Bachelor of Arts in History

The history major consists of a step approach. Courses numbered 1000-1999 are introductory level; courses numbered 2000-2999 are intermediate level, and courses numbered 3000–4999 are advanced level. Courses with "9" as a second digit are honors courses and are usually restricted to honors students.

The history major requires twelve courses (36 credits). Students must take two introductory level courses, of which one is selected from courses numbered 1000–1099 and one from courses numbered 1100–1999. Three courses (9 credits) are required at the 2000 level. Three elective courses (9 credits) are required at the 3000 level. All history majors take two required writing seminars: in the Junior year, students take a 3000 level writing course and in the Senior year, they take a complimentary Capstone course at the 4000 level. All writing intensive courses end in -96, -97 or -98. Finally, students may select two history courses (6 credits) at any level. 

  • Within these broad requirements, students must complete a minimum of two courses in U.S. history, two courses in European history, and three courses in Asian, African, Latin American or Global/Comparative history.
  • Two of the courses in any category or level must be predominantly pre-1900 in content.
  • Students should take four courses that represent an area of concentration based on some geographic or thematic intellectual rationale. The area of concentration should be defined in writing and approved by a departmental advisor ideally at the start of the junior year and no later than the start of the senior year. 

History Honors Program

To participate in the History Honors Scholar Program, you must first apply to the University Honors office. Any History major who has earned or is in the process of earning 60 credits and has roughly a 3.7 cumulative GPA can apply for the program. The application form is available on the Honors web site: Students in the program take six courses (18 credits), including HIST 4934 Honors Historiography and Research Methods, HIST 4997 Honors Thesis Seminar and four upper-level Honors electives (any department). With careful planning, these Honors courses can ALSO fulfill the requirements for the History major so that students need not delay graduation. For example, the Honors Thesis Seminar (HIST 4997 Honors Thesis Seminar) fulfills the normal "capstone/writing" requirement, and the electives, if chosen from History offerings, will also fulfill major requirements. Students must maintain a 3.4 GPA in History and a 3.4 GPA overall. Make an appointment to meet with the Honors Advisor, Travis Glasson (, for advice on completing the application and to discuss your intellectual interests.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. History majors may select either HIST 1012 Professional Development for History Majors or CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (36 credits):
NOTE: These twelve courses have both level and subject matter distributions. Any given course may count in both Category A (level) and Category B (content area) and possibly Category C (time period) as well. Please see the course descriptions for more information on which category/categories are applicable.

Select a minimum of 12 courses in History, distributed as follows:
Category A (Level Requirements)
Select one Introductory History 1000-1099 course3
Select one Introductory History 1100-1899 course3
Select three Intermediate History 2000-2999 courses9
Select three Advanced History 3000-3999 courses9
Select two History electives at any level6
Select one Junior Writing Seminar at the 3000-level (ends in -96, -97, -98)3
Select one Capstone Writing Seminar at the 4000-level (ends in -96, -97, -98)3
Category B (Content Area)
Two courses from Category A must be in American history.
Two courses from Category A must be in European history.
Three courses from Category A must be in Global/Comparative History, Asian, African, or Latin American history.
Category C (Time Period)
Two courses from Category A must focus on a period pre-1900.
Total Credit Hours36

Distinction in Major

To receive Distinction in Major, students must complete HIST 4934 Honors Historiography and Research Methods and HIST 4997 Honors Thesis Seminar. The end product of the Honors Thesis Seminar  is an Honors Thesis, which the student will present at a scholarly conference sponsored by the department. The Honors Thesis will also fulfill the History major's thesis/capstone requirement. Students must maintain a 3.4 GPA in all history courses and a 3.4 GPA in Temple courses overall. Students who are not in the University Honors Program will require special permission from the History Honors Scholar Program Director, Travis Glasson to enroll in HIST 4934 and HIST 4997.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in History

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
One Introductory History 1000-1099 Course - United States/Concentration13
One Introductory History 1100-1899 Course - Global3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
One Intermediate History 2000-2999 Course - European3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
GenEd Global/World Society Course
Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
 Term Credit Hours16
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
One Intermediate History 2000-2999 Course - Pre-19003
One Intermediate History 2000-2999 Course - United States/Concentration3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
One Advanced History 3000-3999 Course - Global3
One Advanced History 3000-3999 Course - European3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
One History 3000-3999 Junior Writing Seminar - Concentration [WI]3
One Advanced History 3000-3999 Course - Pre-19003
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
One History Elective at Any Level - Global3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
One History Elective at Any Level - Concentration3
One History 4000+ Capstone Writing Seminar - Concentration [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
0800-4999 Electives in Any School or College5
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123

Fulfillment of concentration and distributional requirements can vary from suggestions here. Please consult an advisor for guidance on fulfilling these requirements.