The American Studies program at Penn State Harrisburg has a rich history that reaches back to the establishment of the Harrisburg campus. The program was established in the late 1960s with the goal of providing students with a comprehensive understanding of American culture, society, and history. Our M.A. program traces its beginning to 1972. Our doctoral program was founded in 2009 and is the only American studies doctorate offered in Pennsylvania.
Today, American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg continues to thrive as an important academic program at Penn State. It continues to evolve and adapt to the changing dynamics of American society, ensuring that students receive a comprehensive and interdisciplinary education that prepares them for a wide range of professional and intellectual pursuits.
The program emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary studies, encouraging students to explore various aspects of American culture and society from different perspectives. By integrating multiple academic disciplines, the program aims to provide a holistic understanding of the United States.
Over the years, the American Studies program developed a diverse and comprehensive curriculum. It offers a range of courses that cover topics such as American history, literature, folklore, popular culture, politics, race and ethnicity, gender studies, and more. This allows students to tailor their education to their specific interests within the broader field of American Studies.
Faculty & Research
The program has attracted a talented and dedicated group of faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. These faculty members conduct research, publish scholarly work, and actively engage with students in the classroom and through advising and mentoring.
Growth and Recognition
Over time, the American Studies program has grown in both size and reputation. It has attracted a diverse student body, and its graduates have pursued various career paths in academia, government, non-profit organizations, and many other fields. The program has gained recognition for its contributions to the field of American Studies and its commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship.
The American Studies program fosters a strong sense of community and encourages student involvement. Students have opportunities to participate in research projects, internships, and community-based learning experiences. The program also organizes seminars, events, conferences, and guest lectures to promote intellectual engagement and dialogue among students, faculty, and scholars.