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History

Andrew C. Isenberg, Chair
913 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-6176
aisenber@temple.edu

Beth Bailey, Director of Undergraduate Studies
944 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-6146
bbailey@temple.edu

David M. Jacobs, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
927 Gladfelter Hall
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david.jacobs@temple.edu

913 Gladfelter Hall
215-204–7461
www.temple.edu/history

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; both minors and 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 1000-level courses are beginning courses. Courses numbered 2000-2999 are intermediate courses, and courses numbered 3000-4999 are advanced courses.

  • The history major requires thirty-six (36) credit hours, of which six (6) can be at any level (0800-4999), six (6) are at the 1000-level, nine (9) are at the 2000-level, nine (9) are at the 3000-level, and six (6) are at the 4000-level.
  • Courses are divided into four categories: a) Asian, African, Latin American or Global/Comparative; b) European; c) United States; and d.) Pre-1900.  Students must take a minimum of three (3) courses whose predominant content is Asian, African, Latin American or Global/Comparative; two (2) in the United States category; two (2) in the European category; and two (2) in the Pre-1900 category. 
  • Two writing-intensive courses are required for the major: one of those courses is the capstone course (at the 4000-level, ending in xx96, xx97, or xx98). The other course can be at the 2000-, 3000- or 4000-level and must end in -96, -97, or -98.
  • 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 a Capstone Writing Seminar.  Refer to the Capstone courses listed in the "Requirements for the Major" grid below.


Requirements for the Major

Minimum of 12 courses in History, distributed as follows*    
         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select two introductory courses: 6  
History 1000-1099 Introductory Level    
History 1100-1899 Introductory Level    
         
Select three Intermediate courses: 9  
History   2000-2999 Intermediate    
         
Select four Intermediate courses (three at 3000-level and one at 4000-level). One elective
must be writing-intensive, ending in -96, -97, or -98.
   
History   3000-3999 3 courses at 3000-3999 Intermediate level 9  
  4000-4999 1 course at 4000-4999 Intermediate level 3  
     
Select two electives at any level: 6  
History   0800-4999      
         
Select one Capstone Writing Seminar: 3  
History   4296 Writing Seminar in American History   WI*
      or    
History 4297 Social History of American Medicine   WI*
      or    
History 4496 Eastern Europe: Nationalism, Authoritarianism, & Communism   WI*
      or    
History   4497 Writing Seminar in European History   WI*
      or    
History   4696 Writing Seminar in Third World History   WI*
      or    
History 4698 Revolutionary Mexico   WI*
      or    
History   4897 Writing Seminar in Contemporary Theory & Practice of History   WI*
         
Total     36  
* Indicates writing capstone for major    

Please note that the courses above also must complete the following distributional requirements: one writing-intensive elective (in addition to the writing-intensive capstone above for a total of two writing-intensive courses in History), two U.S. History courses, two European History courses, three Asian, African, Latin American or Global/Comparative History courses, and two pre-1900 courses.

 

Distinction in Major

Students must successfully complete a sequence of History 4034: Historiography and Research Methods, and the History Honors Capstone.  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 2000-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 GPA's to the History Honors Committee or to any member of the History faculty. For more information, contact Professor Harvey Neptune, Director, History Honors Program, nepydoo@temple.edu

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 2000 or above and at least one courses (1) must be numbered 3000 or above.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select two Introductory courses numbered 1000-1999: 6  
History 1000-1999      
     
Select at least two 2000-level courses: 6  
History   2000-2999 Intermediate History Courses    
         
Select at least one 3000-level course: 3  
History 3000 Advanced History Courses    
         
Select one course at any level: 3  
History 1000-4999      
         
Total     18  

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