How F&M Does Humanities

When you hear us say “humanities,” we mean subjects that study aspects of human society and culture. Subjects as wide-ranging as art and art history, music, dance, philosophy, literature and more can be found under the humanities umbrella.

When you study humanities at F&M, you'll explore the ways people across different times and places make sense of their lives in diverse forms of artistic, cultural and intellectual expression. Through your courses and hands-on work, you'll examine the range of human experience through the study of languages, literatures, philosophies, religions and cultural and artistic productions.

Mia Gwirtzman '23 has a discussion with Nicholas Bonneau, adjunct professor of history. Gwirtzman recorded a podcast focus on research in art history and public health.

Out-of-the-Classroom Learning

We emphasize hands-on experiential work. When you study humanities at F&M, you’ll have opportunities to step out of the classroom and into the field to engage in different, dynamic forms of learning. With off-campus study and research opportunities, internships and more, you’ll collaborate with world-class humanities faculty, engage with the community, get practical, real-world experience and explore questions students elsewhere might only read about.

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Careers in Humanities

After graduating from F&M, many of our students pursue graduate studies in the humanities at leading programs around the world.  Other students leverage the skills they've gained from the humanities — writing, analysis, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and cultural knowledge and awareness among others — and find success in careers in education, law, medicine, business, the nonprofit sector, and more.

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See Humanities at F&M in Action

February 13, 2024

Meet the Students of F&M’s First Neurodivergent Art Exhibit

Meet the student artists behind “Spectra: Exploring Neurodiverse Art in Franklin & Marshall College.” The exhibition celebrates the artwork of students on campus who identify as neurodivergent.

January 31, 2024

‘Losing Blue’: When Art Explains Science

“Losing Blue,” a collaborative effort between the filmmaker, her writer and two F&M biologists, Professors Janet Fischer and Mark Olson, a wife-and-husband scientific team.

December 12, 2023

The Best Winter Break Books

What do F&M faculty members and staff read to unwind? As students close out the semester, we’ve rounded up recommendations for the top winter break reads.