Pennsylvania State University and American University offer courses in local history as of 2015. These universities offer history courses in full-time undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees and programs.
Penn State offers a Bachelor of Arts in History degree for students to take classes in local history in a wide range of perspectives. Most history majors need to complete at least 123 credit hours that may be tailored to a specific area of interest.
The Penn State Altoona campus in Logan Township offers the B.A. in History courses and gives students the choice to study American history or western and non-western civilizations. The whole course focuses on and introduces students to the social and cultural movements essential to American history. The Penn State Behrend College campus also has a B.A. in History program that focuses on the evolution of the American and European institutions.
American University offers history programs at undergraduate and graduate course levels. The courses include noncredit and credit options and may be divided into select local history, such as American Encounters, African-American History, Civil Rights in the United States, American Conservatism and Ethnicity in America. AU also offers an MA and PhD in Public History designed to prepare students to interpret local and national histories.