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University Honors Program and Course Descriptions

Note: Departmental Honors is described in the Bulletin under the Schools and College offering it. These are: College of Liberal Arts, the Fox School of Business and Management, and the School of Communications and Theater.

Dieter Forster, Director
Ruth Tonner Ost, Associate Director
684 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-7573

Mail inquiries to:
Director, University Honors Program
648 Ritter Annex,
Temple University
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

The University Honors Program offers highly motivated and talented students the experience of a small selective college while drawing on the resources of a large university. The Program offers Honors sections of Core courses (see Core Curriculum) as well as unique Honors Core and elective courses. The program features smaller classes, specially selected faculty, innovative teaching methods (seminars, group projects, mock trials, field trips), a day-long Fall Orientation, and greater interaction among students and with faculty. Honors students may design interdisciplinary majors.

The Honors Office offers personal advising, career counseling, as well as help with fellowship and graduate school applications. In conjunction with Honors students, the office staff arranges special activities such as poetry readings, panel discussions on current events, and field experiences. There is also an Honors student lounge.

University Honors is open to students enrolling in any of the twelve schools and colleges of the University. The program is normally entered at the beginning of the first year, but capable current first and second year students already at Temple or transfer students may apply. About 250 students are admitted each year. Admission is decided on the basis of Academic qualifications (SAT scores, high school GPA, class rank, or merit-based awards), letters of recommendation, samples of writing, research, and creative work, and by personal interview. Eligibility is given to students whose combined SAT score is above 1250 and who rank in the top 10% of their class. Students are routinely screened for Honors by the admissions staff during the applications process, but may express their interest in Honors on the Temple application form, by attending an Honors workshop during summer orientation, or by contacting the Honors Office.

For requirements of the program, see Academic Policies and Regulations.

Honors Courses

Note: The courses below are arranged by Core category and constitute an overview of courses typically offered in the Honors curriculum. These courses are open only to Honors students and are specially designed for highly motivated students. The course content is approximately as described below but may vary more strongly with instructor than it does for regular courses. For authoritative information about Honors courses, see The Honors Course Guide which is available each semester from University Honors, 648 Ritter Annex,(215) 204-7573. This guide includes full course descriptions, approach to teaching, method of evaluation, and instructor biographies. For admissions information and rules and regulations, see Academic Policies and Regulations.


English H090. Honors Introduction to Literature and Composition (3s.h.) (CO) FS

Intellectual Heritage (IH)

IH X091. Honors Intellectual Heritage (3 s.h.) (IH1) FS

IH X092. Honors Intellectual Heritage (3 s.h.) (IH2) FS

American Culture (AC)

American Studies H092. Work in America (3 s.h.) (AC) F

American Studies H091. American Lives (3 s.h.) (AC) F

American Studies H197. Quest for the American Dream (3 s.h.) (AC + UL Elective) S

English H096. Survey of American Literature (3 s.h.) (AC) S

Law X093. Tobacco in America -- An Interdisciplinary Study of Tobacco and The Cigarette (3 s.h.) (AC) S

Political Science H091. American Government (3 s.h.) (AC) S

Religion H092. Religion in America (3 s.h.) (AC) F

Arts (AR)

American Studies H194. The Arts in America (3 s.h.) (AR) S

Architecture H190. Architectural History: Ancient to Renaissance (3 s.h.) (AR) F Prerequisite:IH X051 or X091.

Architecture H191. Architectural History: Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution (3 s.h.) (AR) S Prerequisite:IH X51 or X091.

Art X099. Introduction to Visual Language - Drawing (3 s.h.) (AR) F, S

Art History H095. Art Heritage of the Western World I (3 s.h.) (AR) F

Art History H096. Art Heritage of the Western World II (3 s.h.) (AR) S

Dance H190. Entry into Dance as Art (3 s.h.) (AR) S

English H093. Introduction to Drama (3 s.h.) (AR) FS

English X094. Introduction to Literature (3 s.h.) (AR) F

Individual and Society (IN)

Economics H091. Macroeconomics (3 s.h.) (IN) F

Economics H092. Microeconomic Principles (3 s.h.) (IN) S

Economics H093. Economic Principles (3 s.h.) (IN) F

Law X091. Law and Society (3 s.h.) (IN) F

Philosophy H090. Introduction to Philosophy (3 s.h.) (IN) S

Psychology X091. Psychology as a Social Science (3 s.h.) (IN) F

Sociology H090. Introduction to Sociology (3 s.h.) (IN) F

Women's Studies X091. Introduction to Women's Studies (3 s.h.) (IN) FS

International Studies (IS)

Anthropology H091. Cultures of the World (3 s.h.) (IS) S

Geography and Urban Studies H095. World Urban Patterns (3 s.h.) (IS) FS

German H090. Literature and Culture of Central Europe (3 s.h.) (IS) F

History H091. War and Society (3 s.h.) (IS) S

History H093. The Ancient World (3 s.h.) (IS) S
Meets the non-Western/Third World Requirement.

History X094. The Modern World (3 s.h) (IS) S
Meets the non-Western/Third World Requirement.

History H095. Gender and History (3 s.h.) (IS) F

History H096. Modern Europe (3 s.h.) (IS) S

Political Science H092. Foreign Government and Politics (3 s.h.) (IS) S

Political Science H093. International Politics (3 s.h.) (IS) F
Meets the non-Western/Third World Requirement.

Religion H090. Introduction to Asian Religion (3 s.h.) (IS) F
Meets the non-Western/Third World Requirement.


Spanish H091 and H092. Basic Spanish I and II. (4 s.h. each) (LA and LB) FS

Spanish H093. Intermediate Spanish (3 s.h.) (LC) F

Spanish H101. Conversational Review (3 s.h.) (Upper level language) FS
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or Spanish H093 or a satisfactory score on the placement examination

Spanish H103. Hispanic Readings (3 s.h.) (Upper level language) FS
Prerequisite: Completion of Spanish C061 or Spanish H093 or a satisfactory score on the placement examination

Mathematics (QA and QB)

Mathematics H090. College Mathematics (3 s.h.) (QA) F

Mathematics H091. Elements of Mathematical Thought (3 s.h.) (QB) S
Prerequisite: Math C055 or H090.

Mathematics H095. Calculus: Introduction to Modern Analysis I (4 s.h.) (QB) F Prerequisite: Math 0074 with a grade C or better, or high school algebra (2 years) and trigonometry (1 year).

Mathematics H096. Calculus: Introduction to Modern Analysis II (4 s.h.) S
Math C085 or H095 with a grade of C or better.

Philosophy H096. Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 s.h.) F
Math C055 or Math H090 or Stat. C011.

Statistics H092. Basic Quantitative Foundations for Business and Economics
(3 s.h.) (QB) F
Prerequisite: C- or better in Stat. C011 or Math C055, C075, or C085. This course may be used to fulfill the Statistics C012 requirement of the Fox School of Business and Management.

Statistics H093. Basic Statistics for Business and Economics (3 s.h.) (QB) F
Prerequisite: Mathematics C075, C085, C095, or special permission. Open only to business designated Honors Students. This sequence may be used to fulfill the statistics requirements of the Fox School of Business and Management.

Science for Majors (SA and SB)

Chemistry H091. General Chemistry I (3 s.h., lab 1 s.h.) (SA) F
Corequisite: Honors Chemistry Lab, H093. Students must also sign up for the Honors Recitation.

Chemistry H092. General Chemistry II (3 s.h., lab 1 s.h.) (SB) S
Chem 91/93. Corequisite: Lab H094, and Honors Recitation.

Biology H103. Introduction to Biology I, Lecture and Lab (4 s.h.) (SA) F
One year of college chemistry (lecture and lab) and one year of calculus, both completed at C- or better. Corequisite: Organic Chemistry.

Biology H104. Introduction to Biology II (4 s.h.) (SB) S

Science for Non-majors (SA and SB)

American Studies H193. Technology and American Culture (3 s.h.) (SB) S
Computer and Information Sciences H095. Computers and Applications (4 s.h.) (SB) S Prerequisite: First-level core science course.

Electrical Engineering H094. Engineering from Pyramids to Microchips (4 s.h.) (SB) S

Philosophy H097. Science in Context (4 s.h.) (SB) S.

Physics H091. Physics: Matter and Motion (4 s.h.) (SA) F

Physics H096. Honors Astronomy (4 s.h.) (SB) S

Studies in Race

History H195. Special Topics: Race and Ethnicity in American History (3 s.h.) (RS) S

History H191. Race and the U.S. Constitution. (3 s.h.) (RS) F

Religion H095. Racial Justice: A Religious Mandate of Obedience and Revolt
(3 s.h.) (RS) F

Women's Studies H195. The Politics of Diversity, Focus on Race & Gender
(3 s.h.) (RS) (UL) S

Upper Level Electives

American Studies H190. Radicalism in the United States (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

American Studies H191. Political Protest and Culture in the 60s (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

American Studies H196. American Frontiers (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

History H192. History of American Medicine (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

History H193. World Economy Since 1945 (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

Honors H091. The Human-Animal Bond: Interactions Between Animals and People (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

Honors H192. Italian Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present
(3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

Geography H296. Sicily: People, Land, Identity (3 s.h.) (UL Elective)

Italian H395. Italian Cinema and Literature as Critical Images of the End of the 2nd Millennium (3 s.h.) (UL Elective)

Human Resource Administration H390. Managing People at Work (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) FS

Math W195. Mathematical Recreations (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) F

Philosophy H121. Introduction to Ethical Theory (3 s.h.) (Upper level Elective) F

Religion H393. Death and Dying (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

Religion H398. “Sects” and “Cults” in the United States, 1945 to Present (3 s.h.) (UL Elective) S

Women's Studies H393. Feminist Theory (3 s.h.) (Upper level Elective) F