Emphasizing the interdisciplinary study of American society and culture, coursework and hands-on experiences provide students with the knowledge and analytical skills to thrive in teaching and administrative roles in colleges, universities, and high schools; governmental and public policy agencies; museums, cultural organizations, and archives; and communications venues.
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The program benefits from Penn State Harrisburg's proximity to internationally known heritage sites such as the Gettysburg Battlefield; Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, State Archives, and State Museum; historic ethnic-industrial sites of Hershey, Steelton, and the anthracite coal region; and Amish and Mennonite farmlands. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, and Washington, D.C. provide further opportunities for research, internships, field trips, and other experiences.
While students must enroll full time (9 credits) for two consecutive semesters, many students complete the degree while working full or part time. Most graduate courses are offered in the evening.
Degree Conferred: Ph.D.
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