African Studies Center

The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania brings together researchers and students, along with cultural, business and media entities, to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa. The Center coordinates a wide range of course offerings and events in a variety of disciplines ranging from history, language and culture to health, science and business.
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Ancient History

The Graduate Group in Ancient History is a program that coordinates a curriculum encompassing the whole of the ancient history of the Near East and the Mediterranean Basin. It has as its aim the preparation of candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
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Anthropology

The major strength of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania is its high quality across all four fields: Archaeology, Cultural, Linguistic, and Physical. Members of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holders of major offices in the leading professional societies have come from each of the department's quadrants.
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Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World

The Graduate Group in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World trains students for careers in the art and archaeology of Classical and Near Eastern Civilizations. Drawing on the vast resources of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, AAMW incorporates fieldwork, museum internships, and university instruction into a flexible interdisciplinary program leading to the M.A. and Ph.D.
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Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is the only institution in the world devoted exclusively to post-doctoral research on Jewish civilization in all its historical and cultural manifestations.
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Center for East Asian Studies

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary unit composed of faculty members whose teaching and research focus primarily on China, Japan, Korea, and bordering areas.
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Center for Folklore and Ethnography

The Center for Folklore and Ethnography fosters the exchange of ideas among scholars, students and the general public concerning the perspectives that folklore and ethnography provide on the making of social life in the past and present.
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Classical Studies

Classical Studies at Penn encompasses all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman culture and its influence through the Middle Ages and Renaissance up to the present day: not just the ancient languages and literatures, but also material culture, history, (political, social, economic, and intellectual), philosophy, religion, mythology, and the classical tradition.
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Comparative Literature and Literary Theory

The Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at Penn is a dynamic and congenial intellectual community that brings members together through common, core interests. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs for the study of literature through various disciplinary and critical perspectives, and the study of cultural history through the production of representations.
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Earth and Environmental Science

The mission of our department is to bring the time perspective of the Earth scientist/historian to bear on contemporary problems of natural-resource conservation and environmental quality. We pursue this mission by exploring present and past interactions of processes that integrate the four terrestrial spheres: lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere; by reconstructing the physical and biological history of our Planet to provide a baseline for projection of observed trends into an uncertain future; and by educating future generations of environmental analysts, managers, and planners to exercise responsible stewardship of Earth and her natural resources.
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East Asian Languages and Civilizations

EALC is a department of interdisciplinary scholars who focus on the humanistic tradition in East Asia, covering both the classical and modern civilizations of China, Japan, and Korea. We teach and research the disciplines of history, literary history, linguistics, art history, performance and gender studies, philosophy, religion, and ethics.
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Ethnohistory

The Ethnohistory Program is an interdisciplinary enterprise that draws upon the expertise and interests of faculty throughout the University. It is coordinated by an Ethnohistory Committee consisting of scholars from departments that include Anthropology, History, and History and Sociology of Science. Active participants in the program also represent a wide range of disciplines and area specializations.
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History

The department of History at Penn trains professional historians who are both scholars and teachers.
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History and Sociology of Science

History and Sociology of Science uses the tools of the humanities and social sciences to study science, technology, and medicine. Its practitioners strive to grasp the relations between the technical practice of scientists, engineers, medical researchers, and clinicians, and the material, social, and cultural circumstances in which they work.
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History of Art

The Department of the History of Art is a small organization with a large mission and a long list of accomplishments. The temporal span of our department's work is the whole history of human expression in the visual arts, and our geographic range is almost the entire world.
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Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP)

The Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP) was established as a non-profit organization (501K) in the United States in 1982. The goal of INSTAP’s grant program is to promote knowledge of the Aegean region, and to support archaeological fieldwork and research in that area in the chronological span of the Neolithic Period through to the First Olympiad in 776 BC. To that end, INSTAP has awarded more than 2000 grants to individual scholars and organizations from more than 15 different countries.
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Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies program at Penn reflects the full range and diverse dimensions of the Jewish experience as well as different approaches to studying Jewish life and culture. Jewish Studies courses offer students the opportunity to explore Jewish history, literature, texts, and traditions and the ways that they have evolved in the context of various civilizations.
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Latin American and Latino Studies

Our program allows students to approach Latin American and Latino cultures in all their diversity of expression - not only "high culture" but also folk and other forms, from pre-Columbian times to the present, from Rio de Janeiro to New York and beyond. Ibero-America is a focal point from which undergraduates may reach out toward scholarly research on the pre-Columbian societies of the Americas, Spain and Portugal, the non-Hispanic Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States.
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Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest modern linguistics department in the United States, founded by Zellig Harris in 1947. The department is known for its interdisciplinary research, spanning many subfields of linguistics as well as areas of cognitive science, and integration of theory, corpus research, and field work.
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Middle East Center

Since the Middle East Center was founded in 1965, it has worked to bring the University of Pennsylvania's long-established programs in ancient and medieval languages and civilizations together with scholarship on modern Middle East politics and societies.
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Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) engages in the interdisciplinary humanistic study and teaching of the cultures of the Near East (often called the Middle East) as they express themselves in languages and texts, broadly defined to include written and oral sources, as well as art, architecture, archaeology, and material culture.
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Penn Museum

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, through its research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, advances understanding of the world's cultural heritage.
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Penn Museum’s Applied Science Center for Archaeology (MASCA)

MASCA is the scientific division of the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Its research focuses on the application of modern scientific techniques that will aid the interpretation of archaeological contexts and the materials recovered from those contexts, during both current excavations and past ones.
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Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy at Penn has always combined work in core areas of philosophy, including history of philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy, with an outward looking attitude that engages other disciplines.
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Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of specializations within the study of religion. With particular strengths in the study of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the African-American religious experience, the department emphasizes descriptive, historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the study of religion.
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South Asia Center

The South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania coordinates faculty drawn from many departments and several schools who participate in decisions of the Center in developing community and University-wide programs and activities pertaining to South Asia.
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South Asia Regional Studies Graduate Group

The South Asia Regional Studies Graduate Group of the Department of South Asia Studies awards MA and PhD degrees. Because it provides a broad, multidisciplinary exposure to South Asia, many students find the South Asia MA to be an ideal beginning point for graduate studies dealing with South Asia and a helpful preparation for employment in business or government.
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South Asian Studies

The South Asia Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1948, is the oldest South Asia area studies program in the nation. The Department is home for all faculty teaching South Asia languages and cultures, ancient and modern, with dual appointments of faculty in other disciplinary departments where appropriate.
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