Undergraduate Bulletin Updated for 1997-1998

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Ed Groff, Undergraduate Coordinator
(215) 204-6284

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance
The undergraduate program is designed to provide a sound preparation for students wishing to enter the dance profession in a variety of areas including performance, choreography, production, and teaching. It is also designed to serve as a strong foundation for the continued study of dance in any of these areas or in related areas in the field. The B.F.A. is designed for the student's personal development as well as the development of the technical skills demanded by the profession. Students are expected to extend their competency in the techniques as demanded of professional dancers; expand their understanding of choreography, performance, production, and other areas of knowledge in dance; and gain meaningful experiences in the related arts, sciences, and humanities.

Acceptance into the Undergraduate Program
Students who have been admitted to the University as dance majors are required to successfully complete an audition to gain formal acceptance into the program. Prospective and newly admitted students are strongly advised to make an appointment with the undergraduate coordinator to discuss personal goals and the department's program.

The Audition
The audition consists of an introductory technique class taught by members of the dance faculty and an interview with a faculty committee. The dance faculty attempts to choose students with both the movement and intellectual potential to enter and complete the dance program with relative expectations of success. The faculty is concerned that potential students' goals and aspirations are compatible with the department philosophy.

A student must pass the audition prior to final acceptance by the University and notification of admission as a matriculated student. The department will accept a student as a dance major only after the University admissions process has been completed.

Freshmen and transfer students are formally advised by the Dance Department undergraduate coordinator. Freshmen should make an appointment for early advising in the semester prior to entrance. All transfer students, internal or external, should contact the undergraduate coordinator before completing the transfer process.

The Undergraduate Curriculum
The undergraduate dance major curriculum includes a maximum of 70 semester hours of required dance courses. In addition, a maximum of 40 hours in the Core Curriculum are required. A minimum 15 hours of electives are available inside or outside the department. The dance minor consists of 21 semester hours of required courses,125 s.h..

Program Distribution of Dance Courses
The curriculum is based on a sequence of dance experiences and additional groups of courses in nine areas of dance.

*Required dance courses
  1. Core Dance Experiences-courses required in sequence 12 s.h.
  2. Core Dance Techniques 24 s.h.
  3. Improvisation and Composition 8 s.h.
  4. Choreography and Performance 9 s.h.
  5. Historical and Cultural Perspectives 6 s.h.
  6. Systems of Movement Analysis 3 s.h.
  7. Music and Dance 3 s.h.
  8. Dance Production 2 s.h.
  9. Dance Major Electives

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Health Studies

Note: The Department of Health Education has joined with the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Program to form the new Department of Health Studies

With its new home in the Health Studies Department, Temple's Therapeutic Recreation Program has the unique advantage of providing students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and understanding of therapeutic recreation's role and potential contribution to health care delivery systems. These systems are making the transition from a primarily medical-model to a community health and wellness model of service delivery.

The new Department of Health Studies is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and health status of the public, including those at greatest risk for chronic and debilitating health problems and poor quality of life associated with disease, injury and disability. Health Studies is also committed to the role of play, recreation, and leisure experiences as significant contributions to health status, functional capacity and quality of life.


The United States Department of Labor projects that health-related disciplines will be among the 20 fastest growing fields of the 21st century. Employment potential for Health Studies graduates is excellent and is driven by these long-term trends: the aging of the population, the need for cost-containment in medical care, the importance of disease prevention through the environmental and behavioral change related to AIDS, violence, substance abuse and diet, and the recognition that play, recreation and leisure are critical to good health and the quality of life. Depending on the area of specialization, graduates may find employment in medical and rehabilitation units, county health departments, and agencies providing adult day-care, mental health, and family planning services.


Health Studies majors take a set of common theoretical courses designed to promote an understanding of health, wellness and disease prevention:

Note: Students must also fulfill 9 s.h. of writing intensive course requirements through University Core, Deparmental or Elective coursework.

University CORE Curriculum: (36-43 s.h.)

Department Required (33 - 36 s.h.)

HS 100 Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation and Health Professions*
PEP 312 Group Dynamics and Leadership
HS W312 Research and Evaluation
HS 206 Teaching Leisure and Health Education
HS 103 Health Psychology and Human Behavior
HS 324 Counseling Techniques in Health and TR
HS 200 Professional Seminar in Health and TR
HS 280 Internship I (3-6s.h.)
HS 380 Internship II (12 - 15 s.h.)*

* Students concentrating in the therapeutic recreation option are required to take HS 280 (3 s.h.) and HS (12 s.h.). Students concentrating School Health are required to take HS 255 (12 s.h.). Students concentrating in Community Health are required to take HS 150 (5 s.h.) and HS 220 (9 s.h.).


Community Health Education

Majors in this track typically engage in professional activities at sites such as: voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate worksites, community health organizations, family planning clinics and managed care facilities. Students learn to use educational interventions to provide health information, gain experience in assessing the needs of target populations, clarify program goals and objectives, and develop strategies to motivate and involve their clients/ patients in educational interventions.

School Health Education

Students in this program become health education teachers who affect the physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth and development of young people. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the National Teachers' Exam (NTE) to qualify for teaching certification for grades K-12 in Pennsylvania. School health educators introduce appropriate level health content to school children at the appropriate stages of their development, when they would most benefit from this knowledge.

Therapeutic Recreation

In the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Program, students develop an understanding of health and leisure behavior, and learn how to change behaviors to promote health, well-being and independence for individuals with disabilities. Therapeutic Recreation is the 12th fastest growing occupation, and is projected to have a 39% increase by the year 2005. By combining classroom learning with hands-on experiences, students are trained to become certified TR specialists in clinical, educational and community settings such as: physical rehabilitation hospitals, mental health agencies, nursing homes, outdoor community agencies and public recreation departments.

Therapeutic Recreation Required Cognate Courses
(30 s.h)
School Health Required Cognate Courses
(27 s.h.)
Community Health Required Cognate Courses
(30 s.h.)
HS 233 Sport & Recreation for Special Population HS 101 - Alcohol & Drugs HS 101 - Alcohol & Drugs
HS 330 Foundations of Professional Practice HS 102 - Dis. Prevention HS 102 - Disease Prevention
HS 331 TR Assessment & Documentation HS 104 - Nutrition HS 104 - Nutrition
HS 335 Clinical Procedures in TR HS 106 - Human Sexuality HS 106 - Human Sexuality
HS ??? Treatment Modalities in TR HS 107 Consumer Advocacy HS 107 Consumer Advocacy
HS ??? Administration of TR services* HS 206 - Teaching Techniques HS 206 Teaching Techniques
HS Elective HS 320 - Comp. School Health* HS 321- Program Planning
HS 355 TR & Physical Disabilities HS Elective HS 340 - Program Implementation & Adm.*
HS 354 TR & Mental Health HS Elective HS Elective
HS 358 TR & Long Term Care   HS Elective
HS 356 TR & Hospitalized Children    
HS 357 TR & Deve. Disabilities    
HS 353 Leisure & Aging    
HS 359 Psychosocial Aspects of Illness and Disability    
External Requirements

Therapeutic Recreation 14 s.h.

School Health 27 s.h.

Community Health 20 s.h.
PSY C50 Psychology as a Science (3 s.h.)
PSY C50 Psychology as a Science (3 s.h.)
PSY C50 Psychology as a Science (3 s.h.)
PE C100 Anatomy & Physiology (4 s.h.) PE C100 Anatomy and Physiology (4 s.h.) PE C100 Anatomy & Physiology (4 s.h.)
ED 121/132 Life Span Human Development (4 s.h.) PE C101 Anatomy and Physiology (4 s.h.) PE C101 Anatomy & Physiology (4 s.h.)
PSY C150 Psychopathology (3 s.h.)    
    HA X101 Service Systems (3 s.h.)
ENG 104 Business Writing* (3 s.h.)
  R&C 65 Public Speaking (3 s.h.) R&C 65 Public Speaking (3 s.h.)
  ED 60 Education in the US (3 s.h)  
  ED 121/132 Life Span Human Development (4 s.h.)  
  ED 151 Multi-Cultural Rel (3 s.h.)  
  ED 152 Exceptional Child (3 s.h.)  
CPR certification and First Aid certification: Community Level or better (0 s.h.) CPR certification and First Aid certification: Community Level or better (0 s.h.) CPR certification and First Aid certification: Community Level or better (0 s.h.)

C = fulfills core requirement
X = fulfills writing intensive requirement and one other core requirement area
* = fulfills writing intensive requirement


Additional certifications or specializations are available with a B.S. degree in Health Studies:


Each professional program requires practical fieldwork experiences that allow students to apply their knowledge and skills to real health issues under the direction of a field supervisor. This opportunity also offers professional contacts for students seeking jobs after graduation. In addition, students have hands-on access to a full spectrum of technology resources to help them become self-directed, lifelong learners. This "learn by doing" approach is central to Temple University's mission.

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Physical Education

Rick Swalm, Undergraduate Coordinator
(215) 204-8713

The undergraduate program in physical education leading to the Bachelor of Science degree requires students to do coursework in three broad areas: University Core Curriculum, the discipline of human movement, and a professional application track or advanced study in the discipline of human movement.

Study in the discipline of human movement includes a group of courses (PE 0001, 0202-0206) which deals with the intellectual, physical, social, psychological, and philosophical factors which influence and are influenced by human beings as they move. In addition to the Core courses, students take six hours in advanced courses in the discipline and satisfy a forms of movement competency requirement which consists of developing knowledge and skills in a broad spectrum of movement activities (i.e., aquatics, dance, fitness, survival, and sports).

The third general area of the undergraduate physical education major program is the professional application track. Students select the track or tracks which satisfy their professional goals.

Athletic Training (AT)-prepares students to serve as athletic trainers with sports teams at all levels of competition. Certified trainers can practice in high schools, collegiate, or professional environments, or in sports medicine centers. The athletic trainer provides leadership in the prevention and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries and in directing conditioning programs for athletes. Coursework and field work in training rooms and/or sports medicine centers prepare the student to take the certification tests of the National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA). The athletic training program is NATA-approved and admission into the program is competitive. Prerequisite courses (PE 0241 and 0242) must be completed at Temple University.

Exercise Science/Wellness-is the study of human performance during exercise, sport, work, and play. The application of this knowledge is relevant to people of all ages and levels of physical ability. The goal of the exercise scientist is to help improve a person's movement efficiency, endurance, and enjoyment.

Exercise Science/Wellness deals with a variety of health-related fitness issues. Successful graduates practice primarily in the field of preventive and rehabilitative exercise programming within business and industry, YMCAs, health clubs, hospital wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and adult fitness programs. The Exercise Science/Wellness program holds to a general wellness philosophy while meeting the standards recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE)-prepares students to teach physical and health education in public and private schools (grades K through 12). This program integrates academic preparation with field work experience each semester. Upon completion of the program, and after passing the National Teachers Examinations, graduates will be licensed to teach by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pre-Physical Therapy-a program of study designed for students interested in preparing for a master's degree in physical therapy. Students study human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning as well as various forms of movement. Students also complete a standard set of physical therapy prerequisite courses while completing their undergraduate degrees in exercise science or human movement studies.

Human Movement Studies-a general degree program which includes an overview of the discipline of human movement but not a professional emphasis. Students choose an expanded liberal arts background or use electives to design their own programs. Sports journalism, sport psychology, and health-fitness promotion are examples of possible programs.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

All students must complete 1-4 below:

  1. University Core Curriculum Courses 35-40
  2. Human Movement Core Courses (PE 0001, 0202-0206) 20
  3. Forms of Movement Courses (PE 0008-0099, 0270, 0280) 6-10
  4. Advanced Experience, Track, and Elective Courses 67-70

Note: All courses which serve as prerequisites for other courses in the Department of Physical Education must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Professional Option Requirements
Students may select a professional application track and electives to complete the 128 s.h. required for graduation.

Athletic Training


Exercise Science and Leadership



First Aid and CPR Certification 4 s.h.
Chemistry 0061/0063, 0062/0064; or 0071/0073, 0072/0074

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE)



Education 0151 Multicultural Perspectives 3 s.h.
First Aid and CPR Certification 0 s.h.

Pre-Physical Therapy

PE C100-C101 Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry C071-C073, C072-C074
Math C075
Biology C083, C084
Physics C083, C084
Statistics 0201
Advanced Psychology
Advanced Sociology/Anthropology


First Aid and CPR Certification 4 s.h.

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