How F&M Does
Social Sciences 

“Social sciences” study the human-made world: how people interact, how we build social institutions and how our lives are affected by larger patterns of inequality and opportunity.  Subjects like anthropology, history, sociology, economics, government, public health, public policy, business, organizations and society and more are considered part of the social sciences family.

The way we teach the social sciences at F&M shapes minds, builds curiosity, launches careers and has an impact on students for a lifetime.

Working side-by-side with deeply engaged faculty on innovative social research projects—whether it be interviewing urban migrants on a study abroad program in Latin America, discovering long-neglected aspects of Lancaster's history in local archives, designing a survey on people's health practices or investigating your own ideas about educational reform, you’ll develop a specialized understanding of societies and the human impact on our world.

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Out-of-the-Classroom Learning

When you study social sciences at F&M, you’ll have opportunities to go beyond the classroom and step into the societies you’re studying. You can put what you’ve learned to practice through field study and research opportunities, internships and more. Social sciences students have engaged in research projects in F&M’s home city of Lancaster, as well as Spain, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.

 

Social Sciences
in Action at F&M

Story 5/11/2022

‘Someone Like Me Does Have the Opportunity to Make Change in...

Ali Husaini dreams of walking the halls of Congress, making positive changes for those in need. “I want to be in the front and center and be immersed in the political system,” he said. 

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Story 5/9/2022

Exploring the Intersection of Economics and Feminism

Franklin & Marshall College senior Kamakshi Shah didn’t expect to fall in love with economics. She had always thought of the subject as “intimidating,” but after taking a class at her high school in...

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Story 4/15/2022

The Economy Weighs on Voters, According to April F&M Poll

More than one in three or 36% of respondents to the April Franklin & Marshall College Poll say they are “worse off” financially than a year ago, reflecting their views expressed in the March poll.

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Maria Mitchell
Cambodia School Project