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Undergraduate Bulletin

University Honors Program and Course Offerings

Note: Departmental Honors is described in this Bulletin under the schools and college offering it: College of Liberal Arts, Fox School of Business and Management, School of Communications and Theater.
Dieter Forster, Director 
Ruth Tonner Ost, Director
204 Tuttleman Learning Center
(215) 204-0710

Mail inquiries to:
Director, University Honors Program
204 Tuttleman Learning Center (008-00)
Temple University
1809 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6073

The University Honors Program is for academically talented students who want to major in everything - and still graduate in four years. At the core of the program are small classes taught by Temple’s favorite professors, many of whom have won the prestigious Temple University Great Teacher Award. Such classes reflect the academic passions of Honors professors and challenge students to think in new ways and respond with creativity. 

The Honors Directors enjoy helping students with their major choices, graduate and professional school applications, scholarship competitions, and networking. Honors students may choose to live in designated Honors housing; they organize and participate in activities from coffee houses to floor hockey to community service.

University Honors is open to students enrolling in any of the twelve schools and colleges of the University. The program is normally entered at the beginning of the first year, but capable, current first- and second-year students already at Temple or transfer students may apply. About 250 students are admitted each year. Admission is decided on the basis of academic qualifications (SAT scores, high school GPA, class rank, or merit-based awards), letters of recommendation, and samples of writing, research, and creative work. Typical Honors students will achieve a combined SAT score above 1250 and rank in the top 10% of their high school class. No special application is required.  All admitted students are screened for Honors.

For requirements of the program, see Academic Policies and Regulations.

Honors Courses

Note: The courses below are arranged by Core category and constitute an overview of courses typically offered in the Honors curriculum. These courses are open only to Honors students and are specially designed for highly motivated students. The course content may vary more strongly with instructor than it does for regular courses. For authoritative information about Honors courses, see The Honors Course Guide, which is available each semester from University Honors, 204 Tuttleman Learning Center or online. This guide includes full course descriptions, approach to teaching, method of evaluation, and instructor biographies. For admissions information and rules and regulations, see Academic Policies and Regulations.


English H090. Honors Introduction to Literature and Composition (3 s.h.) (CO) FS 

Intellectual Heritage (IH)

IH X091. Honors Intellectual Heritage (3 s.h.) (IH1) FS 

IH X092. Honors Intellectual Heritage (3 s.h.) (IH2) FS 

American Culture (AC)

American Studies H092. Work in America (3 s.h.) (AC) F

American Studies H091. American Lives (3 s.h.) (AC) F 

American Studies H197. Quest for the American Dream (3 s.h.) (AC + UL Elective) S 

English H096. Survey of American Literature (3 s.h.) (AC) S

History H097. History of the United States 1600 to 1877 (3 s.h.) (AC) F

Law X093. Tobacco in America -- An Interdisciplinary Study of Tobacco and the Cigarette (3 s.h.) (AC) S

Political Science H091. American Government (3 s.h.) (AC) S

Religion H092. Religion in America (3 s.h.) (AC) F

Speech H092. Campaigns and Movements (3 s.h) (AC) S

Arts (AR)

Architecture H190. Architectural History: Ancient to Renaissance (3 s.h.) (AR) F Prerequisite: IH X051 or X091. 

Architecture H191. Architectural History: Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution (3 s.h.) (AR) S Prerequisite: IH X051 or X091. 

Art X099. Introduction to Visual Language - Drawing (3 s.h.) (AR) F, S 

Art History H095. Art Heritage of the Western World I (3 s.h.) (AR) F 

Art History H096. Art Heritage of the Western World II (3 s.h.) (AR) S 

Dance H190. Entry into Dance as Art (3 s.h.) (AR) F 

English H093. Introduction to Drama (3 s.h.) (AR) FS 

English X094. Introduction to Literature (3 s.h.) (AR) F

Individual and Society (IN)

Economics H091. Macroeconomics (3 s.h.) (IN) F 

Economics H092. Microeconomic Principles (3 s.h.) (IN) S 

Economics H093. Economic Principles (3 s.h.) (IN) F 

Law X091. Law and Society (3 s.h.) (IN) F 

Philosophy H090. Philosophical Challenges to the Individual (3 s.h.) (IN) S 

Psychology X091. Psychology as a Social Science (3 s.h.) (IN) F

Sociology H090. Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.) (IN) F

International Studies (IS)

Anthropology H091. Cultures of the World (3 s.h.) (IS) S

Dance H195. Dance in Human Society (3 s.h.) (IS) F
Meets the non-Western/Third World Requirement.

Geography and Urban Studies H095. World Urban Patterns (3 s.h.) (IS) FS

German H090. Literature and Culture of Central Europe (3 s.h.) (IS) F 

History H091. War and Society (3 s.h.) (IS) S 

History H095. Gender and History (3 s.h.) (IS) F 

Political Science H092. Foreign Government and Politics (3 s.h.) (IS) S 

Political Science H093. International Politics (3 s.h.) (IS) F
Meets the non-Western/Third World Requirement.

Religion H090. Introduction to Asian Religion (3 s.h.) (IS) F
Meets the non-Western/Third World Requirement.


Spanish H091 and H092. Basic Spanish I and II. (4 s.h. each) (LA and LB) FS 

Spanish H093. Intermediate Spanish (3 s.h.) (LC) F 

Spanish H101. Conversational Review (3 s.h.) (Upper-level language) FS 
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or Spanish H093 or a satisfactory score on the placement examination

Spanish H103. Hispanic Readings (3 s.h.) (Upper-level language) FS 
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or Spanish H093 or a satisfactory score on the placement examination

Mathematics (QA and QB)

Mathematics H090. College Mathematics (3 s.h.) (QA) F 

Mathematics H091. Elements of Mathematical Thought (3 s.h.) (QB) S
Prerequisite: Mathematics C055 or H090

Mathematics H095. Calculus: Introduction to Modern Analysis I (4 s.h.) (QB) F Prerequisite: Mathematics C074 with a grade C or better, or high school algebra (2 years) and trigonometry (1 year).

Mathematics H096. Calculus: Introduction to Modern Analysis II (4 s.h.) S 
Prerequisite: Mathematics C085 or H095 with a grade of C or better

Mathematics H097. Foundations of Calculus (4 s.h.) F 
Note: This class is for students who have received AP Calculus credit.

Philosophy H096. Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 s.h.) F 
Prerequisite: Mathematics C055 or Mathematics H090 or Statistics C011.

Science for Majors (SA and SB) 

Chemistry H091. General Chemistry I (3 s.h., lab 1 s.h.) (SA) F 
Co-requisite: Honors Chemistry Lab, H093. Students must also sign up for the Honors Recitation.

Chemistry H092. General Chemistry II (3 s.h., lab 1 s.h.) (SB) S 
Prerequisite: Chemistry H091/H093. Co-requisites: Lab H094, and Honors Recitation.

Biology H103. Introduction to Biology I, Lecture and Lab (4 s.h.) (SA) F 
Prerequisites: One year of college chemistry (lecture and lab) and one year of calculus, both completed at C- or better. Co-requisite: Organic Chemistry. 

Biology H104. Introduction to Biology II (4 s.h.) (SB) S 

Science for Non-majors (SA and SB) 

American Studies H193. Technology and American Culture (3 s.h.) (SB) S
Computer and Information Sciences H095. Computers and Applications (4 s.h.) (SB) S Prerequisite: First-level core science course.

Biology H093 and 94. General Biology (4 s.h.) (SA/SB) FS

Physics H091. Physics: Matter and Motion (4 s.h.) (SA) F 

Physics H096. Honors Astronomy (4 s.h.) (SB) S 

Studies in Race 

African American Studies H198. Literature of American Slavery (3 s.h.) F

History H195. Special Topics: Race and Ethnicity in American History (3 s.h.) (RS) S 

Women's Studies H195. The Politics of Diversity, Focus on Race and Gender 
(3 s.h.) (RS) (UL) S

Upper Level Electives 

American Studies H190. Radicalism in the United States (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F 

American Studies H191. Political Protest and Culture in the 60s (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S 

Geology H391.  Environmental Seminar (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

Greek, Hebrew and Roman Classics H260. The Survival of the Orpheus Myth in Art, Music and Literature (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

History H193. World Economy Since 1945 (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

History H195. Dissent in America (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

Mathematics W195. Mathematical Recreations (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

Philosophy H186. Themes in Existentialism (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F 

Political Science H101. Introduction to Political Philosophy (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) 

Political Science H190. Politics in Film and Literature (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

Religion H393. Death and Dying (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

Women's Studies H292. Art, Ritual, and Gender (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S