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Academic Programs / Liberal Arts
Teresa Scott Soufas, Dean
Annette McMenamin Bakley, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Affairs
1249 Anderson Hall
Chris Wolfgang, Director of Academic Advising
1810 Liacouras Walk, Third Floor
Amanda Gibson, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Affairs and CLA Grievance Officer
1215 Anderson Hall
Given the current pace of social and technological change in the world community, a firm grounding in the liberal arts is essential to one's prospects for success. Although recent trends in higher education highlight the proliferation of job-specific training, a well-rounded, liberal arts education is more relevant now than ever before. While highly specialized training and knowledge may prove helpful in landing one's first job, those who will build successful careers and lead us into the future will have a much broader, more transferable set of skills. Our graduates will be able to think critically while analyzing complex issues and developing creative solutions to problems that we have not yet imagined. The written and oral communication skills honed by a liberal arts program will allow our graduates to communicate their ideas concisely and effectively to both specialized and lay audiences. Working across disciplines to evaluate ideas and arguments throughout their college career, liberal arts graduates develop the technological and cultural literacy necessary to thrive in the global marketplace. In short, our leaders of the future will possess the skills and attributes that have long defined a liberal arts education.
In the College of Liberal Arts, our students learn how to learn by exploring a rich diversity of rigorous coursework in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, English, history, philosophy, sociology, religion, psychology and foreign languages. Many of our courses are taught in intimate, seminar-style settings that encourage students to engage our world-class faculty in meaningful discourse that expands world views and enhances analytical reasoning skills. Equally important is the flexibility afforded students within the liberal arts curriculum, which provides them with myriad opportunities to supplement their classroom education in meaningful ways by participating in study abroad programs, engaging in directed research, pursuing original scholarship through independent studies, and gaining valuable professional experience in internship programs. Taken together, these liberal arts experiences not only prepare students for rewarding careers, but for fulfilling lives as informed and engaged citizens of the world.
Departments and programs at Temple University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org). Individual departments and programs may carry additional accreditation by the official accreditation body for that discipline.
Center for Internships & Career Development
Dr. Michael Szekely, Coordinator
The Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD) links College of Liberal Arts students and faculty to organizations in the greater Philadelphia region in order to provide applied learning and career-oriented opportunities, as well as forums for engaged research. This also includes the development of experiential and career development programs and resources, including: internships (from smaller community-based organizations to larger non-profit organizations, from social services agencies to governmental agencies, from publishing firms to law firms), externships, volunteering, community service, building résumés, interviewing techniques, and matching the breadth of skills associated with a liberal arts education to concrete career paths and goals. Comprehensive manuals are also available for students, faculty, and departments. Contact the CICD to schedule an appointment.
First-Year Writing Program
Eli Goldblatt, Director
First-Year Writing includes two main 4-credit courses, English 0701 (Introduction to Academic Discourse) and English 0802 (Analytical Reading and Writing). First-Year Writing also includes English 0711 and English 0812, which are sections of English 0701 and English 0802 (respectively) designated especially for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. The ESL sections of all of our courses are equivalent in weight and credit to their direct counterparts.
Entering students are either placed into the 0701-0802 sequence, placed into 0802 only, or exempted from these courses entirely. Placement is based on a formula which takes into account the results of the placement exam, high school rank, and the SAT verbal score.
If a student places into English 0701/0711, he or she may not enroll in English 0802/0812 until English 0701/0711 is completed successfully, with a grade of C- or better. English 0802/0812 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed English 0902 (Honors Literature, Reading and Writing).
English 0802/0812 is a required course in the General Education program. Students are strongly advised to successfully complete English 0802/0812 before taking Intellectual Heritage 0851 and 0852: Mosaic Humanities Seminar I and II, any upper-level course in the College of Liberal Arts (all courses numbered 2000-4999), and all Writing Intensive courses (course numbers ending in -96, -97, and -98).
Students are advised to take the required three-course sequence of Analytical Reading and Writing, Mosaic I, and Mosaic II (Intellectual Heritage 0851 and 0852) in order and in successive semesters.
Intellectual Heritage Program (Mosaic Humanities Seminars I & II)
214 Anderson Hall
Terry Rey, Director
Gayle Schooley, Administrator
614 Anderson Hall
Linda Tribune, Coordinator
214 Anderson Hall
The Intellectual Heritage Program offers a two-course sequence, Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I and II, Intellectual Heritage 0851 and 0852, which is part of the university General Education curriculum. Engaging with some of the rich, complex, and historically-significant texts that have shaped our culture, students build strong communication skills and intellectual curiosity. Students become familiar with some of the key concepts and moments in Western and other intellectual traditions.
Students are required to complete the General Education Curriculum. Transfer students should see their academic advisor for more information regarding their IH placement. Satisfactory completion of English 0802 is strongly advised prior to taking the Mosaic sequence. Honors versions of the Mosaic sequence are offered as Intellectual Heritage 0951 and Intellectual Heritage 0952, respectively.
Mark Rohland, Academic Advisor
Undergraduates majoring in any liberal arts discipline may pursue a large variety of study abroad options. Temple University has campuses in Rome, Italy, and Tokyo, Japan. We offer programs in London, England, Oviedo, Spain, and exchange programs with universities in England, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Summer programs are offered in a number of countries, such as France, Ghana, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and South Africa. In addition, CLA undergraduates can choose to study in non-Temple programs around the world. See Education Abroad in Tuttleman Learning Center or www.temple.edu/studyabroad for more information about study abroad options.
University Honors Program
The College of Liberal Arts participates in the university-wide honors program. Go to the University Honors Program section in this Bulletin for more information.
Departmental Honors Programs
Some departments in the College of Liberal Arts offer an Honors track for their majors. Students should consult the Bulletin information listed under the individual majors (links on the left side of this page) for eligibility, specific program requirements, and contacts.
Paul Crowe, Director
The Temple Law Scholars Program provides an opportunity for outstanding students to gain provisional admission to the Temple University Beasley School of Law at the same time they are accepted into the College of Liberal Arts. As Temple Law Scholars, students spend their undergraduate years in Temple's Honors Program, after which they enroll in the Beasley School of Law, leading to the JD degree. Scholars will take advantage of special opportunities, including internships, mock trial competitions, attendance at special events and lectures, and sitting in on law school classes.
The Temple Law Scholars Program is highly selective. To be considered, applicants must be accepted into the Honors Program. High class standing, high SAT scores, and superior letters of recommendation are expected, as is an articulate, thoughtful essay. In addition, other criteria used in the decision-making process include above-average maturity, community service, leadership, and a genuine commitment to the legal profession and service to others.
During the graduation season in May, the Baccalaureate Awards Ceremony is held to honor seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and/or exceptional service to the college. Junior scholarship recipients are recognized at an annual event in the fall. These prizes are awarded competitively and are a testament to the excellence of the College of Liberal Arts undergraduates. For more information on awards offered for particular majors, see the majors section of the Undergraduate Bulletin, the web site for your department, or ask your faculty advisor about the awards nomination process.
Phi Beta Kappa
Some of the departments within the College of Liberal Arts support student interest groups, clubs, and majors' associations. These organizations provide opportunities for students from the individual disciplines of the liberal arts to meet one another and to extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Some of these associations invite their alumni back to campus to connect with current undergraduates and talk with them about the wide range of career options open to liberal arts graduates.
College of Liberal Arts - Information Technology (CLA IT)
The College of Liberal Arts offers cutting-edge technology and resources for students, faculty and staff. Our IT staff manages 88 technology-enabled smart classrooms, more than 560 computer stations in both laboratory, kiosk, and classroom settings, in addition to a wireless network with 100% coverage in all CLA spaces.
Computer Labs and Computer Classrooms
CLA IT maintains 11 computer classrooms ranging in size from 14 to 70 seats, plus a 100 seat public drop-in lab located in Anderson 21. For complete details, see www.temple.edu/clait/labs/.
Hours of Operation:
Fall/Spring Semesters and Study/Exam Days: All facilities are open 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM Monday through Thursday and until 7:30 PM on Fridays. The exceptions are Weiss 640 and both Tuttleman labs. Weiss 640 closes at 7:30 PM daily. For the Tuttleman labs hours, please visit the Writing Center's web site. There are no weekend hours.
Summer Sessions, Spring Break, and Winter Break: All facilities are open 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM Monday through Friday with the exception of the Tuttleman labs. For the Tuttleman labs hours, please visit the Writing Center's web site. There are no weekend hours.
Director of Information Technology
Vinodh Ganesan, Assistant Director, Web and Database
Anderson Hall 21
Evening Manager, Computer Labs
Manager, Classroom Support
Jack Knorr, Assistant Director, Psychology
Technical Support Specialist
Manager, Computer Labs
Media Learning Center (MLC)
The Media Learning Center (MLC), a service of the College of Liberal Arts, is located within the Educational Technology Center in Anderson 21. The MLC provides audio, video, 16mm, slide, and printed materials for faculty use, both for course content and their own research. The center also provides facilities for students to view course-related media.
The College of Liberal Arts IT department has numerous projects in various stages of development created specifically for student intern input. The internships provide invaluable hands-on experience in a wide range of disciplines. Students work directly with CLA IT staff as well as faculty in a professional work environment with the opportunity to tailor projects to their individual strengths and interests, including photography, architecture, and graphic design. The internships are term-based and for course credit if needed.
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