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History

Beth Bailey, Interim Chair
910 Gladfelter Hall
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bbailey@temple.edu

Jay Lockenour

Director of Undergraduate Studies

952 Gladfelter Hall

215-204-7437

jay.lockenour@temple.edu

David M. Jacobs, Undergraduate Advising Coordinator
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Stephanie Tschanz, Administrator
913 Gladfelter Hall
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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 History Department divides its courses between American History, European History, and non-Western. 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 Master's in Education in five years (program administered through the School of Education).

The History Major

The history major consists of a step approach. Courses numbered 0800 through 1999 are introductory level; courses numbered 2000-2999 are intermediate level, and courses numbered 3000–4999 are advanced level. Courses with “9" as a second digit are honors courses and are usually restricted to honors students.

--The history major requires twelve courses (36 credits). Students must take two introductory level courses, of which one is selected from courses numbered 0800–1099 and one from courses numbered 1100–1999. Three courses (9 credits) are required at the 2000 level. Three elective courses (9 credits) are required at the 3000 level. All history majors take two required writing seminars: in the Junior year, students take a 3000 level writing course and in the Senior year, they take a complimentary Capstone course at the 4000 level.  All writing intensive courses end in -96, -97 or -98.  Finally, students may select two history courses (6 credits) at any level. 

–Within these broad requirements, students must complete a minimum of two courses in U.S. history, two courses in European history, and three courses in Asian, African, Latin American or Global/Comparative history.

–Two of the courses in any category or level must be predominantly pre-1900 in content.

–Students should take four 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.


Requirements for the Major

Minimum of 12 courses in History, distributed as follows*    
         
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select one introductory course from:    
History 0800-1099   3  
         
Select one introductory course from:    
History 1100-1899   3  
         
Select three Intermediate courses:    
History   2000-2999   9  
         
Select three Advanced courses:    
History   3000-3999   9  
     
Select two electives at any level:    
History   0800-4999   6  
         
Select one Junior Writing Seminar
at the 3000-level (ends in -96, -97, -98) 
    3 WI
Select one Capstone Writing Seminar
at the 4000-level (ends in -96, -97, -98) 
3 WI
         
Total     36  
 
Students may not select more than two courses in a single department
at the General Education level (0800-0999).

*Please note that the courses above also must complete the following distributional requirements: one writing-intensive elective (which is a prerequisite for the required writing-intensive capstone, 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

To receive Distinction in Major, students must complete History 4934: Honors Historiography and Research Methods, and the History 4997 History Honors Capstone. The end product of the History Honors Capstone is an Honors Thesis, which the student will present at a scholarly conference sponsored by the department. The Honors Thesis will also fulfill the History major’s thesis/capstone requirement. Students must maintain a 3.4 GPA in all history courses and a 3.4 GPA in Temple courses overall. Students who are not in the University Honors Program will require special permission to enroll in History 4934 and 4997 – see the History Honors Scholar Program Director, Jay Lockenour (jay.lockenour@temple.edu).

History Honors Program

To participate in the History Honors Scholar Program, you must first apply to the University Honors office. Any History major who has earned or is in the process of earning 60 credits and has roughly a 3.7 cumulative GPA can apply for the program. The application form is available on the Honors web site: http://www.temple.edu/honors/programs/index.html). Students in the program take six courses (18 credits), including History 4934: Honors Historiography and Research Methods, and the History 4997 History Honors Capstone and four upper-level Honors electives (any department). With careful planning, these Honors courses can ALSO fulfill the requirements for the History major, so that students need not delay graduation. For example, the Thesis Seminar (4997) fulfills the normal “capstone/writing” requirement, and the electives, if chosen from History offerings, will also fulfill major requirements. Students must maintain a 3.4 GPA in History and a 3.4 GPA overall.  Make an appointment to meet with the Director of the History Honors Scholar Program (Jay Lockenour (jay.lockenour@temple.edu) for advice on completing the application and to discuss your intellectual interests.

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 3000-3999 Advanced History Courses    
         
Select one course at any level: 3  
History 1000-4999      
         
Total     18  

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
History 1000-1099 One Introductory Course (United States/Concentration)*
3  
History 1100-1899 One Introductory Course (Global)
3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
GenEd

0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
a GenEd World Society course or
an Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
History 2000-2999 One Intermediate Course (European)
3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
History 2000-2999 One Intermediate Course (Pre-1900)
3  
History 2000-2999 One Intermediate Course (United States/Concentration)
3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
History 3000-3999 One Intermediate Course (Global)
3  
History 3000-3999 One Intermediate Course (European)
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
History 3000-3999 One Junior Writing Seminar (Concentration) 3 WI
History 4000-4999 One Intermediate Course (Pre-1900)
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
History 0800-4999 One Elective at Any Level (Global)
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
History 0800-4999 One Elective at Any Level (Concentration)
3  
History 4000+ One Capstone Writing Seminar (Concentration)
3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Fulfillment of concentration and distributional requirements can vary from suggestions here.
Please consult an advisor for guidance on fulfilling these requirements.
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