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International Studies or Language

Developing an awareness and understanding of cultures other than one's own is a fundamental component of a liberal education. In the International Studies or Language area of the Core, students study a language other than English, study cultures outside the United States, combine language study and International Studies courses, or study abroad.

Requirement: Students matriculating at Temple for the first time in the fall of 1996 and after satisfy the requirement with any one of the options listed below.

Students who entered Temple before the fall of 1996 satisfy the Language or International Studies requirement in effect at the time they first matriculated.

Notes:
The first, second, and third levels of all basic language study are numbered 1001, 1002, and 1003, respectively (except in the equivalent intermediate 2001 level of Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek, Russian or Vietnamese).

For the purposes of meeting this Core requirement, placing into a course through Temple's language placement exam indicates satisfactory completion of the previous level (for example, a student who has placed into 1003 is considered to have completed 1002).

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES OR LANGUAGE OPTIONS:

Language option: Successful completion of the third semester of a language (1003 for French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese; or the equivalent intermediate 2001 level of Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek, Russian or Vietnamese). Students whose native language is not English may fulfill this requirement by treating English as a foreign language and completing all Core composition and writing intensive requirements.  Students in this category present the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with the admissions application.
International Studies option (revised March 2007): Successful completion of two 3-credit courses from the list below. 
Combination option: Successful completion of the second semester (1002 of a language and one 3-credit International Studies course from the list below.
Study abroad option (revised March 2007): Students may substitute courses taken in an approved study abroad experience for one or both of the Core International Studies courses. Such programs as Temple University Rome, Temple University Japan, Temple in West Africa, the School of Communications and Theater program in London, the Latin American Studies Semester, and pre-approved summer programs qualify. Students who take 3 credits in an approved study abroad program fulfill the equivalent of one IS Core course requirements, and those who take 6 credits fulfill the equivalent of two IS Core course requirements.  Students who wish to fulfill their International Studies requirement with courses taken in a study abroad program should inquire and consult about this with an academic advisor in their school or college. See International Programs and Study Abroad for information on Temple's and other study abroad programs.

PLEASE NOTE COLLEGE/DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS :

Bachelor of Arts candidates in Communication Sciences are required by their department to complete both a foreign language requirement and a non-western International Studies course requirement.  This requirement has not been revised.

 

Bachelor of Arts candidates in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology and Tyler Art History are required by their college to complete both a foreign language requirement and an International Studies course requirement.  The revised options for these students are as follows:

  • Option 1 – Revised - Successful completion of the second semester 1002/0052 of a language and two 3-credit courses from the approved International Studies list.  Students are no longer required to complete a non-western International Studies course, and now may use any International Studies courses to satisfy this requirement.
  • Option 2 – NO CHANGE - Successful completion of the third semester of a language (1003 for French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese; or the equivalent intermediate 2001 level of Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek, Russian or Vietnamese) and one 3-credit International Studies course from the approved International Studies list.  Students whose native language is not English may fulfill this requirement by treating English as a foreign language and completing all Core composition and writing intensive requirements. Students in this category present the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores with their admissions applications.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSES

Note: Core courses no longer offered by departments have been removed from this list, but students who took them will receive Core credit, as indicated in their DARS document. Questions about Core courses can be answered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.

Course # Course Name Credits
African American Studies    
*1261 Africa in the 20th Century 3
*1968 Honors Africa in the 20th Century  3
Anthropology    
*1061 Cultures of the World 3
*1065 Origins of Cultural Diversity 3
*1961 Honors Cultures of the World 3
Art History    
1148 International Cinema 3
Asian Studies    
1101 Introduction to World Religions 3
*1102 Introduction to Asian Religions 3
*1801 Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context 3
*2074 East and South Asia 3
Critical Languages    
*1801 Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context 3
1901 Honors Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context 3
Dance    
*2803 Dance in Human Society 3
*2904 Honors Dance in Human Society 3
Economics    
1103 Global Economic Issues 3
French    
*1221 Africa, the Caribbean, and France 3
Geography and Urban Studies    
*1025 World Urban Patterns 3
*1031 Geography of World Affairs 3
1097 World Urban Patterns 3
1961 Honors World Urban Patterns 3
*2073 African Development 3
*2074 East and South Asia 3
German    
1941 Honors Literature and Culture of Central Europe in the 20th Century 3
Greek and Roman Classics    
1004 Introduction to the Ancient City 3
1068 Israel in the Middle East 3
2003 Race in Greece & Rome 3
History    
1301 Modern Europe 3
*1501 Third World History 3
*1701 World History: Ancient 3
*1702 World History: Modern 3
1705 War and Society 3
1708 Gender and History 3
1904 Honors War and Society 3
1908 Honors Gender and History 3
*1997 Honors World History: Ancient 3
Latin American Studies    
*1001 Perspectives on Latin America 3
Music Studies    
*1703 Introduction to World Music 3
Philosophy    
*1076 Philosophy East and West 3
Political Science    
1201 Foreign Governments and Politics 3
1301 International Politics 3
1921 Honors Foreign Governments and Politics 3
1931 Honors International Politics 3
Public Health    
1103 International Health 3
Religion    
*1101 Introduction to World Religions 3
*1102 Introduction to Asian Religions 3
1401 Introduction to Western Religions 3
*1902 Honors Introduction to Asian Religions 3
Sociology    
1277 Comparative Societal Development 3
1297 Comparative Societal Development 3
1977 Honors Comparative Societal Development  3
Urban Education    
*1006 Schooling and Development in Third World Societies 3
*1909 Honors Schooling and Development in Third World Societies 3
Women’s Studies    
*1201 International Women’s Writing 3
1708 Gender and History 3

 
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