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College of Liberal Arts

Founded 1884



Teresa Scott Soufas, Dean
Anderson Hall, 12th Floor
1114 W. Berks Street

Jayne Drake, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
1206 Anderson Hall

Annette McMenamin Bakley, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Affairs

1249 Anderson Hall



Chris Wolfgang, Director of Academic Advising

1810 Liacouras Walk, Third Floor



Amanda Gibson, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Affairs and CLA Grievance Officer

1215 Anderson Hall




College of Liberal Arts Academic Advising Center
1810 Liacouras Walk, Third Floor


Special Programs
Honor Societies and Awards for Achievement
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Given the current pace of social and technological change in the world community, a firm grounding in the liberal arts is essential to one's prospects for success.  Although recent trends in higher education highlight the proliferation of job-specific training, a well-rounded, liberal arts education is more relevant now than ever before.  While highly specialized training and knowledge may prove helpful in landing one's first job, those who will build successful careers and lead us into the future will have a much broader, more transferable set of skills.  Our graduates will be able to think critically while analyzing complex issues and developing creative solutions to problems that we have not yet imagined.  The written and oral communication skills honed by a liberal arts program will allow our graduates to communicate their ideas concisely and effectively to both specialized and lay audiences.  Working across disciplines to evaluate ideas and arguments throughout their college career, liberal arts graduates develop the technological and cultural literacy necessary to thrive in the global marketplace.  In short, our leaders of the future will possess the skills and attributes that have long defined a liberal arts education.

In the College of Liberal Arts, our students learn how to learn by exploring a rich diversity of rigorous coursework in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, English, history, philosophy, sociology, religion, psychology and foreign languages.  Many of our courses are taught in intimate, seminar-style settings that encourage students to engage our world-class faculty in meaningful discourse that expands world views and enhances analytical reasoning skills.  Equally important is the flexibility afforded students within the liberal arts curriculum, which provides them with myriad opportunities to supplement their classroom education in meaningful ways by participating in study abroad programs, engaging in directed research, pursuing original scholarship through independent studies, and gaining valuable professional experience in internship programs.  Taken together, these liberal arts experiences not only prepare students for rewarding careers, but for fulfilling lives as informed and engaged citizens of the world.      

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Departments and programs at Temple University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (www.msche.org). Individual departments and programs may carry additional accreditation by the official accreditation body for that discipline.

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Special Programs

Center for Internships & Career Development

Dr. Michael Szekely, Coordinator
Third Floor, 1810 Liacouras Walk


The Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD) links College of Liberal Arts students and faculty to organizations in the greater Philadelphia region in order to provide applied learning and career-oriented opportunities, as well as forums for engaged research.  This also includes the development of experiential and career development programs and resources, including: internships (from smaller community-based organizations to larger non-profit organizations, from social services agencies to governmental agencies, from publishing firms to law firms), externships, volunteering, community service, building resumés, interviewing techniques, and matching the breadth of skills associated with a liberal arts education to concrete career paths and goals.  Comprehensive manuals are also available for students, faculty, and departments.  Contact the CICD to schedule an appointment.


First-Year Writing Program

Eli Goldblatt, Director

1046 Anderson Hall

Rachael Groner, Associate Director
1046 Anderson Hall


First-Year Writing includes two main 4-credit courses, English 0701 (Introduction to Academic Discourse) and English 0802 (Analytical Reading and Writing). First-Year Writing also includes English 0711 and English 0812, which are sections of English 0701 and English 0802 (respectively) designated especially for English as a Second Language students. The ESL sections of all of our courses are equivalent in weight and credit to their direct counterparts.

Entering students are either placed into the 0701-0802 sequence, placed into 0802 only, or exempted from these courses entirely. Placement is based on a formula which takes into account the results of the placement exam, DTLS reading and writing scores, high school rank, and the SAT verbal score.

If a student places into English 0701/0711, he or she may not enroll in English 0802/0812 until English 0701/0711 is completed successfully, with a grade of C- or better. English 0802/0812 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed English 0902 (Honors Literature, Reading and Writing).

English 0802/0812 is a required course in the General Education program. English 0802/0812 is a prerequisite for Intellectual Heritage 0851 and 0852: Mosaic Humanities Seminar I and II, any upper-level course in the College of Liberal Arts (all courses numbered 2000-4999) and all Writing Intensive Courses (course numbers ending in -96, -97, and -98).

Students are advised to take the required three-course sequence of Analytical Reading and Writing, Mosaic I, and Mosaic II (IH 0851 and 0852) in order and in successive semesters.


Intellectual Heritage Program (Mosaic Humanities Seminars I & II)

214 Anderson Hall



Daniel Berman, Director


Gayle Schooley, Administrator

614 Anderson Hall



Linda Tribune, Coordinator

214 Anderson Hall



The Intellectual Heritage Program offers a two-course sequence, Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I and II, IH 0851 and 0852, which is part of the university General Education curriculum. Engaging with some of the rich, complex, and historically-significant texts that have shaped our culture, students build strong communication skills and intellectual curiosity. Students become familiar with some of the key concepts and moments in Western and other intellectual traditions.

Students starting in the 2011-2012 academic year are required to complete the General Education Curriculum.  Transfer students should see their academic advisor for more information regarding their IH placement.  Satisfactory completion of English 0802 is a prerequisite for the Mosaic sequence.  Honors versions of the Mosaic sequence are offered as IH 0951 and IH 0952, respectively.


Study Abroad

Mark Rohland, Academic Advisor



Undergraduates majoring in any liberal arts discipline may pursue a large variety of study abroad options. Temple University has campuses in Rome, Italy, and Tokyo, Japan. We offer programs in London, England, Oviedo, Spain, and exchange programs with universities in England, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Summer programs are offered in a number of countries, such as France, Ghana, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and South Africa. In addition, CLA undergraduates can choose to study in non-Temple programs around the world.  See Education Abroad in Tuttleman Learning Center or www.temple.edu/studyabroad for more information about study abroad options.


University Honors Program

The College of Liberal Arts participates in the university-wide honors program. Go to the University Honors Program section in this Bulletin for more information.  


Departmental Honors Programs

Some departments in the College of Liberal Arts offer an Honors track for their majors. Students should consult the Bulletin information listed under the individual majors (links on the left side of this page) for eligibility, specific program requirements, and contacts. 


Temple Law Scholars Program

Paul Crowe, Director
7th floor Anderson Hall

The Temple Law Scholars Program provides an opportunity for outstanding students to gain provisional admission to the Temple University Beasley School of Law at the same time they are accepted into the College of Liberal Arts. As Temple Law Scholars, students spend their undergraduate years in Temple's Honors Program, after which they enroll in the Beasley School of Law, leading to the JD degree. Scholars will take advantage of special opportunities, including internships, mock trial competitions, attendance at special events and lectures, and sitting in on law school classes.

The Temple Law Scholars Program is highly selective. To be considered, applicants must be accepted into the Honors Program. High class standing, high SAT scores, and superior letters of recommendation are expected, as is an articulate, thoughtful essay. In addition, other criteria used in the decision-making process include above-average maturity, community service, leadership, and a genuine commitment to the legal profession and service to others.

Application to the Temple Law Scholars Program takes place at the same time students apply to the College of Liberal Arts. The application materials include the Temple undergraduate admission application, the Temple Law Scholars application, a letter of recommendation, and an essay on a topic assigned by the Temple Law Scholars admissions committee. An interview may also be required. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is April 1. Applications received before March 1 will receive priority treatment.

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Honor Societies and Awards for Achievement


During the graduation season in May, the Baccalaureate Awards Ceremony is held to honor seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and/or exceptional service to the college. Junior scholarship recipients are recognized at an annual event in the fall. These prizes are awarded competitively and are a testament to the excellence of the College of Liberal Arts undergraduates.

Phi Beta Kappa

See Opportunities>Honor Societies.

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Student Association Information

Majors' Associations

Some of the departments within the College of Liberal Arts support student interest groups known as Majors’ Associations. These organizations may provide opportunities for students from the individual disciplines of the liberal arts to meet one another and to extend the learning experience beyond the classroom. Some of these associations invite their alumni back to campus to connect with current undergraduates and talk with them about the wide range of career options open to liberal arts graduates.

Participation in the majors’ associations has significant benefits. Active involvement cultivates skills in leadership, team work, and public speaking, all of which are highly valued in the workplace.

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Special Facilities


Educational Technology Center (ETC)

College of Liberal Arts - Information Technology (CLA IT)

The College of Liberal Arts offers cutting-edge technology and resources for students, faculty and staff.  Our IT staff manages 70 technology-enabled "smart" classrooms, more than 415 computer stations in both laboratory and classroom settings, and a wireless network with 100% coverage in all CLA spaces. 

Temple University
College of Liberal Arts
Information Technology
AL-21 Anderson Hall
1114 West Berks Street
Philadelphia PA, 19122-6090

Phone: 215-204-3213

Fax: 215-204-5440


General Labs

The Educational Technology Center (ETC), located in Anderson 21, provides computing and media resources to faculty and students throughout the university. The Anderson 21 100-seat drop-in computer lab is a resource to assist students with course-related programs and general computing needs.

Hours of Operation:

Fall/Spring Semesters and Study/Exam Days:  All facilities are open 7:30 AM to 9:30 PM Monday through Thursday and until 7:30 PM on Fridays. The exceptions are Weiss 640 and both Tuttleman labs. Weiss 640 closes at 7:30 PM daily. For the Tuttleman labs hours, please visit the Writing Center's web site. There are no weekend hours.

Summer Sessions, Spring Break, and Winter Break: All facilities are open 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM Monday through Friday with the exception of the Tuttleman labs. For the Tuttleman labs hours, please visit the Writing Center's web site. There are no weekend hours.

Select Staff:

Marc Getty, Director of Information Technology
Building Manager Anderson & Gladfelter Halls
Office: Anderson Hall 21
e-mail: marc.getty@temple.edu
Phone: 215-962-5603

Crystal Schulz, Manager, Computer Labs
Office: Anderson Hall 21
e-mail: crystal.schulz@temple.edu
Phone: 215-204-3213

Rodney Holloway, Evening Manager, Computer Labs
Office: Anderson Hall 21
e-mail: R.T.Holloway@temple.edu
Phone: 215-204-3213

Cyril Ireland, Manager, Classroom Support
Office: Anderson Hall 21
e-mail: cireland@temple.edu
Phone: 215-435-1313

Vinodh Ganesan, Assistant Director, Web and Database

Office: Anderson Hall 21

e-mail: vinodh@temple.edu
phone: 215-204-5985

Jack Knorr, Assistant Director, Psychology
e-mail: jack.knorr@temple.edu
phone: 215-204-7322


Media Learning Center (MLC)

Frank Palazzo
Manager, Media Learning Center
Office: Anderson Hall 21
e-mail: frank.palazzo@temple.edu
Phone: 215-204-5439


The Media Learning Center (MLC), a service of the College of Liberal Arts, is located within the Educational Technology Center in Anderson 21. The MLC provides audio, video, 16mm, slide, and printed materials for faculty use in the classroom. The center also provides facilities for students to view course-related media.



The College of Liberal Arts IT department has numerous projects in various stages of development created specifically for student intern input. The internships provide invaluable hands-on experience in a wide range of disciplines. Students work directly with CLA IT staff as well as faculty in a professional work environment with the opportunity to tailor projects to their individual strengths and interests, including photography, architecture, and graphic design. The internships are term-based and for course credit if needed.

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