What is History at Temple?


What programs does Temple offer in History?

History majors are required to take a minimum of 36 credits (12 courses) for their major. Students take courses in American, European, and non-Western history. Click here for a detailed description of the major and minor course requirements. [top]

What does one study in the History minor?

Students who are interested in the study of history but do not necessarily wish to select it as their major are encouraged to consider minoring in the field. A minor in history consists of 18 credits in history of which 6 may be numbered below 100 and 6 must be numbered 200 or above. This flexibility allows students to design a minor that best reflects their individual interests. [top]


Internships offer students attractive ways to put their education to practical use. Students can learn new skills and explore professional goals while making contributions to the workplace. Opportunities are available in archives, museums, historical parks, and historic preservation. [top]

Can History majors participate in overseas programs?

Yes! Temple University-Japan, or TUJ -- the University's campus in Tokyo -- offers U.S. undergraduates the opportunity to study in Japan with bilingual Japanese students for a semester or academic year and to enroll in upper level courses not only in history but also economics, art history, political science, and religion. Japanese language is offered at all levels. The courses are taught by a distinguished faculty, and except for the Japanese language courses are conducted in English. Qualified matriculated students may apply for scholarship assistance of up to $5000 per semester, and Temple University students currently receiving financial aid can apply most of their aid to a semester or year at TUJ.

Temple University also has its own campus in Rome, which offers courses in history as well as in the other liberal arts, architecture, international business, and the visual arts. Students may also participate in any of Temple's exchange programs. Currently, exchange programs are in place with the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, the University of Hamburg and Tuebingen University of Germany, and the University of East Anglia in England. For information, contact the International Programs Office, Conwell Hall, 5th floor, (215) 204-4684. [top]

What are the career opportunities for a History major?

The study of history encourages students to develop strong critical-thinking, analytical, and writing skills -- exactly the traits employers like about liberal arts majors. Many graduates find employment in government service, insurance, banking, business, and communications.

Or, a history major might go on to graduate or professional schools for further study. Many become teachers and educational administrators. Others earn advanced degrees in history and enjoy careers as historians, museum curators and researchers, journalists, and academic authors. Quite a few graduates have found the history major to be excellent preparation for law school.

For more information on the career possibilities open to history majors visit the American Historical Association's web site. [top]

Understanding Today and Tomorrow by Looking at Regional Histories and Cultures

They say history repeats itself, and when you think about certain world events -- like those devastating famines in Africa and the political turmoil that has erupted in post-Cold War eastern Europe -- you begin to see the truth behind the cliche. If you're interested in better understanding the history, the present, and the prospects of certain regions of the world, you might consider combining a major in history with a minor in Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Jewish Studies, or African-American Studies. [top]

What about teaching high school history?

Students majoring in history may indeed earn secondary teaching certification through undergraduate programs in the College of Education. [top]