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Students at CLA enjoy a small, liberal arts college experience within Temple’s premier research university setting. Classes are taught primarily in seminar style, with most no larger than 17 students. The college hosts 34 major programs, 36 minor programs and 20 certificate options on main campus.

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School of Environmental Design

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580 Meetinghouse Road
Ambler, PA 19002

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African American Studies

Training in African American Studies provides the foundation and tools needed to succeed in an increasingly cross-cultural and interdependent world. Faculty and students engage in critical discourse about issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and culture across a great expanse of time and geographical space—from the perspective of African people as both agents and subjects of experience. We cultivate students’ abilities to think critically, write clearly, argue persuasively, and problem solve effectively.

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1115 Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, Room 810
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts
Minor

Graduate

Master of Arts
Ph.D.

American Studies

American Studies is an exciting, interdisciplinary major and minor that brings together history, English, art, political science, geography and urban studies, and criminal justice. American studies majors and minors take a remarkably wide range of courses, from foundational courses in American biography and work, museums and material culture, and photography to more advanced courses in Philadelphia neighborhoods and mass media and American popular culture.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 811
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Minor, Asian American Studies

Anthropology

Anthropologists study humans from four major perspectives. Cultural anthropology focuses on understanding the complex patterns of social behavior of people who live in different societies around the world. Archaeology is concerned with understanding societies that existed in the past. Linguistic anthropology studies how language reflects and influences society and social life. Biological anthropology explores the biological characteristics of living people, and examines biological changes and diversity in ancient human ancestors. At CLA, there is sufficient flexibility in the requirements for the general anthropology major that students can focus their coursework on any one of the four sub-fields.

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1115 West Berks Street
Gladfelter Hall, second floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Concentration, Human Biology

Concentration, Visual Anthropology

Minor, General Anthropology

Minor, Visual Anthropology

Graduate

Ph.D.

Asian Studies

This program draws on the resources of many departments to provide a comprehensive study of Asia. Students may concentrate on a geographic area, field, or theme(s). By combining language with the study of politics, history, society, art, religion and philosophy, and literature, students can construct a major tailored to individual interests.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 811
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor, Asian Studies

Minor, Asian American Studies

Certificate, Asian Business and Society

Creative Writing

The Temple Graduate Creative Writing Program awards a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in English–Creative Writing, with a focus in either fiction or poetry. The program encourages writers to find their own voices and to hone their own approaches to contemporary literature and language. Through workshops and private manuscript tutorials with our resident faculty, students gain technique and self-confidence as they move into the competitive world of submissions to journals and book publishers.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 1020
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Graduate

Master of Fine Arts

Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University is one of the leading research and policy-oriented criminology and criminal justice programs in the country. It features world-renowned scholars who are experts in multiple fields, including criminal law, criminology, psychology, sociology, geography, history, and research methods. An internship program provides students with real-world experience at most city agencies.

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1115 Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, 5th floor
Philadelphia PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Critical Languages

Critical Languages students lean the value of feeling at home in the world by cultivating not just language skills but cultural knowledge.The department offers a wide range of language and culture courses featuring faculty members who are experienced language-teaching specialists in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, and Korean. These scholars expose students to the cultures of China, Japan, and the Arabic-speaking world through an exciting array of literature and film courses taught in English. The popular minor and certificate programs complement most majors at the university.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 332
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090

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Undergraduate

Minor, Arabic

Minor, Chinese

Minor, Japanese

Certificate, Arabic

Certificate, Chinese

Certificate, Japanese

Economics

More than 20 full-time faculty members provide a program of study that fosters intellectual growth, employing the analytical tools of the discipline to help resolve the social problems of our time. Economics emphasize using an orderly way of thinking about – and solving – problems that arise from having to make choices in situations that are beyond an individual’s direct experience. In business, that common framework is the economic decision-making framework.

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1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Ritter Annex, Room 873
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts,  Mathematical Economics

Minor, Economics

Certificate, Political Economy

Certificate, Management Career

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

English

Home to a thriving undergraduate major, a rich M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, and a selective Ph.D. program, the department is home to extraordinary, prize-winning faculty, excellent students, and a diverse curriculum. The English Department also oversees the First Year Writing Program, a year-long sequence designed to introduce Temple University students to academic discourse.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Concentration, Creative Writing

Minor

Certificate, Writing

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary degree granted by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies. Students graduate with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues.

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1115 Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, Room 308
Philadelphia PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

French, German, Italian and Slavic

The department offers 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. The department also offers literature, film and culture courses taught in foreign languages as well as in English. Faculty members work individually with students on career development, identifying career and internship opportunities.

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1114 West Berks Street
Anderson Hall, Room 525
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts, French

Bachelor of Arts, German

Bachelor of Arts, Italian

Minor, French

Minor, Italian

Minor, German

Certificate, Italian

Certificate, German

Geography and Urban Studies

Departmental programs revolve around four primary themes: Social Justice, Globalization, Sustainability, and Geographic Methods. Students master leading geographic technologies and methods, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Satellite Remote Sensing, and Cartography, as well as program evaluation, environmental impact assessment, and qualitative methods.

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1115 Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, Room 308
Philadelphia PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Double Major with College of Education

Certificate, Travel and Tourism

Certificate, Geography of Tourism

Certificate, Geography of Sports Rec. & Tourism Planning

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Greek and Roman Classics

Classics is an interdisciplinary major involving languages, history, literature, philosophy, archaeology, and art. Students may major in Classical Languages and Literatures or in Classical Civilizations. Award-winning faculty members hold numerous international research fellowships and work one-on-one with undergraduate students. The study of Greek and Roman Classics gives students a rigorous education in the nature of Ancient Greek and Latin languages, in the skills of close reading and textual analysis, and in historical reasoning.

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1114 West Berks Street
Anderson Hall, Room 321
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Concentration, Classical Languages & Literature

Concentration, Classical Civilizations

Minor

Minor, Ancient Mediterranean Studies

History

The History Department is a vibrant community of more than 30 faculty members, undergraduate majors, and  M.A. and Ph.D. students. Rich regional resources, acclaimed teachers and scholars, and renowned research centers ensure a prominent voice in global conversations about the past. Students graduate with skills that employers look for most often: the ability to write clearly, the ability to articulate themselves verbally, and the ability to find answers and solve problems.

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1115 Polett Walk Street
Gladfelter Hall, Room 908
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Intellectual Heritage / Mosaic

The Intellectual Heritage Program offers courses that allow students to engage with complex and historically significant texts in order to build strong communication skills and intellectual curiosity. The programs offered in IH – Mosaic I and II - are part of Temple University’s General Education Curriculum.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 214
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Jewish Studies

The program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Jews, Jewishness, and Judaism. Faculty members are culled from across the College of Liberal Arts and – together – represent the diversity of approaches to and topics within the field of Jewish Studies.

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1114 W. Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Concentration, History

Concentration, Religion

Minor

Certificate, Jewish Secular Studies

Latin American Studies

An interdisciplinary major, Latin American Studies cross-lists courses with complementary departments including History, Political Science and Anthropology. Along with a required proficiency in either Spanish or Portuguese, students may also study an indigenous language of Latin America. The program allows students to develop language skills and to conduct research Latin American life and culture.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 811
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Minor, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LGBT)

Certificate, Latin American Studies Semester

Master of Liberal Arts

The core of the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) degree entails a broad range of interdisciplinary courses that draw from such areas as cultural studies, philosophy, American studies, media/film studies, sociology, women’s studies, psychology, journalism, and political science. Students also have the opportunity to take courses from a variety of graduate programs across the College of Liberal Arts and elsewhere at the university. The program can be tailored to each student’s particular interests, and students are encouraged to develop an individual focus based on their personal, academic, and professional objectives.

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 811
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Graduate

Master of Arts

Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity

The Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity program and the Center for Neuroscience span a variety of disciplinary approaches — from brain and nervous system structure, function, evolutionary history, development, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and pathology to brain and nervous system relationships to cognition, emotion and other behaviors and to the cultural, social, and environmental forces that shape brain function.

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Science

Minor

Certificate

Philosophy

The Philosophy Department offers undergraduates major and minor degrees as well as a separate pre-law track with related internships and a specific capstone course. Students study works of particular philosophers like Kant as well as schools of philosophy like empiricism. They tackle philosophical topics related to art, medical ethics, existentialism and feminism.

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728 Anderson Hall
1114 W. Berks Street
Philadelphia PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Political Science

An integrated curriculum provides students with opportunities to deepen their knowledge in several areas,
including American politics, political theory, comparative politics, and international relations. The department features a rigorous and flexible curriculum that engages students at all levels. In addition to the more than 100 regular lecture and seminar courses offered every year, the department is a pioneer in active-learning programs, including local initiatives in Philadelphia, semester internship programs in Harrisburg and Washington, and other study abroad programs.

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1115 Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, Room 409
Philadelphia PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Psychology

The Psychology Department was recently ranked among the top programs in the United States based on faculty research specifically in the areas of clinical, developmental, and neuroscience research.  The department offers a vast array of undergraduate courses and research opportunities.

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1701 North 13th Street
Weiss Hall, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Minor, Cognitive Neuroscience

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Religion

Founded in 1962 as one of the first religion departments ever established at a public university, the department’s mission has always been global and culturally pluralistic in its scope, and so our faculty consists of scholars with expertise in a wide range of religious traditions and methodological approaches to the study of religion. The faculty and course offerings provide an introduction to the major religions of the world, with an emphasis upon the comparison of traditions and their encounter with one another. Instruction is offered in African and African American religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Daoism.

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1114 W. Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Sociology

The sociology major prepares students for many careers and graduate programs by providing them with a broad sociological perspective and specific research, statistical, and analytical skills. Sociology students study human group interaction, institutions, and societal values and norms through courses in contemporary social issues, social movements, family, urban life, health and health care, organizations, political life, law, race, class, and gender.

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1115 West Polett Walk
Gladfelter Hall, Room 713
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Minor, Sociology of Health

Certificate, Health Research

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Spanish and Portuguese

The department offers courses in literature, linguistics, culture, translation, business and medical Spanish. Students are prepared to succeed in a pluralistic, globalized society through more than rigorous language training. THey also hone analytical skills, communication techniques and firsthand experience applying their knowledge to the world around them.

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Anderson Hall 4th Floor
1114 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts, Language, Literature, and/or Linguistics

Bachelor of Arts, Language and Professional Studies

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish for Education

Minor, Spanish

Minor, Portuguese

Certificate, Specialization in Multilingual Business and Government Studies

Certificate, Specialization in Spanish

Certificate, Specialization in Spanish and Latin American Studies for Business

Certificate, Specialization in Spanish and Latino Studies for the Health and Human Services Professions

Graduate

Master of Arts

Ph.D.

Women’s Studies

Women’s Studies offers a cohesive framework of inquiry for the examination of women, gender, and sexuality as they relate to other social categories including race, class, disability, nationality, and ethnicity in the United States and around the world. At the core of Temple University’s Women’s Studies program is an interdisciplinary examination of the social, historical, and cultural roots of gender identity and gender equality and inequality. The program is committed to a feminist analysis of how gender and sexuality are ubiquitously intertwined with structures of power and inequality, and how they relate to other systems of privilege and oppression, especially racism and class exploitation. The department is also home to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program, which analyzes gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation as they are understood by various disciplines and in cross-cultural perspectives. 

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1114 Polett Walk
Anderson Hall, Room 811
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Arts

Minor

Certificate, Women’s Studies

Graduate

Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies