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Andrew C. Isenberg, Chair
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William I. Hitchcock, Director of Undergraduate Studies
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David M. Jacobs, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
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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

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 at least 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) United States.  Students must take a minimum of two (2) courses whose predominant content is Third World, two (2) in US, and two (2) in European.  In each area, one course must be 100 level or above.
  • 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.

Requirements for the Major

Minimum of 12 courses in History, distributed as follows    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select up to four courses at the Lower Level 0-12  
History 0001-0099 Introductory Level    
Select a minimum of four courses at the 100 level 12+  
History   0100-0199 Intermediate History Courses     
Select a minimum of three history elective courses at the 200 level 9+  
History 0200-0399 Advanced History Courses    
Select one Capstone Writing Seminar: 3  
History   W386 Writing Seminar in American History   WI*
History   W387 Writing Seminar in European History   WI*
History   W388 Writing Seminar in Comparative, Global, Third World History   WI*
History   W397 Writing Seminar in Contemporary Theory and Practice of History   WI*
Total     36  
* Indicates writing capstone for major    


Distinction in Major

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 product 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.

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. For more information, contact Professor Kathleen Biddick, Director, History Honors Program,

Requirements for the Minor

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.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select up to two from the following: 6  
History C060 Third World History   IS
History C061 World History—Ancient   IS
History C062 World History—Modern   IS
History C063 War and Society   IS
History C065 Gender and History   IS
History C066 Modern Europe   IS
History C067 U.S. History to 1877   AC
History C068 U.S. History Since 1877   AC
Select at least two 100 level courses. 6  
History   0100-0199 Intermediate History Courses    
Select at least two 200 level courses. 6  
History 0200-0399 Advanced History Courses    
TOTAL     18  


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