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 11/8/2017

Donald Trump and the Ghost of Richard Nixon

On Nov. 15, Franklin & Marshall College hosts Luke Nichter, professor of history at Texas A&M University – Central Texas, a leading authority on Nixon’s White House tapes, the Oval Office recordings...

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Story 11/1/2017

Memories of McCarthyism in the Age of Trump

From 1947 to 1960, the United States experienced the sustained repression of free speech and the right to dissent in the name of national security. Thousands of Americans who belonged to...

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Story 10/19/2017

Autumn Research Fair: How 19th Century White Performers...

Digging deep into library archives and university collections, Franklin & Marshall College junior Jael Lewis spent part of her summer immersed in the world of entertainment in antebellum Philadelphia 

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