minor is an approved concentration of six courses within a designated department or program. Minors are optional; when declared, a student may officially declare one minor.  Minors, either disciplinary or cross-disciplinary, also satisfy the Explorations requirement. Specific requirements for a minor are listed with each department's offerings. There are currently sixteen minors at the College.


Should I be worried if I don't know what my major is going to be?

Absolutely not. Being "undecided" is very acceptable at F&M. In fact, it is best to think of your first two years at Franklin & Marshall as a time of exploration. F&M is a liberal arts college that asks its students to take courses across many areas of human inquiry. Most students change their minds about their major at least once during their first two years. Enjoy this freedom!


Are pre-law and pre-healing arts majors?

No. In addition, there is no one academic major that law schools or health professions schools prefer over another. You should choose a major in an area of great interest and intellectual curiosity. Students pursuing law or medical school from F&M pursue a wide range of majors, building upon the foundation of a strong liberal arts education.  As a pre-healing arts student, if you major in chemistry, physics, or biology, you presumably do so because you are extremely interested in science as well as medicine.