How We Teach and Learn at F&M
At Franklin & Marshall College, the world is at your fingertips. Whether you were born knowing your path or you’re unsure which fork in the road to follow, you’ll have extraordinary opportunities to explore any and all of your passions, and even discover passions you didn’t know you had.
At F&M, we believe that education is not one-size-fits-all. It’s one-size-fits-one. Students who come to F&M are big thinkers, self-starters and entrepreneurs, and each one embarks on an educational journey that’s unique to them.
If you want to take control of your education, engage, test ideas and stand out, F&M is the place for you. You'll explore sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences and gain the confidence to pursue whatever you dream. Because with a liberal arts education from F&M, you can do it all.
Vibrant and inclusive, the sciences at F&M cross boundaries and weave subjects together in ways you didn’t know were possible. As a future scientist, you’ll find we’re committed to your education by providing a place of discovery and forming a culture of collaboration along the path to scientific discovery.Research, Partner, Publish in the Natural Sciences
When you study humanities at F&M, you’ll engage with the full range of human culture and experiences. By studying art and art history, languages, music, philosophy and more, you’ll gain an intricate understanding of how each aspect of human society and culture connects.Experience, Engage, Work in the Humanities
At F&M, you’ll study technique and composition, theory and practice, and critique and analysis—but you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your own creative talents and skills. Faculty are committed to helping you stage your own play, compose your own music, choreograph your own dance moves, write your own novel or produce your own filmDirect, Compose, Perform the Arts
Social sciences at F&M will help you develop a specialized understanding of societies and the human impact on our world. You’ll have opportunities to work side-by-side with deeply engaged faculty, collect and analyze data and investigate your own theories.Investigate, Explore, Apply the Social Sciences
The cornerstone of the educational experience we offer is students working side-by-side with faculty who want to help them test ideas—not just talk or read about them. These are not experiences you have to wait until graduate school to pursue. It's a core part of what we do.
Our focus on global education recognizes that, no matter where life takes students after F&M, they will be working and living with people with vastly different ways of perceiving our world. A global education helps students begin to understand how to negotiate these differences, strengthening abilities to successfully live and work in our increasingly global society.
Our commitment to this global perspective is not only reflected in our curriculum—such as our international studies programs and our numerous language programs—and our study abroad opportunities, but as well as our strong global presence on campus. Seventeen percent of our students come from abroad to study here in the U.S.
At F&M, a global education involves not only classroom learning, but also hands-on experiential learning in communities around the world. We offer resources for planning your trip, funding travel through fellowships and grants, and peer mentoring with "off-campus study ambassadors."Learn more
We understand that competency in a foreign language will help you develop an informed and thoughtful awareness of language as a system and facilitate your exploration of other cultural worlds, which is why studying a non-native language at F&M is a graduation requirement.Learn more
The Office of International Programs holds the advising and administrative staff for International & Off-Campus Study as well as International Student Services. We support F&M students pursuing an international education program, whether overseas or in Lancaster.Visit us
F&M students and alumni have access to support as they apply for various post-graduate national and international fellowships including, the Fulbright, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes scholarships. F&M also offers summer scholarships to support travel for study and research.Explore now
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