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 2/13/2020

Junior History, AMS Majors Invited to Apply for Andrew Award

All juniors majoring in History or American Studies are invited to apply for the John Andrew Award, presented annually to a student who exemplifies the commitment to scholarship and service that...

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Story 2/6/2020

History Dept. Invites Submissions for Landis Award 2020

The History Dept. invites students to submit papers for consideration for the Landis Award, presented each spring to the student writing the best paper  in history in the previous calendar year.

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Story 11/15/2019

Mueller Fellow Tells Stories to Illustrate Immigration...

Sandra Cisneros, a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and a noted author and activist, chose a different way to discuss the immigration question during her recent visit to Franklin &...

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February 28
event 2/28/2020

Beethoven@250 with Dr. Jeremy Yudkin

Miller Recital Hall/Nevin Chapel

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March 03
event 3/3/2020

Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire and Environment in the...

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

The map of the modern Middle East is often associated with Sykes and Picot, the European officials...

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March 03
event 3/3/2020

DeRoy Endowed Judaic Scholar/Artist lecture by Bryan Roby

Life Science 142 Bonchek Lecture Hall

"Israel through a Colored Lens: Black Perspectives on Israeli History" This talk explores African...

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