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About the Department

The Department of History includes over 30 faculty members, 400 History majors, and more than 100 M.A. and Ph.D. students. We train executives, lawyers, politicians, educators, preservationists, and tomorrow’s historians. Rich regional resources and acclaimed research centers ensure Temple a prominent voice in global conversations about the past.

Message from the Chair

The Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University offers a range of fascinating courses in American, African, Asian, European, and world history, taught by award-winning faculty. Dr. Ralph Young and Dr. Seth Bruggeman have each won important awards for teaching, while Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas and Dr. Beth Bailey have earned recognition for their scholarship.

As a student in the Department of History you will receive personal attention from our professors. Did you know that the average class size for our advanced-level courses is just 17 students? Our faculty and advisors will work with you to make sure you are on track to graduate on time, and to prepare you for whatever post-graduate path you are seeking.

Our students graduate with marketable skills. Your history coursework will hone your ability to read and write well – skills that nearly all employers and graduate programs value. Combining applied classroom learning with practical experience and internships gives our students a real advantage after graduation.

Recent history alumni have been accepted to graduate schools such as the University of Chicago, Princeton, and Vanderbilt, and have secured jobs in government, teaching, and at a wide variety of companies.