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Welcome to the Social Thought Program at Penn State

The Social Thought Program at Penn State has served since 1992 as a network of communication and mutually enhanced scholarship for those members of the university community in various disciplines with shared interests in social, cultural and political theories. This joint venture in teaching and research has been developed by means of an interdisciplinary approach to learning that emphasizes an historical understanding of intellectual change. The Program is aimed at graduate students whose academic interests are broad, and is taught by faculty with a similar orientation. It offers a doctoral minor in Social Thought that augments a student's principal field of study. The Program also coordinates public events, informal gatherings, reading groups, and other modes of interaction for young scholars and their faculty colleagues.