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 9/27/2019

Civil Discourse in Our Uncivil Age

For his Sept. 26 Common Hour topic, “Millennials and the Future of Civil Discourse,” Alexander Heffner, the host of PBS’s “The Open Mind,” discussed today’s often uncivil political discourse, its...

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Story 9/5/2019

A Long Way From Behind Enemy Lines

Four years after the liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation, Marthe Cohn enlisted as an Allied spy. Now 99 years old, Cohn relaxed comfortably in a chair on stage in F&M’s Alumni Sports and Fitness...

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Story 5/14/2019

How a Social Movement Became a State Crisis

An F&M history professor experiencing French history in the making 

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October 24
event 10/24/2019

This is the Rat Speaking: Remembering the 1969 Black Student...

Mayser Gymnasium

Dr. Benjamin Bowser ‘69 Adrian C. Lamos, Jr ‘72 Dr. Todd Mealy Prof. LeRoy Pernell ‘71 This...

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October 29
event 10/29/2019

Advanced Studies in England

Joseph International Center Forum 101

An information session for the Advanced Studies in England program, located in Bath, England. For...

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November 07
event 11/7/2019

Free Speech, Academic Freedom and Neo-liberalism in Higher...

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

A lecture by Dr.  Joan Wallach Scott Professor Emerita, School of Social Science, Institute for...

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November 13
event 11/13/2019

Cuban Revolution, U.S. Radicalism

Stager 102 Stahr Auditorium

What influence did the 1959 Cuban Revolution have on U.S. social justice movements of the 1960s and...

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