The Department of History and Sociology of Science at Penn offers a distinctive Ph.D. program focusing on the social, historical, and cultural study of science, medicine, technology, and the environment. Our faculty and student interests span the early modern period to contemporary times, covering regions from around the globe. The city of Philadelphia offers a vibrant range of scholarly resources, including world-class archives, museums, libraries, universities, and learned societies. The Department has trained some of the most successful scholars practicing in the field today; in addition to faculty positions, many of our graduates also go on to successful careers in public history, publishing, policy, and consulting. Our Department is known for its intellectual rigor, innovative scholarship, and strong sense of camaraderie.
**The School of Arts and Sciences regrets to announce a one-year pause in School-funded Ph.D. admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. The Department of History and Sociology of Science hopes to accept applications again in the fall of 2021 and welcome a new cohort of PhD students in the 2022-23 academic year. We continue to provide information about the application process on our websites, through the Graduate Group coordinator, and the Graduate Chair, and look forward to talking to those interested in applying in future years. The application process for the terminal M.A. degree remains open.**