The graduate program at Penn State accepts students for specialization in four primary areas: 19th-century United States, Early Modern Global, Latin America, and China. However, we also acknowledge and encourage breadth within our graduate program. So in addition to these four primary areas, the program encourages our students to pick two secondary areas of specialization: 20th-century United States, Modern Europe, Medieval Europe, Transnational/Global, or Women's and Gender History.
No matter what areas of study graduate students select, they will find a cohort of accomplished professors with whom to share their work. From the very first year, our program encourages (and funds) exploratory research in archives, libraries, and special collections across the United States and even the world. Our seminars position our students to write research papers with an eye to future publication even prior to beginning one's dissertation.
Our department is actively committed to positioning and educating students in order to maximize their chances in receiving national grants, fellowships and prizes. We offer dedicated workshops that address topics on applying for grants, best teaching practices, and preparing for the job market.
In other words, the doctoral program in History at Penn State adopts an approach that seeks to aid our students in all dimensions of their graduate careers and, we hope, well beyond their years at Penn State.