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.

More Than Just Studying the Past

Using rigorous standards of evidence, historians tell meaningful stories about the past. In-depth historical study gives students important tools for understanding contemporary issues affecting their own lives as well as local, national and global events. The College of Liberal Arts' Department of History includes over 30 faculty members, 400 History majors and more than 100 MA and PhD students. We train tomorrow's executives, lawyers, politicians, educators, preservationists and historians. Rich regional resources and acclaimed research centers ensure Temple University a prominent voice in global conversations about the past.


Department of History

908 Gladfelter Hall 
1115 W. Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Department Chair

Jay Lockenour
909 Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-7437


Maggie Cogswell
1008A Gladfelter Hall
(215) 204-9209