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 great preparation for a professional career in law, education, business, government and more. Learn history in the birthplace of the nation, where you’ll find exciting coursework at Temple University, administered by our internationally recognized faculty. Students can major or minor in History or pursue a bachelor’s degree with 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 Temple’s many study abroad options.

Exciting Coursework

Students majoring in History 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.

Program Overview

The major in History is designed to allow students maximum flexibility to pursue their interests, whether in particular time periods or world regions. In addition to the introductory classes and a wide range of upper-level coursework, students will build strong research, writing, communication, and analytical skills in a research and writing sequence composed of History 2001: The Historian’s Craft, History 3096: Intermediate Writing Seminar, and History 4096: Capstone Seminar in History.

The History minor is an ideal complement to other majors and programs at Temple, from medicine to journalism, computer science to finance and film to marketing. Students with a minor in History are required to take six courses totaling 18 semester hours. The six courses include two introductory courses, History 2001 and three courses above 2000. 

Degree Offerings

The University Honors Program

The University Honors Program enables History majors and minors to experience some of the most dynamic teachers, rewarding classes, and exciting research opportunities that Temple University has to offer. History students and faculty regularly participate in the University Honors Program, and the department offers honors-designated courses, including History 4934 and History 4997, which help majors and non-majors who are in the University Honors Program to meet their Honors requirements. History majors who successfully complete the requirements for the wider University Honors Program can graduate with “Honors” on their transcript.

Honors in History

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

  • Become a part of the departmental honors thesis track, the History Honors Scholars Program
  • Become a part of the University Honors Program
  • Become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society

The History Honors Scholars Program

The History Honors Scholar Program is a departmental honors thesis program that encourages and supports History majors in making the creative most of their undergraduate years.

Past participants in the program have gone on to graduate programs in history and other subjects, to law school and other forms of professional training and to a wide variety of other careers. History majors who successfully complete the History Honors Scholar Program and meet GPA requirements can also be awarded with “Distinction in History” when they graduate.

Academic Advising and Professional Development

Take full advantage of the College of Liberal Arts’ flexible curriculum with the help of our award-winning advisors. We’ll help you select a major or minor and graduate on time. Beyond academics, our advisors ensure that you have a rich experience at Temple by complementing your academic work with study abroad programs, internships and other experiential learning opportunities.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

At Temple, we believe that students from all walks of life should have access to an outstanding college education. If you need help paying for your education, you aren’t alone. Most students receive some form of financial aid to fund their education. About 69% of first-year Temple students receive need-based financial aid, and the average first-year financial aid package is about $15,000. Eligible students receive financial assistance from federal, state, private and university sources. Explore all available funding and apply early to make your college education an affordable experience.

Fly in 4

Take charge of your future and limit your debt. The Fly in 4 partnership allows you to complete your degree on time—or Temple will pay for your remaining coursework. Graduating on time means your path to success starts sooner. We provide you with the resources you need to graduate in four years, like academic advising and classes offered when you need them. You commit to doing what it takes to blaze your career path in four years.

Undergraduate Tuition

No Added Tuition Costs. That’s the promise the College of Liberal Arts makes (and keeps) to all of our incoming students. We know deciding to attend college is a big one, both in life and financially, so we're committed to keeping costs down. We're one of only three schools/colleges at Temple University that do not charge a tuition differential, so what you see is what you pay. Our priority is helping you graduate with less student debt. 

We understand that, at this phase, you are weighing all your options, and you should be! It's crucial to find the right fit for YOU and YOUR PASSIONS.

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