Bachelor of Arts in History

The history major requires twelve courses (36 credits). Students must take two introductory level courses selected from American and World history surveys. Students may opt to take two survey courses from either area or one from each. These should be taken as early as possible, preferably in the freshman year. The three-course sequence in research methods and writing should be taken in the following order: HIST 2001 The Historian's Craft, then HIST 3096 Intermediate Writing Seminar, culminating in the senior level course, HIST 4096 Capstone Seminar in History in which students develop a research and writing project on the topic of their choice.

In addition, students in this major have a high degree of freedom, selecting seven upper level electives in history (numbered 2000+).

Students must select two "American" and two "non-American" courses. This requirement can be fulfilled with a combination of the required survey courses and the upper level electives. (Note: HIST 2001, HIST 3096 and HIST 4096 may not be used for this requirement.)

Undergraduate Honors

There are two ways to enhance your history degree by achieving honors within the major:

  • Participate in the History Honors Thesis Program
  • Become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society

Students in the History Honors Thesis Program research and write an original history thesis. All students who have a 3.4 cumulative and history averages are eligible to apply by contacting the History Honors Thesis Program Advisor, Dr. Travis Glasson. Note, this program is separate from the University Honors Program and is designed to complement that experience. 

In addition to meeting other requirements, students who successfully complete two courses [HIST 4934 Honors Historiography and Research Methods (3 credits, History major elective) and HIST 4997 Honors Thesis Seminar (3 credits, taken in lieu of HIST 4096)] are eligible to graduate with distinction in major.

Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honors Society, is open to both history majors and non-majors who have completed at least 12 credits in history and achieved a history GPA of 3.25 and a cumulative GPA of 3.10. Participation in Phi Alpha Theta is separate from the History Honors Scholars Program or the University Honors Program. For more information, contact the Phi Alpha Theta advisor, Dr. Monica Ricketts.

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).
      • History is designated as a "social science" major in the College of Liberal Arts.
        • Distribution Requirement: Social Science majors must take 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) 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 and Architecture, 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/12 courses in history):

Select a minimum of 12 courses in History, distributed as follows:
Select two Introductory Level courses from: 16
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History since 1877
World History Ancient
World History Modern
Select 7 electives in History numbered 2000-4999 121
HIST 2001The Historian's Craft3
HIST 3096Intermediate Writing Seminar3
HIST 4096Capstone Seminar in History3
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 2019-2020 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
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select two of the following:16
U.S. History to 1877 
U.S. History since 1877 
World History Ancient 
World History Modern 
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
HIST 2001The Historian's Craft3
Select one Professional Development course from:1
Professional Development for History Majors 
Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
History Electives numbered 2000+16
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
History Electives numbered 2000+16
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
HIST 3096Intermediate Writing Seminar [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
History Elective 2000+13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
History Elective 2000+13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
HIST 4096Capstone Seminar in History [WI]3
History Elective 2000+13
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
0800-4999 Electives in Any School or College5
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123