Departments and Programs

We Put Students First

Our 28 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

Global Vision

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.

Anthropology Department

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.