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requirements for the baccalaureate degree
Credit Hour Requirements
The College of Liberal Arts requires that students complete a minimum of 123 credits in order to graduate. Of that total, 90 credits must be in CLA or in the College of Science and Technology. Of those 90 credits, 45 must be upper level (numbered 100 or above). Of those 45 credits, students receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree must distribute their course selections to satisfy the upper level distribution requirement.
Students must also satisfy the requirements of the University Core Curriculum.
College of Liberal Arts' credit hour requirements are as follows:
· The liberal arts baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of
123 credit hours, distributed according to University and College policy
outlined below, with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
A minimum 2.0 GPA must also be maintained in CLA/CST course and in the major.
Bachelor of Arts Requirements
Bachelor of Arts candidates must complete the University Core requirements
with the following difference: For the Core Language or International
Studies requirement, the College of Liberal Arts requires candidates
for the B.A. to complete both an International Studies and a Language
requirement in one of the following ways:
Upper level distribution requirements
B.A. students must complete upper level distribution requirements by taking two upper level CLA courses outside the curriculum division of the major (or upper level College of Science and Technology courses.) Students who have double majors in the same division must take two upper level courses outside this division. Students who have double majors in two different divisions automatically satisfy the distribution requirement. Students taking an interdisciplinary major or program must take at least one upper level course in each of the two divisions.
Students must also complete the requirements of a major. The minimum
acceptable grade in a course taken to fulfill major requirements is
a C-. Students are encouraged to declare their major by the end of the
freshman year; forms for this purpose are available in the Academic
Advising Center in Sullivan Hall.
Students should use the following curriculum divisions in satisfying the distribution requirements mentioned above:
*Courses in Music may not be used to satisfy upper level distribution requirements.
All incoming freshmen must take diagnostic English and mathematics
placement tests. Transfer students who have not completed English C050
or a college level math course are also required to take placement examinations.
The results of these tests determine if students are required to enroll
in preparatory composition and mathematics courses. Students assigned
to English 0040/0041 must register each semester for that course until
the requirement is completed. Only upon successful completion of English
0040/0041 can such students enroll in English C050/C051.
Special Major and Minor Requirements
Rather than major in an existing department or program, students may
apply for a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. The proposed major should
consist of coursework totaling at least 36 semester hours, and be justified
in terms of some thematic unit of cohesive rationale. The program must
not closely resemble any major currently available in the College of
Honors Interdisciplinary Major
Students in the University Honors Program may apply for a College of
Liberal Arts Honors Interdisciplinary Major. They must complete the
degree requirements of the B.A. in the College of Liberal Arts and the
requirements for the Interdisciplinary Major described above as well
as the requirements for the University Honors Program. Approval for
this program must also be obtained from the University Honors Committee
prior to the initiation of the last 60 semester hours of the degree.
Students may also choose to complete the requirements for a minor. The minimum acceptable grade in a course taken to fulfill minor requirements is C-. The minimum GPA for all College of Liberal Arts minors is 2.0. This requirement is superseded if a higher GPA is required by a specific minor program. At least half of the courses taken by a student to fulfill the minor must be taken at Temple. Forms for declaring a minor are available in the following programs:
Certificates of Specialization
Students may choose to complete the requirements for an additional
Certificate of Specialization. Forms for declaring a certificate are
available in the Academic Advising Center in Sullivan Hall. Certificates
of Specialization are available in the following programs:
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