History Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts undergraduate history degree majors are bound together by a common curiosity about who we are, how our world was shaped over time, and how the past informs our present lives. Being a history major is also a great preparation for a professional career in the fields of law, education, business, government and more. So come learn history in the birthplace of the nation, where you’ll find exciting coursework at Temple University, administered by our internally recognized faculty. Students can major or minor in history and even achieve honors.

The Cradle Of American History And Its Global Connections

Our home, Philadelphia, is a terrific place to study history — not only of the city and its remarkable past, but of the world as well. Our courses take advantage of Philly’s exciting past and our major allows students to take advantage of the many study abroad options available at Temple.

Exciting Coursework

Our majors take rigorous courses in subjects such as Dissent in America, The History of Nazi Germany, the History of Philadelphia, Immigration and the American Dream, and Cold War Africa. We have faculty experts in urban history, Asian history, military history, diplomacy, imperialism, the environment, and many other fields.

Internationally Recognized Faculty

Our faculty members are both world-renowned scholars and award-winning teachers.

BA in History

NEED A DESCRIPTION ABOUT BENEFITS OF THIS DEGREE, NOT COURSE REQUIREMENTS The history major consists of a step approach. Courses numbered 0800 through 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.

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Minor in History

NEED A DESCRIPTION ABOUT BENEFITS OF THIS DEGREE, NOT COURSE REQUIREMENTS A History minor is an ideal complement to other majors and programs at Temple, from medicine to journalism, from computer science to finance, from film to marketing. Students with a minor in history are required to take six (6) courses totaling eighteen (18) semester hours. Of the six courses, at least two (2) must be numbered 2000 or above and at least one course (1) must be numbered 3000 or above.

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Honors in History

There are three ways to enhance your History degree by achieving honors within the major:

  • Become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national History honors society
  • Become part of the History Honors Scholar program
  • Complete the requirements for Distinction in Major

Through mentoring, university research funding, and scholarly events, the History Honors Scholar Program (founded in 2004) encourages and supports History majors in making the creative most of their undergraduate years.

History Honors Scholars explore topics of their own choosing, conduct exciting research, and are guided by outstanding faculty in the History Department to produce works of true scholarship. History Honors students get an early start in their plans for graduate or professional schools and develop the analytic and research skills necessary for success in those post-graduate programs. These skills are indispensable for any career in the public sphere and further develop information literacy learned during matriculation in the General Education requirement.

Application Requirements

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 website. You should apply as soon as you are eligible so that you have maximum flexibility in scheduling the required coursework. Make an appointment to meet with the Director of the History Honors Scholar Program for advice on completing the application and to discuss your intellectual interests.

Program Requirements

Students in the program take six courses (18 credits), including Historiography and Research Methods (4934), the Honors Thesis Seminar (“Capstone”)(4997) and four upper-level Honors electives (any department). One of those electives can be an Honors Independent Study (4982) if the student’s thesis needs more work. 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 Thesis Seminar (4997) 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.

Program Activities

Graduating students in the Honors Program participate in an Honors Symposium in the late spring of their graduating year. At the symposium students will present a ten-minute long synopsis of their Honors Thesis to the community of History Majors and faculty. The presentations describe their thesis journey: how they formulated their thesis problem, what kinds of sources they used to investigate their problem, and their reflections on their arguments and findings.

Funding and Support

Honors Students can apply for financial support to cover research related activities, such as visits to archives, travel to present scholarly papers etc., up to $2,000 through the Undergraduate Research Incentive Fund. There are also funds available in the Diamond Research Scholars program. Honors students are also encouraged to submit their completed thesis to the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research.

Social Events

The History Department will host an HONORS box lunch at the opening of each semester to encourage the growth of a vibrant community of undergraduate scholars.

Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a national History Honors Society that is open to both history majors and non-majors who have completed more than 12 credits in history and achieved a history GPA of 3.25 and a cumulative GPA of 3.1. To join Phi Alpha Theta you DO NOT need to participate in the History Honors Scholars Program. For information, contact the Phi Alpha Theta advisor, Dr. Monica Ricketts, mrickett@temple.edu.

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