Bachelor of Arts in History
Acquire the knowledge to better understand who we are, how our world was shaped over time and how the past informs our present lives with the Bachelor of Arts in History in Temple’s College of Liberal Arts. Through an innovative curriculum administered by internationally recognized faculty, you’ll gain a deep, thorough understanding of history in the city in which our nation was founded.
The History BA degree program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility to pursue their interests, whether in particular time periods or world regions. In addition to introductory classes and a wide range of upper-level coursework, students will build strong analytical, communication, research and writing skills.
Graduates are prepared to weigh evidence and evaluate interpretations of great events and significant personalities of the past. Simultaneously, students develop a broad general sense of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while gaining a greater depth of knowledge in history.
Studying History at Temple
Temple University is the ideal place to study history—not only because of Philadelphia’s rich, remarkable past, but also because of a program that incorporates the city’s storied history into its curriculum.
You’ll also have opportunities to study away and collaborate with faculty members who have expertise across a number of fields. Faculty members specialize in
- Asian history,
- the environment,
- military history,
- urban history and more.
Dissent in America Teach-Ins
The Dissent in America Teach-Ins program evolved from the Dissent in America course, led by Ralph Young, professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts. Through the program, students gather to discuss the historical background to the current political situation in the world. Teach-ins are held weekly.
Classes & Curriculum
Courses you are likely to take as part of the History Major curriculum include
- Analytical Reading and Writing,
- Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life,
- The Historian's Craft, and
- U.S. History to 1877.