These requirements are for students who matriculated in academic year 2023-2024. Students who matriculated prior to fall 2023 should refer to the Archives to view the requirements for their Bulletin year.

Summary of Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 122 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA.

University Requirements

Students must complete the university's General Education curriculum.

  • Successful completion (minimum grade of C-) in both FDPR 1511 and ARTH 1156 will waive the GenEd Arts (GA) requirement.
  • Summer or semester study abroad will satisfy the GenEd Global/World Society requirement.

Major Requirements

  • Required courses in the Visual Studies program must be completed with a minimum grade of C- to apply towards degree requirements.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple University as part of the major. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are ART 3796 and VS 4096.
Foundation Requirements
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
or FDPR 1532 3D Foundation Principles/C
VS 1651Visual Studies 1 Foundation: Digital Imaging3
TYLE 1071Visual Studies 1 Introduction to Visual Studies: History, Theory, Practice3
FDPR 1503Woodshop Fundamentals1
Studio Requirements
VS 2001VS Seminar: Identities3
VS 2002VS Seminar: Narratives3
VS 2003VS Seminar: Sites3
VS 2004VS Seminar: Global Citizens3
ART 3796Art Career Workshop3
ART 2011Socially Engaged Arts Practices in Communities3
VS 4096Visual Studies Thesis Seminar3
Select 6 studio electives from ART, ARCH, ARTE, CART, GAD, LARC 118
Art History Requirement
ARTH 1155Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
or ARTH 1955 Honors Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 1300
ARTH 1156Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century3
or ARTH 1956 Honors Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century
Academic Requirements
Select 4 Non-Studio Elective courses at any level 2, 313
Select 4 Upper Level Non-Studio electives (2000-level or above) 212
Language Requirement (select one from the following) 44
ARBC 1002
Arabic Elements II
CHI 1002
Chinese Elements II
FREN 1002
Introduction to French II
GER 1002
Introduction to German II
GRKA 1002
Ancient Greek 2
GRKM 1002
Modern Greek Elements II
HEBR 1002
Elements II
HIN 1002
Hindi Elements II
ITAL 1002
Italian Language II
or ITAL 1902
Honors Italian Language II
JPNS 1002
Japanese Elements II
KRN 1002
Korean Elements II
LAT 1002
Latin 2
PORT 1002
Basic II
RUS 1002
First-Year Russian II
SPAN 1002
Basic II
or SPAN 1902
Honors Basic II
Total Credit Hours90

These studio electives must be taken in two or more areas within the subject codes ART, ARCH, ARTE, CART, GAD, or LARC but may not include ART 2011, CART 3011, or CART 3911.


Academic Electives may not be fulfilled with studio classes or courses with the subject code of ART or GAD.


If Language 1001 level is required per placement test results, this will apply towards one of the required academic elective courses.


If Language 1002 is not required as determined by placement testing, these credits must be taken as academic elective.