Departments and Programs

We Put Students First

Our wide array of academic departments and programs offer students a variety of dynamic courses, research opportunities, options for experiential learning and internship possibilities.

College of Liberal Arts students and faculty share a special bond. Our student to faculty ratio is 11:1, which means you'll get more one-on-one time than anywhere else.


Africology and African American Studies

The College of Liberal Arts' Department of Africology and African American Studies presents students with an ongoing synthesis of the best research and scholarship on historical, cultural, scientific and economic issues confronting African people. Students gain and expand a new worldview based on the African diaspora and African American experiences. With people of African descent living across the globe, and the Department of Africology and African American Studies exposes students to their diversity of racial, national, ethnic and social issues.

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.


Temple University's Department of Anthropology offers programs of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels that help students hone marketable skills—including formulating hypotheses, developing research programs and proposals and applying theories to the interpretation of data. 

Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Studies offers undergraduate minors and certificates of language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese and Japanese. We also offer instruction in Hebrew, Hindi and Korean.

Asian Studies

Asian Studies draws on the resources of many departments to provide a comprehensive program of study on Asia (especially East Asia). Majors may concentrate on a geographic area, field, or theme(s). By combining language with the study of politics, history, society, art, religion, philosophy, and literature, each student can construct a major tailored to his or her individual interests. The curriculum gives students a foundation for living or working in Asia, or continuing their studies through developing a knowledge base, cross-cultural sensitivity, analytic thinking, and communication and writing skills in English and Asian languages.

Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to deepening our understanding of crime, governance and social justice.


The Department of Economics provides a rigorous training that is valuable in the competitive labor market and a strong basis for graduate studies in business, law and the social sciences.


The Department of English teaches students to read and write with clarity, precision and imagination by exploring linguistic practices and literary traditions in Britain, the United States and the English speaking world - with added attention to film, video and photography. English majors and minors acquire analytical and writing skills that can support a wide range of careers in cultural, financial and governmental institutions, as well non-government and profit organizations. A concentration in English can not only lead to advanced study in English literature and other academic fields, but can also prepare students to enter arts and public administration, business, law and politics, where their skills stand to make a difference.

French, German, Italian and Slavic Languages

We offer a full array of language courses to serve students at all levels of proficiency, from those who are planning to study a language for the first time to those who are already fluent in one or more languages.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies degree programs, certificates and minors welcome students interested in an intersectional approach to gender, sexuality, race and other key identities and the consequences these intersections have in people’s lives. Our courses range from foundations in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies to gender violence to LGBTQ activism and theory. As an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Liberal Arts, we explore the many variables that contribute to women's experience as a social group, gender as an analytical category and the social, political and cultural functioning of sexuality.

Geography and Urban Studies

The Department of Geography and Urban Studies teaches students how to comprehend and overcome environmental, political, social and economic challenges affecting our rapidly urbanizing world. Our students land competitive, meaningful jobs upon graduation in high-growth sectors including the geospatial technology industry.

Greek and Roman Classics

Students in the Department of Greek and Roman Classics study the cultures and languages of two major civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean world with award-winning faculty.


The College of Liberal Arts' Department of History teaches students skills useful for any career, like high-level critical thinking, wide-ranging analytical skills and great writing. Our students learn to master large amounts of information, conduct in-depth research, contextualize evidence from a variety of sources and craft powerful written and oral arguments. These strengths are a foundation for lifelong learning, civic engagement and successful careers.

Intellectual Heritage

Studying the humanities is paramount to any well-rounded college education. At Temple University, the College of Liberal Arts' Intellectual Heritage program is a pair of core humanities courses that all Temple undergraduates take. Students closely read fine works of literature from both the ancient and modern world, expanding their worldview and introducing them to college-level research and analysis skills.


What is knowledge? Reality? Existence? Morality? The College of Liberal Arts' Department of Philosophy pursues answers to the nature of these questions, conducting research and teaching courses to form theoretical knowledgebases. By formulating these theories, our students and faculty uncover insights into modern life in a globally connected information age.

Political Science

The Department of Political Science's students do more than study politics—they actively participate in it. From the College of Liberal Arts' Capital Semester in Harrisburg to a course where you intern on a real campaign, our program is ideal for students ready to get to work from day one.


The Department of Psychology has a threefold mission: to answer questions on the cutting edge of psychology research; to provide training to undergraduate and graduate students in the broad fields of psychology; and to provide individuals and the community with psychological services based on the best current practices in psychology.


The College of Liberal Arts' Department of Religion takes a scholarly approach to studying the world's major religions. The department studies not just the tenants of these religions, but how and why they came to be and what their impact is on everything from people's faiths to societal norms, historical developments and international relations.


How do societies develop and function and how are they structured? These are the central questions that sociology asks. The Department of Sociology at the College of Liberal Arts continually endeavors to find better answers to these questions, empowering its students and faculty to contribute to positive societal developments.

Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portguese students study the cultural, historical, literary and linguistic aspects of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds in order to navigate a complex, increasingly globalized world with strong critical thinking and communication skills.