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College of Liberal Arts

Founded 1884

Teresa Scott Soufas, Dean
Anderson Hall, 12th Floor
1114 W. Berks Street

Jayne Drake, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
1206 Anderson Hall


College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Center
1810 Liacouras Walk, Third Floor

Special Programs
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Whatever your career aspirations, your future begins in the College of Liberal Arts. Our courses and majors build toward exciting internships and co-op opportunities, offering practical, valuable work experience as you explore literature, languages, history, psychology, criminal justice, the social sciences, and more. The College of Liberal Arts integrates skills in effective communication, critical and analytical thinking, problem solving, and technological literacy - tools necessary for any professional career. Our courses prepare students to identify and evaluate sources of information in a world in which information is abundant; our students learn to use information to analyze the arguments of others and to construct their own arguments in a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.  Students in the College of Liberal Arts learn to understand information in its cultural context, with course work in foreign languages and international studies.  We offer degree programs at all Philadelphia area campuses as well as international options for study.  In the College of Liberal Arts, you will be able to choose from among the nation’s leading scholars, professors who have connections both to the world of work and to graduate and professional schools.

Scholarly excellence and originality are our highest goals.  We offer a rigorous curriculum that encourages our students to learn how to generate original ideas, in addition to learning from the faculty.  Situated within a large and vibrant research university, the College of Liberal Arts is a wonderful place to pursue original research and contribute to the world of knowledge.  Through rigorous courses, directed research, independent studies, and honors programs, undergraduates in the liberal arts are encouraged to develop their own scholarly projects.  Such projects are a critical part of their intellectual growth and lead to excellence and success in all careers.

Liberal Arts programs easily accommodate minors or certificates in other schools or colleges, allowing students to prepare for careers in business, law, medicine, media, government, education, and a variety of profit and non-profit organizations and institutions. Whether your interests lie in one of our many undergraduate majors, in the pre-professional programs of Law, Medicine, or Health Professions, or even if you are not yet decided on a major, your future begins here in the College of Liberal Arts.

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Departments and programs at Temple University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org). Individual departments and programs may carry additional accreditation by the official accreditation body for that discipline.

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Special Programs

Center for Internships & Career Development

Dr. Michael Szekely, Coordinator
Third Floor, 1810 Liacouras Walk

The Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD) links College of Liberal Arts students and faculty to organizations in the greater Philadelphia region in order to provide applied learning and career-oriented opportunities, as well as forums for engaged research.  This also includes the development of experiential and career development programs and resources, including: internships (from smaller community-based organizations to larger non-profit organizations, from social services agencies to governmental agencies, from publishing firms to law firms), externships, volunteering, community service, building resumés, interviewing techniques, and matching the breadth of skills associated with a liberal arts education to concrete career paths and goals.  Comprehensive manuals are also available for students, faculty, and departments.  Contact the CICD to schedule an appointment.

First-Year Writing Program

Susan Wells, Director

1046 Anderson Hall


Keith Gumery, Associate Director
1046 Anderson Hall


First-Year Writing includes two main 4-credit courses, English 0701 (Introduction to Academic Discourse) and English 0802 (Analytical Reading and Writing). First-Year Writing also includes English 0711 and English 0812, which are sections of English 0701 and English 0802 (respectively) designated especially for English as a Second Language students. The ESL sections of all of our courses are equivalent in weight and credit to their direct counterparts.

The two levels of courses form a year-long sequence to introduce students to academic discourse. Entering first-year students are either placed into the 0701-0802 sequence, placed into 0802 only, or exempted from these courses entirely. Placement is based on a formula which takes into account the results of the placement exam, DTLS reading and writing scores, high school rank, and the SAT verbal score.

Until students have completed their English 0701/0711 requirement, they may not enroll in English 0802/0812. English 0802/0812 is a required course in the General Education program. Students are advised to take the required three-course sequence of Analytical Reading and Writing, Mosaic I, and Mosaic II (IH 0851 and 0852) in order and in successive semesters. English 0802/0812 is a prerequisite for any upper-level course in the College of Liberal Arts. English 0802/0812 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed English 0902 (Honors Literature, Reading, and Writing).


Intellectual Heritage Program (Mosaic Humanities Seminars)

Istvan Varkonyi, Director


214 Anderson Hall

Gary Pratt, Associate Director

Grant Ward, Associate Director


The Intellectual Heritage Program offers a two-course sequence, Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I and II, which is part of the university General Education curriculum. Engaging with some of the rich, complex, and historically-significant texts that have shaped our culture, students build strong communication skills and intellectual curiosity. Students become familiar with some of the key concepts and moments in Western and other intellectual traditions.

New freshmen starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the General Education Curriculum.  Transfer students will take Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I and/or Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II in lieu of the original Intellectual Heritage sequence.  Satisfactory completion of English 0802 is a prerequisite for Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I (IH 0851). IH 0851 is prerequisite for Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II (IH 0852). Honors versions of the Mosaic sequence are offered as IH 0951 and IH 0952, respectively.

Study Abroad

Undergraduates majoring in any liberal arts discipline may pursue a large variety of study abroad options. Temple University has campuses in Rome, Italy, and Tokyo, Japan. We offer a program in London, England, and exchange programs with universities in England, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Summer programs are also offered in France, Ghana, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and South Africa. In addition, CLA undergraduates can choose to study in non-Temple programs around the world.  See International Academic Programs in Tuttleman Hall or www.temple.edu/studyabroad for more information about study abroad options.

University Honors Program

The College of Liberal Arts participates in two university-wide honors programs:  the lower-division University Honors Program and the upper-division Honors Scholars Program.  See Opportunities>University Honors or www.temple.edu/vpus/programs_initiatives/index.htm#uh for more information about both these programs.  

Departmental Honors Programs

Some departments in the College of Liberal Arts offer an Honors track for their majors. Students should consult the undergraduate chairperson in the selected department regarding eligibility and the program requirements.  

Teacher Preparation

A liberal arts education provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing careers in teaching at the elementary and secondary levels. A solid grounding in academic content, along with broad training in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and communication skills offers students a distinct advantage in the 21st-century classroom.

Five-Year Combined B.A./M.Ed. Teaching Certification Program

The five-year combined B.A/M.Ed. program is currently being restructured.  Please visit www.temple.edu/education/programs/bachelors/ba_ma.html for the most up-to-date information on this exciting opportunity.

Temple Education Scholars

Each year, a small number of highly-talented incoming freshmen with an interest in teaching are provisionally admitted to the Five-Year Program at the same time they are accepted to the College of Liberal Arts. Applications are submitted concurrently with the undergraduate Temple Admissions Application.

Selection to Ed Scholars is based on a student’s high school record, SAT performance, letters of recommendation, required essay, and interview.  Ed Scholars begin the graduate component of the program in the fall term of the junior year.

Temple Law Scholars Program

Paul Crowe, Director
7th floor Anderson Hall

The Temple Law Scholars Program provides an opportunity for outstanding students to gain provisional admission to the Temple University Beasley School of Law at the same time they are accepted into the College of Liberal Arts. As Temple Law Scholars, students spend their undergraduate years in Temple's Honors Program, after which they enroll in the Beasley School of Law, leading to the JD degree. Scholars will take advantage of special opportunities, including internships, mock trial competitions, attendance at special events and lectures, and sitting in on law school classes.

The Temple Law Scholars Program is highly selective. To be considered, applicants must be accepted into the Honors Program. High class standing, high SAT scores, and superior letters of recommendation are expected, as is an articulate, thoughtful essay. In addition, other criteria used in the decision-making process include above-average maturity, community service, leadership, and a genuine commitment to the legal profession and service to others.

Application to the Temple Law Scholars Program takes place at the same time students apply to the College of Liberal Arts. The application materials include the Temple undergraduate admission application, the Temple Law Scholars application, a letter of recommendation, and an essay on a topic assigned by the Temple Law Scholars admissions committee. An interview may also be required. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is April 1. Applications received before March 1 will receive priority treatment.

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Honor Societies and Awards for Achievement


During the graduation season in May, the Baccalaureate Awards Ceremony is held to honor seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and/or exceptional service to the college. Junior scholarship recipients are recognized at an annual event in the fall. These prizes are awarded competitively and are a testament to the excellence of the College of Liberal Arts undergraduates.

Phi Beta Kappa

See Opportunities>Honor Societies.

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Student Association Information

Majors' Associations

Some of the departments within the College of Liberal Arts support student interest groups known as Majors’ Associations. These organizations may provide opportunities for students from the individual disciplines of the liberal arts to meet one another and to extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Some of these associations invite their alumni back to campus to connect with current undergraduates and talk with them about the wide range of career options open to liberal arts graduates.

Participation in the majors’ associations has significant benefits. Active involvement cultivates skills in leadership, team work, and public speaking, all of which are highly valued in the workplace.

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Special Facilities

Educational Technology Center (ETC)

Crystal Schulz, Day Manager
CLA Information Technology
AL-21 Anderson Hall

Rodney Holloway, Evening Manager
CLA Information Technology
AL-21 Anderson Hall

General Labs

The Educational Technology Center (ETC), located in Anderson Hall Room AL-21, provides computing and media resources to faculty and students throughout the university. The AL-21 100-seat drop-in computer lab is a resource to assist students with course-related programs and general computing needs.

Instructional Labs

In addition to the 100-seat drop-in computer lab, the Anderson Hall ETC houses two computer classrooms with computer stations at every student seat – the 46-seat AL-19 and 59-seat AL-22 lecture style classrooms.

Located in the Anderson Hall classroom wing are two specialized labs for the instruction of foreign languages. AC 103 and AC 104 are both 24-seat computer classrooms.

Weiss Hall is home to the 30-seat Psychology computer lab.

Located in Gladfelter Hall are four specialized instructional labs, all with a student computer at each seat. Gladfelter 230 houses the 13-seat visual and visualization lab, Gladfelter 336 houses the 22-seat Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab, Gladfelter 513 houses the 13-seat Criminal Justice lab, and Gladfelter 846 houses the 30-seat social sciences lab.

Media Learning Center (MLC)

Frank Palazzo, Media Center Manager
CLA Information Technology
AL-21 Anderson Hall

The Media Learning Center (MLC), a service of the College of Liberal Arts, is located within the Educational Technology Center in Anderson Hall, Room AL-21. The MLC provides audio, video, 16mm, slide, and printed materials for faculty use in the classroom. The center also provides facilities for students to view course-related media.

For more information, or to access the MLC online catalog, please see www.temple.edu/mlc/.

Hours of Operation:

The ETC/MLC lab complex, Gladfelter 336 GIS lab, Gladfelter 230 visual lab, and Gladfelter 846 social science lab are all open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Fridays, during breaks, and for both summer sessions. There are no weekend hours.

Weiss Hall 640 is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays year-round.

Anderson 103, 104, and Gladfelter 513 are exclusively instructional labs and are open only for scheduled classes and events.

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