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Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree
The College of Liberal Arts does not award Bachelor of Arts Degrees to students who have already completed an accredited first Bachelorís, Masterís, or PhD degree, regardless of when the degree was completed.
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); students receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree must distribute their course selections for those 45 credits 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.
-A maximum of 12 semester hour credits of Independent Study can be applied to a Bachelorís degree. Students must register for these credits through an advisor.
-Students may petition the Dean for Learning/Life Experience credit. A maximum of 8 semester hour credits of Learning/Life Experience can be applied to a Bachelorís degree. For more information, contact the Academic Advising Center.
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.
African American Studies, American Culture and Media Arts, American Studies, Anthropology (includes tracks in Human Biology and Visual Anthropology), Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Environmental Studies (BA or BS), French, Geography and Urban Studies, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature, Greek, Hebrew, and Roman Classics, History, Italian, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mathematical Economics, Organizational Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian (See German and Slavic), Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Women's Studies
Students should use the following curriculum divisions in satisfying the distribution requirements mentioned above:
Humanities: Art History, English, Foreign Languages, Greek and Roman Classics, Philosophy, Religion. Social Sciences: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies.
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 Liberal Arts.
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:
-African American Studies
-Ancient Mediterranean Studies
-Cognitive Neuroscience (see Psychology)
-Geography and Urban Studies
-Greek, Hebrew, and Roman Classics
-Latin American Studies
-Sociology of Health
-Visual Anthropology (see Anthropology)
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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