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Richard Immerman, Chair
David M. Jacobs, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
The study of history incorporates all people and all societies from the dawn of civilization to the present. As such, students can specialize in certain countries, regions, eras, or other aspects of these areas. The History Department divides its courses between American History, European History, and Comparative, Global, Third World History. Within each division, one can learn about any aspect of that area by choosing history courses in a wide variety of focuses such as political, diplomatic, social, cultural, economic, gender, and ethnic history. As a graduate of Temple's Department of History, the student will be expected to concentrate in a field of history and also be well-versed in the three main divisions.
History graduates have gone into a wide range of careers. Business, law, politics, education, historical preservation, and information resources are just a few of the many areas. History arms the student for a maximum amount of flexibility for career choices.
Temple students regularly participate in the intellectual life of the region through their connections to such organizations and institutions as the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, the Atwater Kent Museum, and the American Philosophical Society.
The Department of History offers an Honors Program for majors with outstanding academic records. Qualified majors are invited to join Phi Alpha Theta, the History honor society, and minors as well as majors participate in the Undergraduate History Association. Special Programs allow undergraduates to major in History and earn teaching certification or to major in history and earn a Masters in Education in five years (program administered through the School of Education).
The History major consists of a step approach in which courses numbered below 100 are beginning courses. Courses numbered between 0100 and 0199 are intermediate courses, and courses numbered above 200 are advanced courses. There are no prerequisites for any history course.
The major in history requires thirty-six (36) hours, of which at least twenty-four (24) must be at the 100 level or more, including twelve (12) at the 200 and 300 levels.
Courses are divided into three categories: a) Comparative, Global, and Third World; b) European; and c)
Each major should take four (4) courses that represent an area of concentration based on some geographic or thematic intellectual rationale. The area of concentration should be defined in writing and approved by a departmental advisor, ideally at the start of the junior year and no later than the start of the senior year.
Majors must take at least one writing seminar in their senior year: History W386, Writing Seminar in American History; W387, Writing Seminar in European History; W388, Writing Seminar in Third World History; or History W397, Writing Seminar in the Contemporary Theory and Practice of History. This course counts as one of the four required above 200.
History Honors Program
Requirements for admission: History majors must have a GPA of 3.5 in at least five history courses, three of which must be 100-level or above; an overall GPA of at least 3.3; and a writing sample for submission to the Honors Committee. Students may apply for admission by submitting the writing sample and verifying their GPAs to the History Honors Committee or to any member of the History faculty.
Earning Distinction in the Honors History Program
Students must successfully complete a sequence of History W380, Historiography and Research Methods (offered in Spring 2005) and the History Honors Capstone (also to be offered in Spring 2005). The end poduct of the History Honors Capstone is an Honors Senior Thesis to be presented in a public forum. Students must continue to maintain a 3.5 GPA in all history courses and a 3.3 GPA in Temple courses overall.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR
A History minor is an ideal complement to other majors and programs at Temple, from medicine to journalism, from computer science to finance, from film to marketing. Students with a minor in history are required to take six (6) courses totaling eighteen (18) semester hours. Of the six courses, at least two (2) must be numbered 100 or above and at least two courses (2) must be numbered 200 or above.
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