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Richard Immerman, Chair
Note: Department chairs frequently change at the beginning of the academic year. Students should contact departments for updated information.
The faster our lives change, the more we need to understand our past, reflect on our present, and make decisions for our future. History helps us to understand who we are and where we came from. It provides unique insights and perspectives for our personal and professional pursuits.
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 choose history courses in political, diplomatic, social, cultural, economic, gender, and ethnic history. Students should concentrate in one field of history and also be well-versed in the three main divisions.
Temple 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) credit hours, of which at least twenty-four (24) must be at the 100 level or more, including twelve (12) credits 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.
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