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 global and transnational approach to history draws on faculty specialties ranging from African to Asian, Islamic, Jewish, Latin American, European and American history. The department's course offerings are especially strong in the study of women, gender and sexuality as well as 20th- and 21st-century history.

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, among other fields, law, government, business, journalism, education, social work, filmmaking, sports management and coaching, communications, publishing, marketing, foreign service and archival and museum management.

The Pulse

Story 3/9/2017

Alumni Profile: Patrick Bevilacqua '02

Patrick Bevilacqua '02 works in digital advertising at an agency in New York City. 

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Story 2/20/2017

Junior History, AMS Majors Invited to Apply for Andrew Award

Junior History and American Studies majors are invited to apply for the 2017 John Andrew Award. Deadline is February 24.

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Story 11/22/2016

Sheldon Ruby '17 Earns Prestigious Fellowship for Foreign...

One of the largest postgraduate fellowships ever received by a Franklin & Marshall College student has been awarded to Sheldon Ruby '17.

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October 05
event 10/5/2017

Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Africans in...

Mayser Gymnasium

Leroy Taft Hopkins, Jr. Professor of German Language (Emeritus) at Millersville University,...

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October 12
event 10/12/2017

Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not...

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

Please join us for a discussion with Nadine Strossen on her forthcoming book,  HATE: Why We Should...

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October 16
event 10/16/2017

Students, Sodomy and the State: LGBT Campus Struggles in the...

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

In this lecture, Marc Stein, Professor of History at San Francisco State University, will...

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