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Undergraduate Studies develops and implements university-wide student-centered academic programs and services and works with schools and colleges so that students have the opportunity to achieve their academic goals. The office also ensures that the undergraduate curriculum and academic policies meet university standards and support Temple's academic mission.
Academic Programs & Support Units
Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center serves many types of students: 1) University Studies - degree-seeking students who have not yet declared a major including pre-health information management students. 2) Continuing Studies students are non-degree students - meaning they are not currently enrolled in a degree program at Temple. 3) Students in Transition - Students not quite sure of their academic path including students undeclared in other schools or colleges and students considering changing their major.
The Main Campus office of Continuing Studies serves a wide variety of students, including adults returning to school for undergraduate or graduate courses; professionals updating their skills; students taking courses to meet admissions requirements for graduate or professional schools; visiting students; and students taking courses for personal enrichment. Our Continuing Studies advisors are happy to guide you through the process of enrolling in Temple courses on a non-degree basis.
Division of University Studies
Students who do not declare an academic major upon entering college, or are in transition within the university, are served by the Division of University Studies (DUS). All students must declare a major in one of Temple's degree-granting undergraduate schools and colleges upon completing 60 credits, including any credits transferred from other institutions. This academic unit helps students explore academic options and search for new majors following a compulsory change of major from their former school or college. Students in pre-health professions programs (pre-nursing and pre-health information management) are also served by DUS and may remain there until they are accepted by the College of Health Professions or declare an alternative academic program of study.
The Temple University Career Center provides all Temple students and recent alumni with a full range of services, programs and resources to optimize internship and employment opportunities. Both in person and online, visitors to the Career Center can explore career and graduate school options; learn how to create their personal brand by receiving advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and job search skills; and connect with employers for internships, part-time and full-time positions.
General Education Program
The GenEd Program at Temple University consists of a vast array of newly designed courses in nine (9) specific areas. Students must successfully complete courses in the GenEd Program as they work toward their undergraduate degree. GenEd courses engage you to hone your fundamental academic skills. From critical thinking to oral and written communication skills, GenEd courses help deepen your intellectual development. The content materials of GenEd courses also challenge you to reflect, react, and respond to the world around you. As an enhancement to your GenEd experience at Temple we provide you with the "PEX (Philadelphia Experience) Passport." The "Passport" presents you with the opportunity to have a more culturally-enriching connection to the Greater Philadelphia region.
Student Success Center (SSC)
The Student Success Center provides supplemental instruction, retreats, workshops, tutoring, peer-assisted study sessions and academic coaching to all students across the university, including those whose needs cross disciplines. Designed to help students achieve academic success, enhance or develop strong leadership skills and prepare for their future careers, students receive comprehensive academic support in a welcoming environment.
The Writing Center offers a variety of services designed to support Temple students in their writing. The most important of these services is one-on-one tutoring, and it is available to undergraduate and graduate students across the curriculum. Tutoring is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment, and e-mail tutoring is available through our Web site. In addition, the Writing Center offers in-class writing workshops: at an instructor's request, we will make a presentation to his or her class tailored to meet the needs of that group.
Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies
The Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies (OPPHS) provides advising, application support and educational assistance for students interested in preparing for a career in the following health-care professions: Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Veterinary Medicine as well as general advising support for students interested in graduate programs for Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies also coordinates admission to the Health Scholars Program, the Accelerated Options (3+4) programs to the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Podiatry, and the Accelerated Option (3+3) Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the College of Health Professions.
Through a curriculum offered by the Temple Department of Military Science, qualified full-time students can earn a commission as an Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard Officer, while concurrently satisfying academic requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree. Interested students not convinced that a career in the military is right for them can also learn more about how The Army of the United States selects and trains its future leaders and conducts operations on a day-to-day basis.
Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising
Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising (SDFA) offers assistance to Temple students in all stages of the application process for competitive, merit-based national fellowships. SDFA provides information on available programs, advice, opportunities for strategic planning and reflection, and guidance for completing a competitive application. Through outreach to the campus community, support of students, and collaboration with faculty and administration, Fellowships Advising seeks to develop a campus culture that encourages motivated students to pursue these enriching educational opportunities.
University Honors Program
The Honors Program at Temple University serves academically talented students. The program features small classes, great teachers, one-on-one academic advising, and unique experiences from freshman through senior year. We appreciate that the typical Honors student is quite atypical. We've got politicians, artists, scientists, engineers, historians, dancers, educators, skateboarders, photographers, architects, rock-climbers, and athletes. We help students realize their personal boundaries, and then challenge them, creating careers out of their dreams. Honors is right in the thick of it, and we know all about the wonderful connections a major research university like Temple has to offer: community service, internships, scholarships, sports, entertainment and study abroad opportunities.
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