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Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree
Credit Hour Requirements
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the College of Liberal Arts require a minimum of 123 credits, distributed according to the university and college policy outlined below, with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). A minimum 2.0 GPA must also be maintained in College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology (hereafter "CLA/CST") coursework and in the major.
A maximum of 9 credits of Independent Study can be applied to the Bachelor's degree. This does not include internship, externship, or research credits.
The College of Liberal Arts does not award baccalaureate degrees to students who have already completed an accredited first Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. degree, regardless of when the degree was completed.
All students entering an undergraduate degree program are required to complete the university General Education (GenEd) curriculum.
All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple University as designated by their major requirements. The specific writing-intensive courses required for each major are listed on the individual program pages and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.
Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirement for Bachelor of Arts Students
NOTE: This is *not* required for students majoring in the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior, & Plasticity program.
1) All B.A. students complete the second level of a foreign language;
2) All B.A. students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
3) All B.A. students must complete one of the following options:
(Please note: The Foreign Language/Global Studies requirement does not pertain to students pursuing the B.S. in Neuroscience. Neuroscience majors under the GenEd program must complete one Global/World Society course.)
Students must also complete the requirements of a major. The minimum acceptable grade in a course taken to fulfill major requirements is a "C-," though students need a 2.0 GPA overall in major coursework in order to graduate. At least half of the coursework required for a major must be taken at Temple University.
Students are permitted to double-major (both inside CLA and across schools and colleges) but Temple University does not permit transcription of a third major.
Students are encouraged to declare their major as soon as possible, and university policy requires that a major must be declared by the time a student has earned 60 credits.
Major requirements are determined by the effective semester of their declaration. The Academic Advising Center is responsible for making this assignment and informs the student via e-mail.
Students who wish to declare or change their major or minor should consult the Academic Advising Center at 1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 301.
B.A. and B.S. majors are offered in the divisions of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
Upper-level distribution requirements
All B.A. and B.S. students in the College of Liberal Arts must complete upper-level distribution requirements by taking two upper-level (numbered 2000-4999) CLA courses outside the curriculum division of the major (or upper-level College of Science and Technology courses) as stated above. Students who have double majors in two different divisions automatically satisfy the distribution requirement.
Note: The Humanities Division has been expanded to include upper-level courses in Art History.
Military Science Courses
Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts whose degree programs allow for free electives may apply up to 12 credits of military science courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels in Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), Military Science (Army ROTC), and Naval Science (Navy ROTC).
Courses Inapplicable to Graduation
Students will not receive credits for lower-level courses after successful completion of higher-level courses in sequenced courses of study. This only applies to the First Year Writing sequence in English (0701-0802), and all courses in Mathematics and Foreign Languages. For example, after passing a Spanish 1002 course, a student will not receive credits for Spanish 1001.
During the junior and senior years, any College of Liberal Arts student who is in good standing and taking a minimum of 12 semester hours may elect to take one course each semester on a Credit/No Credit basis, except for courses that count toward major, minor, GenEd, or distributional requirements. Application must be made at the Academic Advising Center during the first two weeks of a fall or spring semester course and during the first three days of a first or second summer session course.
Rather than major in an existing department or program, students may apply for a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. The proposed major should consist of coursework totaling at least 36 semester hours and be justified in terms of some thematic unit of cohesive rationale. The program must not closely resemble any major currently available in the College of Liberal Arts.
The proposed major program may include courses outside of the College of Liberal Arts, but at least 24 semester hours must be in upper-level liberal arts or science courses. The student's proposal must be sponsored by two faculty members from different departments, at least one of whom must be in the College of Liberal Arts. Approval for the program must be obtained from the College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Center prior to the initiation of the last 60 semester hours of the degree.
Honors Interdisciplinary Major
Students in the University Honors Program may apply for a College of Liberal Arts Honors Interdisciplinary Major. They must complete the degree requirements of the B.A. in the College of Liberal Arts and the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Major described above as well as the requirements for the University Honors Program. Approval for this program must also be obtained from the University Honors Committee prior to the initiation of the last 60 semester hours of the degree.
In addition, the proposed major program should include submission of an acceptable honors thesis to the University Honors Oversight Committee.
Students may also choose to complete the requirements for a minor. The minimum acceptable grade in a course taken to fulfill minor requirements is "C-," though students need a 2.0 GPA in the minor in order to have it awarded at graduation. At least half of the courses taken by a student to fulfill the minor must be taken at Temple. Students may declare a minor at the Academic Advising Center, 1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 301. The College of Liberal Arts offers minors in:
African American Studies; American Studies; Ancient Mediterranean Studies (see Classics); Anthropology (General), Anthropology (Visual), Arabic; Asian-American Studies; Asian Studies; Chinese; Classics; Cognitive Neuroscience (see Psychology); Criminal Justice; Economics; English; Environmental Studies; French; Geography and Urban Studies; German; History; Italian; Japanese; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LGBT); Neuroscience Research; Philosophy; Political Science; Portuguese; Psychology; Religion; Russian; Sociology; Sociology of Health; Spanish; and Women's Studies.
Certificates of Specialization
Students may choose to complete the requirements for an additional certificate of specialization. At least half of the courses taken by a student to fulfill a certificate of specialization must be taken at Temple. Students may declare a certificate in the Academic Advising Center, 1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 301. Certificates of specialization are available in the following programs:
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