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Goals and Objectives

Intercollegial programs at Temple include a national honor society and a growing number of interdisciplinary academic programs that involve students and departments in more than one of the University's schools and colleges.  These programs provide students with opportunities to cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines, combine a variety of  perspectives, and take advantage of faculty expertise in different departments and colleges.  They are designed to accommodate students' interests and prepare students for success in a variety of career fields. The schools and colleges collaborating in these societies and programs are indicated in each description  Each colleges' degree requirements are described in the college sections of this Bulletin.  Students should consult  the contact person for an intercollegial society or program for more information about both collegial policies and requirements and the society or program itself.

Special Programs

Phi Beta Kappa

Membership in the society is open only to students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology. Eligibility for membership is considered each Spring. At this time, juniors and seniors who are candidates for the B.A. or B.S. degree are eligible for consideration if their undergraduate record fulfills the following minimum requirements:

  1. The candidate shall be majoring in a department or program in those colleges and be taking a course program expected to include not less than 95 hours of letter graded liberal arts and sciences courses (including courses transferred to Temple as arts and sciences courses) among the hours required for the B.A. or B.S. degree.

  2. During the semester in which eligibility is considered, 

    1. The candidate must either have completed or be in the process of completing 60 semester hours of courses in CLA or CST at Temple University; (Students transferring to Temple from a college housing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will have CLA or CST equivalent courses counted as if they were taken at Temple.) 
    2. The candidate must have taken 12 semester hours per semester for at least 4 semesters which may include the current semester and/or two consecutive summer sessions;
    3. The candidate must have completed or be enrolled in 2 full-time semesters at one of the Philadelphia campuses of the University.
  3. For election as a junior, the candidate shall have completed not less than 75 nor more than 89 semester hours of college work. The caliber of the candidate's work should be of exceptional distinction, including, for all graded work in arts and sciences courses, a GPA of at least 3.80. The minimumCLA/CST GPA needed for a candidate to be considered for election as a senior is 3.50. Candidates who have achieved this minimum CLA/CST GPA at Temple and who have transferred to Temple 30 or more semester hours of course work, will have their CLA/CST GPA recalculated to include grades received at the transfer institution(s) in liberal arts and sciences equivalent courses.
  4. Candidates shall have demonstrated a knowledge of mathematics and of a foreign language at least minimally appropriate for a liberal education. Candidates shall have completed at least one college level mathematics course. (This would include courses in the Mathematics Department numbered 55 or above. Note that although Statistics 11 and 12 and other courses outside the Mathematics Department may satisfy the University's Core QA and QB requirements, they do not satisfy the Phi Beta Kappa requirement.) Candidates shall also have completed at least one semester of a foreign language at the second year level. At Temple, this generally means completion of a foreign language course numbered 61 or above which was taught in the foreign language. (Courses taught primarily in English do not fulfill the requirement.) Students for whom English is a second language will be exempted from this requirement, provided that a notation to this effect appears on the "events" screen of the student's DARS document. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that this notation is made prior to the semester in which eligibility will be considered.

  5. Weight shall be given to the breadth of the program of each candidate as shown by the number, variety and level of arts and science courses taken outside the major. Weight shall also be given to the balance and proportion in the candidate's degree program as a whole.
Officers of Phi Beta Kappa 
Professor Merle Weiss, President, Department of Economics 
Professor Orin Chein, Vice President, Department of Mathematics 
Professor Philip Evanson, Secretary, Department of History 
Professor Jay Lockenour, Treasurer, Department of History

Program Descriptions


 Miles Orvell, Director
 (215)  204-1054
 Jeanne Allen, Co-Director
  (215) 204-8429

The American Culture and Media Arts major combines faculty and courses from the American Studies Program (in the College of Liberal Arts) and the Film and Media Arts Department (School of Communications and Theater).  It is one of the first programs to bridge two schools at Temple, making use of the universityís broadest resources.  Students can choose this major from either school (CLA or SCAT),  with the requirements the same in either case.  American Culture and Media Arts majors will develop critical thinking skills relating to an understanding of the place of film, television, photography and print media in our society.  They will also develop skills in historical and contemporary  research.  Majors sign up, in their senior year,  for a semester or more of  Internship at one of any number of media-related industries and museums in the Philadelphia area, designed to give students some practical experience.  Academic work and field work are coordinated and keyed to the studentís program of study and interests.

Students graduating with the American Culture and Media Arts major can expect to pursue careers in media-related organizations, e.g. film, video, and radio production; archival and library positions; public relations jobs in media; museum research positions supporting exhibitions and media; writing about media for publications.  Graduates can also pursue advanced training at the graduate level in documentary film production.

Major Requirements
In addition to satisfying the university requirements for graduation, students must take the following courses:

Five Courses from Film and Media Arts

  • FMA 0102:  The Production of Media Culture
  • FMA 0155:  Introduction to Film and Television Analysis
  • FMA 0202:  Production Research & Development
  • FMA 0203:  Theories of Media Culture
  • FMA 0262: American Media Culture
Five Courses from American Studies

One course from each of the following groups:
  1.     Representations of America

  •  AS 0104: Arts in America
  •  AS 0125: Photography in America
  •  AS 0126: Documentary Film and American Society
   2.     Place in American Life
  • AS 0103: American Places: Home, City, Region
  • AS 0130: Architecture, Urban Design, and American Society 
  • AS 0128: Philadelphia Neighborhoods
   3.     Diversity in America
  •  AS 0108:   Immigrant Experiences in America
  •  AS 0112:   African American Experiences
  •  AS W118: American Woman
  •  AS W134: Literature of American Slavery
  •  AS R136: Asian American Experience
   4.     Change in American Life 
  •  AS 0102: Technology in American Culture
  •  AS 0105: Ideal America
  •  AS 0106: Social Literature in the U.S.
  •  AS W140: Radicalism in the U.S.
  One Course:

      Internship  (individually arranged)


Robert J. Mason, Director
(215) 204-5918

Website: http://www.temple.edu/env-stud 

Students will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual
Skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and
They will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues.  Among the many environmental problems central to our program are groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces.

Offered jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology, Environmental Studies includes both B.A. and B.S. options. A minor also is offered and a Certificate of Completion is an option for those already holding an undergraduate degree in a different field.

B.A. Requirements 
Prerequisites s.h.
Math C055; C066 or C067 -Core Math Sequence
Geology C050 - Introduction to Geology 
Economics C051/C052 - Macro/Micro Economics
Total Prerequisites 16 
Geog. & Urban Studies C050 - Environment & Society
Biology C083 - General Biology
Biology C084 - General Biology 4
Geology C081- Environmental Resources (Prereq. Geol. C050)
                          -OR- 4
Geog. & Urban Studies C052 - The Physical Environment (Prereq. Geol. C050)  
Statistics C023 - A Survey of Statistics (Prereq. Math C055)
Economics W255 - Energy, Ecology, & Economy (Prereq. Econ. C051 & C052)
Environmental Studies 0300 - Senior Research Seminar
Total Core 24 

Electives for the B.A. 
In addition to the required courses and their prerequisites, B.A. majors must take five (5) courses from the list of approved electives. One of these courses must be a policy course and one must be from the natural sciences.

B.S. Requirements
Prerequisites s.h.
Geology C050 - Introduction to Geology
Chemistry C071/C072 - General Chemistry 8
Chemistry 0121 - Organic Chemistry 4
Economics C052 - Micro Economics
Math C075/C076  
C085/C086 Calculus  
Total Prerequisites 27 
Geog. & Urban Studies C050 - Environment and Society
Biology 0103 - Introduction to Biology
Biology 0104 - Introduction to Biology
Biology 0227 - Principles of Ecology (Prereq. Bio. 103/104)  4
Geology 0210 - Hydrology 4
Geog. & Urban Studies C052 - The Physical Environment (Prereq. Geol. C050)
Statistics C023 - Survey of Statistics
Economics W255 - Energy, Ecology, & Economy (Prereq. Econ. C052) 
Environmental Studies 0300 - Senior Research Seminar
Total Core 32

Electives for the B.S.
In addition to the required courses and their prerequisites, B.S. majors must take four (4) courses from the list of approved electives. One of these courses must be a policy course and an additional one must be from the social sciences. 

Requirements for the Minor
Geog. & Urban Studies C050 - Environment & Society
ONE of the following:
Biology 0227 - Principles of Ecology 
(Prereq. Bio. 0103/0104)
Geology 0210 - Hydrology (Prereq. Geol. C050) 4
Geog. & Urban Studies W252 - Problems of Environmental Quality (Prereq. GUS C052 or permission)
Economics W255 - Energy, Ecology, & Economy (Prereq. Econ. 51 & 52) 3
One policy course from list of approved electives
Three additional topics courses from list of approved electives 9-12
 Total for Minor 18-22 


List of Environmental Studies Electives
(for details and updates:  www.temple.edu/env-stud)

Policy electives

Envt. St. 0205/Anthropology 0205 - Cultural Resources Management
Economics 0246 - Public Finance
Economics 0248 - Economics of State & Local Government
Economics 0281 - Government Regulation of Business
Envtal. Engineering Technology 0316 - Environmental Regulations
Envt. St. 0225 - Environmental Law and Regulation
Envt. St. 0250/Geography & Urban St. 0250 -Environmental Policy Issues
Envt. St. 0152/Political Science 0152 - U.S. Environmental Policy
Envt. St.0265/Political Science 0265 - International Environmental Policy

Topics electives

Envt. St. 0220/Anthropology 0220 - Environmental Physiology
Envt. St. 0222/Anthropology 0222 - Economic Anthropology
Envt. St. 0317/Anthropology 0317 - Seminar in Environmental Archaeology
Envt. St. 0320/Anthropology 0320 - Field Session in Archaeology
Envt. St. 0321/Anthropology 0321 - Methods in Archaeology
(Sediments, Soil, & Stratigraphy)
Envt. St. 0325/Anthropology 0325 - Biocultural Adaptations
Architecture 0172 - Introduction to Planning
Biology 0227 - Principles of Ecology
Biology 0236 - Freshwater Ecology
Biology 0237 - Marine Environments I
Biology 0238 - Marine Environments II
Biology 0245 - Marine Ecology
Botany 0102 - Plant Ecology
Envt. St. 0215/Geography & Urban St.0 215 - Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning
Envt. St. 0238/Geography & Urban St. 0238/
Asian St. 0238 - Environmental Problems in Asia
Envt. St. 0239/Geography & Urban Studies 0239 - Medical Geography
Envt. St. 0252/Geography & Urban Studies 0252 - Problems of Environmental Quality
Envt. St. 0254/Geography & Urban St. 0254 - Energy, Resources, and Conservation
Envt. St. 0256/Geography & Urban St. 0256 - Environment and Development
Envt. St. 0257/Geography & Urban St. 0257 - Hazards Geography
Envt. St. 0262/Geography & Urban St. 0262 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Envt. St. 0295/Geography & Urban St. 0295 - Independent Study--Environmental Geography
Envt. St. W258/History W257/H192 - The Social History of American Medicine and Public Health
Geography and Urban Studies - Independent Study--Environmental Geography
Geology 0210 - Hydrology
Geology 0211 - Facies Models
Geology 0261 - Introduction to Geochemistry 
Geology 0310 - Use of Micro-Computers in Geology:  Remote Sensing
Geology 0381 - Environmental Seminar
Horticulture 0236 - Soils
Horticulture 0310 - Landscape Management and Restoration
Horticulture 0318 - Sustainable Food Crops
Landscape Architecture 0206 - Environmental Land Planning
Landscape Architecture 0208 - Land Planning Studio
Landscape Architecture 0210 - Summer Field Ecology
Law X093 - Tobacco in America:  From Pocahontas to Virginia Slim
Envt. St. 0156/Philosophy 0156 - Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
Statistics 0278 - Statistics for Experiments


Carolyn T. Adams (Geography & Urban Studies)
Michel C. Boufadel (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Katie G. Cannon (Religion)
Sanjoy Chakravorty (Geography & Urban Studies)
Richard S. Cohen (Mechanical Engineering)
Stephanie Cohen (Landscape Architecture & Horticulture)
Thomas J. Dean (Religion)
Trevor Douglas (Chemistry)
Charles E. Dyke (Philosophy)
David E. Grandstaff (Geology)
Claire Haignere (Health Studies)
Terry Halbert (Legal Studies)
Patricia K. Hansell (Anthropology)
David Hensley (Landcape Architecture and Horticulture)
Donald Humphreys (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Robert L. Kidder (Sociology)
Grant R. Krow (Chemistry)
Valencia Libby (Landscape Architecture & Horticulture)
Robert J. Mason (Geography & Urban Studies)
Michele Masucci (Geography & Urban Studies)
Richard L. Miller (Biology)
Priscilla Murphy (Journalism)
Stuart E. Neff (Biology)
Jonathan Nyquist (Geology)
Robert M. Patterson (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Anthony J. Ranere (Anthropology)
James M. Rogers (Political Science)
Rickie Sanders (Geography & Urban Studies)
Robert W. Sanders (Biology)
Elizabeth A. Sluzis (Landscape Architecture & Horticulture)
Woollcott K. Smith (Statistics)
John A. Sorrentino (Economics)
Michael Stewart (Anthropology)
Ralph B. Taylor (Criminal Justice)
Dennis Terry (Geology)
Laura Toran (Geology)
Gene C. Ulmer (Geology)
Morris J. Vogel (History)
George Whiting (Landscape Architecture and Horticulture)
William J. Young (Geography & Urban Studies)
Gerald Zeitz (Human Resource Administration)


This is a joint degree B.A. program offered by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Economics. The required courses are as follows (it is not necessary to complete all of the courses listed above as common requirements). All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better. 

Three semesters of calculus (Mathematics C085, 0086, or 0127. 

One semester of computer programming (Computer and Information Sciences C059 or C061 or C071). 


W141 Basic Mathematical Concepts 
0147 Linear Algebra 
0233 Introduction to Probability 
0234 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 
0253 Numerical Analysis I 


C053 Economic Principles 
0201 Intermediate Economic Analysis - Microeconomics 
0202 Intermediate Economic Analysis - Macroeconomics 
0240 Mathematical Economics 
0241 Introduction to Econometrics 
0287 Managerial Economics 
W302 Economics Writing Seminar 

In addition to these courses, every major in Mathematical Economics must take two additional mathematics courses numbered 0200 or higher, and one additional economics courses as approved by the adviser. (Mathematics 0227 and Economics 0283 cannot both be counted toward the major.)




William Lynn Holmes, Department of Economics 

Richard Deeg, Department of Political Science 

A joint program of the Department of Economics and the Department of Political Science leading to a B.A. degree with additional specialization in political economy.


The purpose of the political economy program is to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to study more intensely the relationship between the political and economic spheres of society.  The program is based on the belief that a focused examination of this relationship provides us with a better understanding of several social phenomena: Chief among these is a better understanding of public policy choices and the policymaking process, as well as a better understanding of how government actions affect the process of economic change and vice versa.

For these reasons the political science and economics departments offer an interdisciplinary program leading to a BA degree with Additional Specialization in Political Economy.  The program is open to all matriculated undergraduate students.  Applicants need not be declared majors in either economics or political science.  The political economy program provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and for the study of law.


The program consists of two components; required core courses at the lower-division level and elective courses at the upper-division level.

Core - all students must take the following core courses:

C051 (or H091) - Macroeconomic Principles
C052 (or H092) - Microeconomic Principles
C051 (or H091) - The American Political System
One of the following:
C052 (or H092) - Foreign Governments and Politics
C053 (or H093) - International Politics

Elective Courses - all students must successfully complete (grade of C- or better) four courses from the following list.  Two of the four courses must be in economics, and two courses must be in political science.  Students should select courses that correspond to their own substantive interests and are encouraged to take cognate areas (e.g., if you choose international politics courses, also choose international economics courses.  Students should plan their schedules well in advance, since many courses are not offered each semester.


Econ 0217 - History of Economic Theory
Econ 0220 - Economics of Development and Growth
Econ 0244 - The Economics and Management of Privatization
Econ 0246 - Public Finance
Econ 0248 - Economics of State and Local Governments
Econ 0250 - International Trade
Econ 0251 - International Monetary Economics
Econ 0255 (or W255) - Energy, Ecology, and Economy
Econ 0262 (or W262) - Health Economics
Econ 0270 - Economics of Labor Markets
Econ 0272 - Women in the Economy
Econ 0279 - Public Control of Business: Antitrust
Econ 0281 - Government Regulation of Business
Econ 0282 - Economics of American Industry

Political Science

PS 0135 (or W135) - Urban Politics and Problems
PS 0141 - Politics of Inequality
PS 0145 - American State and Local Politics
PS 0150 - U.S. Public Policy Making
PS 0151 - Public Policy Analysis
PS 0152 - U.S. Environmental Policy
PS 0158 - Business and Public Policy
PS 0215 - Comparative Politics: Developing Nations
PS 0238 - East Asia and the United States
PS 0244 (or W244) - Politics of Modern Capitalism
PS 0261 - Globalization and World Politics 
PS 0265 - International Environmental Policy
PS 0273 - Marxism and Politics
PS 0276 - Democracy, Capitalism, and Socialism