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Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree
Credit Hour Requirements
The liberal arts baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 123 credit hours, distributed according to the university and college policy outlined below, with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). A minimum 2.0 GPA must also be maintained in CLA/CST coursework and in the major.
A maximum of 9 semester hour credits of Independent Study can be applied to the Bachelor's degree.
Bachelor of Arts Requirements
The College of Liberal Arts does not award Bachelor of Arts degrees to students who have already completed an accredited first Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. degree, regardless of when the degree was completed.
All students are required to complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.
New freshman students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the GenEd curriculum. Information about the GenEd program can be found at: www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_Programs/general_education/index.shtm.
New transfer students starting in the 2008-2009 academic year are required to complete the Core curriculum. Information about the Core Curriculum can be found at: www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/core/generalinfo/core_generalinfo.shtm.
All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for each major are listed on the individual program pages and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.
Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirement
The study of foreign language and world cultures is at the heart of a Bachelor of Arts degree. To that end, all B.A. students in CLA are required to complete the Foreign Language/Global Studies requirement.
All students complete the second level of a foreign language and at least one course from the GenEd World Society category and one of the following options:
A) Third level (or proficiency) in a foreign language
B) Take a second General Education World Society course
C) Study Abroad at an approved program.
D) Take one Global Studies course from the following list:
Students must also complete the requirements of a major. The minimum acceptable grade in a course taken to fulfill major requirements is a "C-", though students need a "C" GPA overall in major coursework in order to graduate. Students are encouraged to declare their major by the end of the freshman year; forms for this purpose are available in the Academic Advising Center on the third floor at 1810 Liacouras Walk.
B.A. majors are offered in the divisions of the Humanities and the Social Sciences.
Upper-level distribution requirements
B.A. students must complete upper-level distribution requirements by taking two upper-level (numbered 2000-4999) CLA courses outside the curriculum division of the major (or upper-level College of Science and Technology courses). Students who have double majors in two different divisions automatically satisfy the distribution requirement.
Military Science Courses
Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts whose degree programs allow for free electives may apply up to 12 credits of upper-division military science courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels in Aerospace Studies (Air Force ROTC), Military Science (Army ROTC), and Naval Science (Navy ROTC).
Courses Inapplicable to Graduation
For areas in which placement into a sequenced course is determined by test (such as English, Math, and Foreign Language): students will not receive academic credit towards graduation for courses taken below the level into which they placed after they have completed either that placement level or a higher-level course.
During the junior and senior years, any College of Liberal Arts student who is in good standing and taking a minimum of 12 semester hours may elect to take one course each semester on a Credit/No Credit basis, except for courses that count toward major, minor, GenEd/Core, or distributional requirements. Application must be made at the Academic Advising Center during the first two weeks of a fall or spring semester course and during the first three days of a first or second summer session course.
Rather than major in an existing department or program, students may apply for a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. The proposed major should consist of coursework totaling at least 36 semester hours and be justified in terms of some thematic unit of cohesive rationale. The program must not closely resemble any major currently available in the College of Liberal Arts.
The proposed major program may include courses outside of the College of Liberal Arts, but at least 24 semester hours must be in upper-level liberal arts or science courses. The student's proposal must be sponsored by two faculty members from different departments, at least one of whom must be in the College of Liberal Arts. Approval for the program must be obtained from the College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Center prior to the initiation of the last 60 semester hours of the degree.
Honors Interdisciplinary Major
Students in the University Honors Program may apply for a College of Liberal Arts Honors Interdisciplinary Major. They must complete the degree requirements of the B.A. in the College of Liberal Arts and the requirements for the Interdisciplinary Major described above as well as the requirements for the University Honors Program. Approval for this program must also be obtained from the University Honors Committee prior to the initiation of the last 60 semester hours of the degree.
In addition, the proposed major program should include submission of an acceptable honors thesis to the University Honors Oversight Committee.
Students may also choose to complete the requirements for a minor. The minimum acceptable grade in a course taken to fulfill minor requirements is "C-", though students need a "C" GPA in the minor in order to have the minor awarded at graduation. At least half of the courses taken by a student to fulfill the minor must be taken at Temple. Forms for declaring a minor are available in the following programs:
African American Studies; American Studies; Ancient Mediterranean Studies (see Classics); Asian-American Studies; Asian Studies; Classics; Cognitive Neuroscience (see Psychology); Criminal Justice; Critical Languages; Economics; English; Environmental Studies; French; General Anthropology; Geography and Urban Studies; German; Hebrew; History; Italian; Japanese; Jewish Studies; Latin American Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT); Philosophy; Political Science; Portuguese; Psychology; Religion; Russian; Sociology; Sociology of Health; Spanish; Visual Anthropology (see Anthropology); and Women's Studies.
Certificates of Specialization
Students may choose to complete the requirements for an additional Certificate of Specialization. At least half of the courses taken by a student to fulfill a certificate of specialization must be taken at Temple. Forms for declaring a certificate are available in the Academic Advising Center on the third floor at 1810 Liacouras Walk. Certificates of Specialization are available in the following programs:
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