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International Studies or Language

Developing an awareness and understanding of cultures other than one's own is a fundamental component of a liberal education.  In the International Studies or Language area of the Core students study a language other than English, study cultures outside the United States, combine language study and International Studies courses, or study abroad.


Students matriculating at Temple for the first time in the fall of 1996 and after satisfy the requirement with any one of the options listed below. 

Note:  Core courses no longer offered by departments have been removed from this list, but students who took them will receive Core credit, as indicated in their DARS document. Questions about the past, present, or future Core status of a course can be answered by the Core and Transfer Office.

Students who entered Temple before the fall of 1996 satisfy the Language or International Studies requirement in effect at the time they first matriculated. 

Bachelor of Arts candidates in the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology are required by their college to complete both a language requirement and an International Studies course requirement. See Bachelor of Arts Requirements in those Colleges' sections of this Bulletin.


The first, second, and third levels of all basic language study are numbered 0051, 0052, and C061, respectively (except in Critical Languages). 

For the purposes of meeting this Core requirement, placing into a course through Temple's language placement exam indicates satisfactory completion of the previous level (for example, a student who has placed into C061 is considered to have completed 0052).


  • Language option:  Successful completion of the third semester (C061 or Critical Languages equivalent) of a language.  (Students whose native language is not English may fulfill this requirement by treating English as a foreign language and should see their advisers about the ways to do this.) 
  • International Studies option:  Successful completion of two three-credit courses from the list below, at least one of which is a designated Non-Western/Third World course (indicated in the list by an asterisk [*]). 
  • Combination option:  Successful completion of the second semester (0052 or the Critical Languages equivalent) of a language and one three-credit International Studies course from the list below.
  • Study abroad option:  Students may substitute an approved study abroad experience for one or both of the Core International Studies courses. Such programs as Temple University Rome, Temple University Japan, Temple in West Africa, the School of Communications and Theater program in London, and the Latin American Studies Semester will qualify as approved substitutes. Students who wish to fulfill their International Studies requirement with a study abroad program should inquire about this in the academic advising center of their school or college.  See International Programs and Study Abroad for information on Temple's and other study abroad programs. 


* Non-Western/Third World course

African American Studies
*C061 Africa in the 20th Century
*H091 Honors Africa in the 20th Century 

*C061 Cultures of the World
C062 Development of an International Perspective
*C065 Origins of Cultural Diversity
*H091 Honors Cultures of the World

Art History
C148 Issues in National Cinema

Asian Studies
*C050 Introduction to Asian Religions
C053 Introduction to World Religions 
*C084 Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context
*C086 East and South Asia

Critical Languages
*C084 Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context

*C115 Dance in Human Society
*H195 Honors Dance in Human Society

C055 Global Economic Issues

*C070 Africa, the Caribbean, and France

Geography and Urban Studies
*C060 World Urban Patterns
*C062 Geography  of World Affairs
*C063 African Development
*C086 East and South Asia

C070 Literature and Culture of Central Europe
H090 Honors Literature and Culture of Central Europe

Greek, Hebrew and Roman Classics
C077  Introduction to the Ancient City
C086 Israel in the Middle East
R112 Race: Ancient and Modern

Health Studies
C089 International Health

*C060 Third World History
*C061 World History: Ancient
*C062 World History: Modern
C063 War and Society
C065 Gender and History
C066 Modern Europe
H091 Honors War and Society
H095 Honors Gender and History
*X093 Honors World History: Ancient
*X094 Honors World History: Modern

Latin American Studies
*C050 Perspectives on Latin America

Music Studies
*C062 Introduction to World Music

*C088 Philosophy East and West

Political Science
C052 Foreign Governments and Politics
C053 International Politics
H092 Honors Foreign Governments and Politics
H093 Honors International Politics

*C050 Introduction to Asian Religions
C051 Introduction to Western Religions
C053 Introduction to World Religions
*H090 Honors Introduction to Asian Religions
H091 Honors Introduction to Western Religions
H093 Honors Introduction to World Religions

C051/X051 Comparative Societal Development
H091 Honors Comparative Societal Development 

Tourism and Hospitality Management
*X081 Leisure and Culture in Developing Nations 

Urban Education
*C060 Schooling and Development in Third World Societies

Women's Studies
C065 Gender and History
*C080 International Women's Writing

* Non-Western/Third World course