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Whatever your career aspirations, your future begins here in the College of Liberal Arts. Our courses and majors build toward exciting internships and co-op opportunities, offering practical, valuable work experience as you explore literature, languages, history, psychology, criminal justice, the social sciences, and more. The College of Liberal Arts integrates skills in effective communication, critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, and technological literacy, tools necessary for any professional career. Whether you choose to attend Main Campus or participate in one of our world-wide programs, you will be able to choose from among the nation’s leading scholars, professors who have connections both to the world of work and to graduate and professional schools.
Liberal Arts programs also easily accommodate minors or certificates in other schools or colleges, allowing students to prepare for careers in education, business, media, government, and a variety of profit and non-profit organizations and institutions. Whether your interests lie in one of our many undergraduate majors, in the pre-professional programs of Law, Medicine, Health Professions, and Pharmacy, in pursuing advanced study in one of our 18 masters and 15 doctoral programs, or even if you are not yet decided on a major, your future begins here.
The College’s undergraduate programs prepare students to enter
the world as informed, responsible citizens, as women and men making
consequential choices about the future of their communities, and as
leaders in the careers they choose to pursue. Because a rapidly changing
technological society cannot prosper without men and women trained in
the methods of logical inquiry, deductive reasoning, and critical analysis,
the College holds fundamental assumptions about undergraduate education:
Baccalaureate programs in the divisions of the College of Liberal Arts—social sciences and the humanities—lead from the Core Curriculum toward mastery of the subject matter, methods, and values of a chosen field, and prepare the student for productive work or for graduate study. In conjunction with the major, many students complete pre-professional coursework required for preparation for future studies in the health sciences, dentistry, law, pharmacy, or medicine. All of our programs offer undergraduates the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and a richly diverse and stimulating student body as they prepare for an active role in a future of change and challenge.
Departments and programs at Temple University are accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges. Individual departments and programs may carry additional accreditation by the official accreditation body for that discipline.
Center for Internships and Career Development
Michael Szekely, Coordinator
Corporate Internship Program -
This program connects undergraduate students with corporate and business communities, allowing students to work alongside key members of the private sector. Corporate internships provide an opportunity to develop and hone the skills needed to negotiate the ever-changing and competitive professional world. Our corporate interns attain placements in which they are actively taking part in both the infrastructural and the innovative developments of a business—i.e., both the mechanisms that sustain its success and the strategies that contribute to its role as a leader in the private sector. For more information, contact Raymond Morton, Internship Coordinator, 215-204-0541, firstname.lastname@example.org.
First-Year Writing Program
Dennis Lebofsky, Director
The First-Year Writing Program comprises English 0040, 0041, C050,
C051, and R050. English 0040 is a four-credit course that focuses on
writing within a single theme and disciplinary approach. English C050
is a three-credit course that takes a broader perspective, requiring
students to explore a single theme from the point of view of at least
two disciplines and meets the Core Composition requirement. English
R050 is the same as C050 except that the readings focus on the study
of race. R050 meets the Core Studies in Race requirement as well as
the Core Composition requirement. English 0041 and C051 are courses
designed to meet the needs of the ESL (English as a Second Language)
learner, and the guidelines for English 0040 and English C050 are followed.
Until students have completed their English 0040/41 requirement, they may not enroll in English C050/51. English C050/51 is a prerequisite for Intellectual Heritage X051 and X052 and any upper level course in the College of Liberal Arts. English C050/51 or R050 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed English H090.
Intellectual Heritage Program
Daniel Tompkins, Director
Marc Stier, Associate Director
Grant Ward, Associate Director
The Intellectual Heritage Program is a writing-intensive two-course sequence required as part of the University Core curriculum. Through encounters with some of the rich, complex, and historically significant texts that have shaped the culture we know in the United States today, students build reading, writing, and speaking skills and intellectual curiosity and engagement. Students become familiar with some of the key concepts and moments in Western and other intellectual traditions.
Intellectual Heritage is required of all entering undergraduate students. Satisfactory completion of the Core Composition requirement is prerequisite to IH X051. IH X051 is prerequisite to IH X052. Honors sections are offered as IH X091 and X092, respectively.
The Center for Internships and Career Development functions as a mediator between Liberal Arts departments and potential placement sites in determining what kinds of placements are best suited to the major, what particular sites might be of interest to students, and the chances of creating an internship opportunity at particular sites. The Center assists students in crafting an internship experience that would best suit their individual needs. Students are advised to consult first with the Undergraduate Advisor or Internship Coordinator in their academic department. Each department has its own particular method of administering internships, including how credit is allotted. For more information, contact Raymond Morton, Internship Coordinator, 215-204-0541, email@example.com.
Service Learning, or Community-based Learning, in the College of Liberal Arts places undergraduate students in local communities in order to stimulate a deeper understanding of an academic subject through immersion in the world beyond the classroom. It is curriculum-based, meaning that the service work is directly connected to and enhanced by a particular course of study. Service Learning placements allow students to engage in activities that address human and community needs, taking part in an exchange characterized by reciprocity, through which all parties are impacted upon by the experience. These off-campus learning experiences are also reflected upon through course readings, writing assignments, and classroom discussion. For more information, contact Jean Lenke, Community Liaison, 215-204-6640, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduates majoring in any liberal arts discipline may pursue a
large variety of study abroad options. Temple University has campuses
in Rome, Italy,
University Honors Program
Students in the College of Liberal Arts are eligible to apply to the University Honors Program in which they may take specially designated Honors courses to satisfy their University Core requirements. See Academic Programs/University Honors.
Departmental Honors Programs
Most departments in the College of Liberal Arts offer departmental Honors Programs. Students should consult the Chair of the Honors Program in the selected department regarding eligibility and the special courses in which to enroll.
A liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. A solid grounding in academic content, along with broad training in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and communication skills offers students a distinct in advantage in the twenty-first century classroom.
Five-Year Combined B.A./Ed.M. Secondary Education Teaching Certification Program
Ms. Shiying Li
The Five-Year program offers the opportunity for Liberal Arts students
to earn an undergraduate degree while simultaneously pursuing a Master's
degree and a Secondary Teaching Certification. Students enroll in graduate
level courses in the College of Education beginning in the fall semester
of the junior year. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, students
make a seamless transition into graduate studies in the College of Education
for one additional year. After satisfying all the graduate program requirements,
a Master's degree in Education is awarded with Secondary Teaching Certification.
Temple Education Scholars
Each year a small number of highly talented incoming freshmen with
an interest in secondary education teaching are provisionally admitted
to the Five-Year Program at the same time that they are accepted to
the College of Liberal Arts. Applications are submitted concurrently
with the undergraduate Temple Admissions Application.
Temple Law Scholars Program
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 that are offered by the law school including
attendance at special lectures and events, participation in the law
school's trial advocacy program, mentoring by law school faculty, students,
and administrators, and visiting law school classes.
During the graduation season in May, the Baccalaureate Ceremony is held to honor seniors who have demonstrated outstanding performance and/or exceptional service to the College. Junior scholarship recipients are also recognized at this annual event. These prizes are awarded competitively and are a testament to the excellence of Liberal Arts undergraduates.
Phi Beta Kappa
See Supplemental Educational Opportunities>Academic Opportunities>Honor Societies.
See Supplemental Educational Opportunities: Academic Opportunities: Honor Societies.
Many of the departments within the College of Liberal Arts support
student interest groups known as Majors’ Associations. These organizations
provide opportunities for students from the individual disciplines of
the liberal arts to meet one another and the faculty, and to extend
the learning experience beyond the classroom. Frequently the 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
College Council of Liberal Arts (CCLA)
The College Council of the Liberal Arts is the governing branch for the Majors' Associations and provides leadership and direction for all the affiliated organizations. Presidents from each of the member associations along with other elected delegates plan a variety of educational, cultural, social, and career-oriented events that build bridges between students, faculty, alumni, and the professional community. The Council offers a forum for students to express their needs and have a voice in decisions affecting College curriculum and policy. Designated Council members serve on Temple Student Government and on a variety of College and University committees such as the Committee on Instruction and the Student Grievance Committee. Additional information can be obtained at the Council Office in the Academic Advising Center, first floor, Sullivan Hall.
Educational Technology Center (ETC)
John Bingham, ETC Computer Lab
Frank Palazzo, Manager, Media Learning Center
The Educational Technology Centers (ETC) located in Anderson and Gladfelter Halls provide computing and media resources to assist students in the College of Liberal Arts and the University community in general. Two drop-in computer labs located in Anderson 21 and Gladfelter 107 assist students with course-related programs and computing needs.
The Center also boasts two instructional labs (AL 19 and AL 22), one production lab for Geographic Information Systems (GH 336), one lab for the social sciences (Weiss 640), and a state-of-the-art foreign language lab (AC 103-104).
Media Learning Center
Also located within the ETC is the Media Learning Center, a service of the College that provides audio and video materials for faculty use in the classroom. Students may also view visual materials related to their coursework in selected study spaces at the Center. The Center also provides faculty with limited digital video production services.
Hours of Operation:
Media Learning Center
There are no evening hours during summer sessions.
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