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Division of University Studies: Undeclared Option

Dr. Shannon J. O'Brien
Associate Director, Advising Services
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 101
215-204-2500
dus@temple.edu

www.temple.edu/arc

Recognizing that not all students can or should declare an academic major upon entering college, Temple University established University Studies — the academic home for students who have not yet decided on a school/college or major. University Studies is not a degree-granting college. Rather, it is an academic unit that exists to help students explore academic options. All students must declare a major in one of Temple's degree-granting undergraduate schools and colleges upon completion of 60 credits, including any credits transferred from other institutions.

University Studies offers undeclared students a variety of services and programs to help them select an appropriate major. Students can use online resources in our Academic Information Center to research majors and careers and can participate in student success and academic exploration workshops held throughout the year. Upon declaring a major, students are required to fulfill the school/college and department requirements of that program.

University Studies does not grant degrees and students cannot graduate with an "undeclared" or a "pre-health information management" curriculum designation.

 

Suggested First-Year Program for the Undecided Student

This sample program allows students to satisfy General Education requirements while exploring academic interests and majors.

 

Year 1 – Fall
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English  0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing (Depends on placement exam; some
students may be required to take English 0701 or 0711)
4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Select an appropriate GenEd Quantitative Literacy course (Depends on placement exam and potential choice of major) 4 GQ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Select an appropriate GenEd Human Behavior course 3 GB
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Select an appropriate GenEd U.S. Society course 3 GU
University Seminar 1001 First Year Seminar I  1  
Total       15  
(Note: Entering students, particularly freshmen, are encouraged to enroll in a learning community.  See Learning Communities and University Seminars for more information.
 
Year 1 – Spring
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I
(Note: Non-native speakers can opt for an ESL version of this course)
3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Select an appropriate GenEd Arts course 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Select an appropriate GenEd Race & Diversity course 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Select an appropriate GenEd Science & Technology course 3 GS
GenEd
   or
Major Exploration
08xx or 09xx Select an appropriate GenEd World Society course
      or
Consider a class in potential choice of major
3

3
GG
Total     15-16    

 

Pre-Health Information Management Course Sequences

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses & Prerequisites for pre-Health Information Management Students

 

Freshman Year – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy* 4 GQ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
Total       14-15  
 
Freshman Year – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Kinesiology 1223 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4  
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Varies   General Elective 3  
Total       16  
 
Sophomore Year – Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Kinesiology 1224 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4  
Mathematics

Psychology

Sociology
1013

1167

1167
Elements of Statistics
     or
Foundations in Statistical Methods
     or
Social Statistics
3

3

3
 
Intellectual Heritage   0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Total       13  
 
Sophomore Year – Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CIS   1055 Computers & Applications 4  
Varies   Writing Intensive** 3 WI
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology
(recommended but not required)
3  
Varies   Elective 3  
Total       13  

 

* MATH 0823: Math for a Digital World or MATH 0824: Mathematical Patterns is strongly recommended.

** English 2596: Writing for Business & Industry is recommended.

 

Recommended Sequence of Courses & Prerequisites for Pre-Health Information Management Students - 45+  

Transfer Students

 

General Education for 45+ Transfer Students
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
Intellectual Heritage 0851 (0951)
    or
0852 (0952)
Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I
      or
Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II
3 GY

GZ
Quantitative Literacy *     3 GQ
One course in two (2) of the following three (3) areas (6-7 credits total):
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
One course from each of the following areas:
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society ** 3 GG
GenEd      08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity    3 GD  
         
Prerequisites for HIM:
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Kinesiology 1223 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4  
Kinesiology 1224 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4  
CIS 1055 Computers & Applications 4  
Mathematics

Psychology

Sociology
1013

1167

1167
Elements of Statistics
     or
Foundations in Statistical Methods
     or
Social Statistics
3

3

3
 
         
Additional Suggested Courses:
Varies   Writing Intensive *** 3  
HIM 1101 Medical Terminology
(recommended, but not required)
3  

 

* Completion of Mathematics 1031, 1041, 1042, 1941, 1942, 2043, Statistics 2101, 2103, or a transfer course with a QA, QB, or GQ Course Attribute exempts students from completing the GQ requirement.  Math 0823 or 0824 are strongly recommended for students who need to complete this requirement.

**Students can satisfy the GenEd World Society requirement (GG) by completing a summer or semester study abroad program.

*** English 2596: Writing for Business & Industry is recommended.

Prerequisites for HIM

  • All University GenEd requirements
  • Kinesiology 1223: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Kinesiology 1224: Human Anatomy and Physiology II (this 2-semester sequence replaces the GS requirement for GenEd)
  • Mathematics 1013 or Psychology 1167 or Sociology 1167
  • Computer & Information Science 1055: Computers & Applications

Admission to HIM

  • Applications to the HIM program are required for admission 
  • All prerequisites and general education classes may be taken at Ambler, Main or Temple Center City campuses; however, all professional HIM courses are taught at the Health Sciences Campus
  • Minimum GPA to be competitive for HIM is 2.8

Applications

  • Individuals who are interested in career opportunities that combine health, business and information technology should consider this major
  • Professionals in this field are employed by hospitals, private physician offices, health insurance companies, law offices, nursing homes, hospice organizations, and government health agencies
  • HIM is a viable undergraduate major for individuals looking to apply to medical/clinical fields (Medicine, Podiatry, Dentistry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant)

 

For more information contact: Dr. Cindy Marselis, Chair, Health Information Management program, 215-707-4811 or www.temple.edu/him

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