Undergraduate

Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduate programs prepare you to enter a 21st century workforce that values critical thinking, problem-solving and effective communicating. That's why our graduates are leaders and innovators in all fields, across all industries. 

We offer 35 undergraduate majors and 36 minors and endless Philadelphia possibilities. With over 4,400 undergraduate students, you'll be in excellent company.

 

Africology and African American Studies

Learn how to succeed in a cross-cultural, interdependent world. You will think critically about the contributions Africans have made—and the challenges they have confronted—on the road to human excellence.

The minor in African American studies is designed for students interested in learning about the thought, behavior and practices of African people around the globe.

American Studies

American studies explores patterns and connections in US life. We look at the big themes, such as labor, mobility, migration, art, place, race, gender, and play.

A minor in American studies can help launch your career in journalism, business, education and other fields that are served by creative thinking that draws inspiration from more than one area.

Anthropology

Our undergraduate program explores the question: what does it mean to be human? You will learn about the ways in which people adapt to living in settings that range from urban environments to rural villages, all over the world and across time.

The BA track in visual anthropology is designed for students interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the world's varied systems of visual representation.

Our BA track in human biology will prepare you for a career in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, podiatry and other allied health fields.

We offer two minors—general anthropology and anthropology of visual communication—to undergraduate students interested in exploring the study of human origins, development and diversity.

The minor in visual communication will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of the world's varied systems of visual representation.

Arabic

The certificate of specialization in Arabic focuses on learning language skills and developing a strong foundation for the effective use of Arabic, socially and professionally.

An Arabic minor will teach you to communicate in Arabic and learn about literary and cultural traditions.

Asian Studies

A bachelor's degree in Asian studies will provide you with a broad understanding of the foundations of at least one major Asian culture—historically, culturally, socio-economically and politically.

Our certificate of specialization in Chinese offers undergraduate students the opportunity to communicate in Chinese and learn about Chinese literary and cultural traditions.

Our certificate of specialization in Japanese focuses on teaching language skills, contributing to the diverse language needs of students with personal or academic interests in Japan and its culture.

We offer a certificate program in Asian business and society that allows undergraduate students to explore international trade, economics, language and writing.

The minor in Asian American studies focuses on Asian American history, culture, and contemporary issues.

An Arabic minor will teach you to communicate in Arabic and learn about literary and cultural traditions.

Our Chinese minor will teach you the language and cultural skills necessary for a career in international business, government service or other professions where Chinese language proficiency is important.

Our minor in Japanese will teach you about Japanese literature, history, anthropology, religion and geography.

The Asian studies minor will teach you the broad foundations of at least one major Asian culture.

Chinese

The major in Chinese helps students develop language skills along with disciplinary knowledge gained in courses on Chinese literature, film, and other aspects of culture and society.

Our certificate of specialization in Chinese offers undergraduate students the opportunity to communicate in Chinese and learn about Chinese literary and cultural traditions.

Our Chinese minor will teach you the language and cultural skills necessary for a career in international business, government service or other professions where Chinese language proficiency is important.

Criminal Justice

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice will help you foster an understanding of the nature of crime, and the effectiveness and fairness of society's efforts to prevent and control it.

High-achieving undergraduates will be invited by the criminal justice faculty to apply for the BA/MA five-year program.

Our minor is designed for students interested in understanding the nature of crime, criminals and criminal law.

Economics

A major in economics will expose you to the economist's way of thinking about social problems and behavior.

Pending approval, students who wish to earn a BA and an MA in economics may do so in a combined 4+1 program.

The program provides a foundation in crucial areas of economics and the mathematical tools required for critical, deep mastery of these areas.

Our certificate program will provide you with skills that complement those acquired through a traditional liberal arts education, making you more appealing to potential employers.

The political economy certificate program will help you gain a better understanding of public policy choices, the policy-making process and how government action affects economic change. 

A minor in economics will teach you to understand basic business foundations and learn how economics affects public and personal issues.

English

We will help you become a critical and reflective reader, aware of the history and development of writing in English. English majors interested in creative writing can concentrate in it by taking one beginning workshop, an advanced workshop, and a creative writing senior seminar.

The writing certificate offers a quick path to specialization in advanced expository and professional writing, creative writing, and rhetoric.

A minor in English offers a flexible opportunity to develop concrete expertise in rich literary traditions, professional and creative writing genres, and an array of research skills.

Environmental Studies

A BA in environmental studies will help you understand the relationships between people and their environment, from local to global connections.

Training in GIS will give you the skills you need to take on advanced research positions in technology-based companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

A minor in environmental studies will teach you about the nature, causes and consequences of human interactions with their environment.

French

Develop your French reading, writing and oral communication skills, and learn about the rich cultural traditions of literature, cinema and history of one or more Francophone cultures.

We offer a foreign language certificate in French program that provides students with a foundation in the French language.

The minor in French offers undergraduate students the opportunity to communicate in French and learn about French literary and cultural traditions.

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Our bachelor’s degree program examines women, gender and sexuality in the U.S. and around the world.

Study the social, political and cultural functioning of sexuality in society with an undergraduate certificate in women's studies.

Examine and think critically about the intersections of sexuality, sex, and gender with a minor in LGBT studies.

With your minor program, you will examine the social, historical and cultural variables of women's material and cultural experiences.

Geography and Urban Studies

Gain the intellectual and methodological tools necessary to understand and address a wide range of environmental, economic, social and political challenges that are central to the well-being of billions of people around the globe.

Geographic information has become one of the lynchpins of the Information Age. The undergraduate certificate in GIS will give you the skills you need to take on advanced research positions in technology-based companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies offers a minor in geography and urban studies for students interested in exploring how space, place and scale shape the interaction between environment and society around the world.

German

Learn about the rich cultural tradition of German literature, music, theater, film and art.

Our program provides students with a foundation in the German language, including courses in conversation, reading and composition.

Our minor will teach you to communicate in German along with literary and cultural traditions.

Global Studies

Learn about the major issues that shape our lives: war and terrorism, climate change, migration, human rights, public health, economic growth and decline, religion and ideologies, fashion and music, media and technology.

We offer a minor in global studies in order to help students develop a world perspective.

Greek and Roman Classics

Our programs give students a rigorous education in the nature of language and teach them how to reason and analyze texts.

We offer two undergraduate minors: classical languages and ancient Mediterranean studies.

History

Our bachelor’s degree in history is designed for students with the curiosity to study who we are, how our world was shaped over time and how the past informs our present lives.

Our minor is designed for students with the curiosity to understand who we are and where we came from, providing unique insights and perspectives for personal and professional pursuits.

Italian

Build proficiency with an emphasis on the Italian cultural, global and national identity.

Our six-course, 20-credit certificate program teaches the fundamentals of the Italian language, as well as background on Italian culture and Italian for business.

Learn to appreciate the rich cultural tradition, perspectives and practices of the Italian-speaking world with a minor in Italian.

Latin American Studies

Learn about Latin America's art, literature and religious thought and its people have been universally recognized for their contribution to world civilization.

Our minor program focuses on the cultural study of Latin America, its contribution to world civilization and its past and present social issues. 

Liberal Arts

Our BA in liberal studies focuses on the development of critical thinking, research and communication – skills that greatly assist students in advancing any job or profession.

Neuroscience

Major in one of the most dynamic areas of science and study wide ranging topics, from molecular genetics and neural development.

The Minor in Neuroscience Research expands opportunities for Temple students to get research experience and to become more competitive in their applications to graduate and professional schools. The required courses in the Neuroscience Research Minor focus on basic neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and neuroscientific techniques. Because of some overlap in coursework, the students must choose to minor in either the Neuroscience Research or the Cognitive Neuroscience minor.

Philosophy

BA in philosophy provides a background for the further study of philosophy and builds a foundation for various professions in business, government and professional schools.

This program's four courses in ethical theory and applied ethics prepare students for ethical leadership in the professions.

Our minor in philosophy extends the breadth of students’ education and shapes their understanding of the world.

Political Science

Our bachelor's degree gives students a broad education in the study of politics.

Our minor exposes students to the study of American politics, international relations and classical and modern political thought.

Psychology

Our bachelor's degree provides a modern curriculum, ranging from biological bases of cognition and behavior to sociocultural influences on human interactions and psychological disorders.

The minor in clinical and health psychology will introduce students to the specialties in psychology that focus on understanding health and illness through the study of the interplay among psychology, biology, and environment.

The minor in cognitive neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field with a focus on a fundamental mystery of science: how the mind arises from the brain

A minor in psychology will prepare you for further academic study in the fields, of psychology, behavioral neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, cognitive psychology or psychophysiology.

Religion

Our bachelor’s degree introduces students to the major religions of the world.

Our undergraduate minor teaches students about world history and religion.

Sociology

Temple University’s Department of Sociology offers a bachelor’s degree in sociology that provides a broad sociological perspective and specific research, statistical and analytic skills.

This 18-credit program is designed for students outside sociology and is not open to sociology majors or students pursuing the health track in sociology.

We offer two minors—in sociology and the sociology of health—for students interested in exploring the sociological perspective, with an emphasis on diversity in culture, values and the human experience.

Our minor in sociology of health will help you explore a career in the health field.

Spanish

This degree includes the Spanish-language courses required for certification in Spanish for secondary education in the College of Education. It also satisfies the requirements for the Spanish major in the College of Liberal Arts.

This degree is designed for the student whose career interests focus upon the professional world. Courses in translation, medical, business and legal Spanish form the foundation for this track.

This degree is designed for students who wish to develop advanced language skills in the study of Spanish and Latin American literature, peninsular literature and Linguistics.

Participate in an immersion program that combines intensive Spanish study with a focus on geography, history and culture in Latin America, culminating in a three-week trip to Costa Rica.

This certification is for students who want to advance their language proficiency in Spanish and advance their career opportunities in business, communication, government and social service. 

This certificate combines the study of the Spanish language and Latin American societies to focus on the development of communicative skills, vocabulary and communication strategies for business.

We train students to deliver health and social services to the community in Spanish and English.

A Portuguese minor will help you to acquire bilingual written and oral communication skills, learn problem solving competencies and gain real-world experience

A Spanish minor will help you to acquire bilingual written and oral communication skills, learn problem solving competencies and gain real-world experience