Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies (SVPUS)
The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies (SVPUS) is responsible for undergraduate programs and academic affairs at Temple University. Serving both students and faculty, we are dedicated to undergraduate teaching and learning.
Undergraduate Studies ensures that the undergraduate curriculum meets university standards and supports our academic mission. We help to design and implement new programs, and innovative uses of information technology in teaching, and we are stewards of university academic policy concerning undergraduates.
The Office also collaborates with faculty curriculum committees on the undergraduate General Education Curriculum. Providing an array of curricular services -- the Bulletin, DARS, Course Descriptions, we work to improve access to information about undergraduate programs and information systems that support our programs.
The SVPUS oversees the offices and centers listed below. To find out more about any of these offices or to contact one of these offices directly, please use the contact information or links provided.
ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER
The Academic Resource Center serves many types of students: 1) University Studies - degree-seeking students who have not yet declared a major including pre-health information management students. 2) Continuing Studies students are non-degree students - meaning they are not currently enrolled in a degree program at Temple. 3) Students in Transition - Students not quite sure of their academic path including students undeclared in other schools or colleges and students considering changing their major.
1810 Liacouras Walk. First Floor, Suite 101
The Main Campus office of Continuing Studies serves a wide variety of students, including adults returning to school for undergraduate or graduate courses; professionals updating their skills; students taking courses to meet admissions requirements for graduate or professional schools; visiting students; and students taking courses for personal enrichment. Our Continuing Studies advisors are happy to guide you through the process of enrolling in Temple courses on a non-degree basis.
1810 Liacouras Walk, First Floor, Suite 101
DIVISION OF UNIVERSITY STUDIES
Recognizing that not all students can or should declare an academic major upon entering college, Temple University established the Division of University Studies (DUS) — the academic home for students who have not yet decided on a school/college or major and for students in transition within the University. Students in pre-health professions programs (pre-nursing and pre-health information management) are also served by DUS.
University Studies is not a degree-granting college. Rather it is an academic unit which exists to help students explore academic options. All students must declare a major in one of Temple’s degree-granting undergraduate schools and colleges upon completion of 60 credits, including any credits transferred from other institutions. Pre-health professions students may remain in the Division until acceptance to the College of Health Professions or declaration of an alternative academic program of study. Students searching for new majors following a compulsory change of major from their former school or college may also be advised and supported in DUS. Housed in the Academic Resource Center (ARC), DUS shares advising space and resources with Continuing Studies (CS), the Main Campus point of contact for non-matriculated students.
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 101
GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (GenEd)
The GenEd Program at Temple University consists of a vast array of newly designed courses in nine (9) specific areas. Students must successfully complete courses in the GenEd Program as they work toward their undergraduate degree. GenEd courses engage you to hone your fundamental academic skills. From critical thinking to oral and written communication skills, GenEd courses help deepen your intellectual development. The content materials of GenEd courses also challenge you to reflect, react, and respond to the world around you. The foundational courses are taken during the freshman and sophomore year and these include the areas: Analytical Reading & Writing, Quantitative Literacy, and Mosaic I & II. The Breath courses can be taken in the following areas: Arts, Human Behavior, Race & Diversity, World Society, Science & Technology, and U.S. Society. As an enhancement to your GenEd experience at Temple we provide you with the “PEX (Philadelphia Experience) Passport.” The “Passport” presents you with the opportunity to have a more culturally-enriching connection to the Greater Philadelphia region.
Istvan L. Varkonyi, Director
500 Conwell Hall
MATH AND SCIENCE RESOURCE CENTER (MSRC)
The Math and Science Resource Center (MSRC) offers FREE tutorial assistance to all students enrolled in any core mathematics, science or statistics course. A visit to the MSRC Web site links students with hours of operation, tutoring schedules by subject and additional resources available for student use.
Mona Zaoudeh, Director
1810 Liacouras Walk - Rooms 201 & 208
OFFICE OF PRE-PROFESSIONAL HEALTH STUDIES
The Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies (OPPHS) provides advising, application support and educational assistance for students interested in preparing for a career in the following health-care profession: Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, and Veterinary Medicine as well as general advising support for students interested in graduate programs for Physician's Assistant, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. The Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies also coordinates admission to the Health Scholars Program, the Accelerated Options (3+4) programs to the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Podiatry, and the Accelerated Option (3+3) Doctor of Physical Therapy program in the College of Health Professions.
Neida Perez, Director
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100
Through a curriculum offered by the Temple Department of Military Science, qualified full-time students can earn a commission as an Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard Officer, while concurrently satisfying academic requirements for a baccalaureate or graduate degree. Interested students not convinced that a career in the military is right for them can also learn more about how The Army of the United States selects and trains its future leaders and conducts operations on a day-to-day basis.
James Castelli, Lieutenant Colonel
Ritter Hall, Lower Level
215.204.7480 or 7482
RUSSELL CONWELL CENTER (RCC)
The Russell Conwell Center (RCC) is a comprehensive academic and learning center that enables students to maximize their university experience, achieve academic success, enhance or develop strong leadership skills and prepare for their future careers. The RCC is committed to help support enter and excel in college, attain their undergraduate degree, and enroll in graduate school (if that is your goal).
Michael Stokes, Director
1700 North Broad Street - Room 203
NANCY & DONALD RESNICK ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES (RAC)
The RAC monitors the academic progress of all student athletes. From the admissions stage through graduation, the center provides coordination of academic services, academic counseling, advising, and tutoring to all Temple University student athletes. The center has a strong commitment to the education and graduation of all student athletes.
Justin Miller, Director
1800 N. Broad Street
Pearson Hall 103
SCHOLAR DEVELOPMENT AND FELLOWSHIPS ADVISING
The Office of Scholar Development and Fellowships Advising provides support and guidance to Temple students who wish to apply for merit-based scholarships and fellowships. Our services are open to any student, regardless of college, major or year. We work intensively with high-achieving students to develop the skills and experiences that will strengthen their potential for success, identify opportunities, and produce polished application materials.
Dana Dawson, Program Director
Suite 201, Tuttleman Learning Center (The Writing Center)
UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM
The Honors Program at Temple University serves academically talented students. The program features small classes, great teachers, one-on-one academic advising, and unique experiences from freshman through senior year. We appreciate that the typical Honors student is quite atypical. We've got politicians, artists, scientists, engineers, historians, dancers, educators, skateboarders, photographers, architects, rock-climbers, and athletes. We help students realize their personal boundaries, and then challenge them, creating careers out of their dreams. Honors is right in the thick of it, and we know all about the wonderful connections a major research university like Temple has to offer: community service, internships, scholarships, sports, entertainment and study abroad opportunities.
Ruth Ost, Director
The Writing Center offers a variety of services designed to support Temple students in their writing. The most important of these services is one-on-one tutoring, and it is available to undergraduate and graduate students across the curriculum. Tutoring is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment, and e-mail tutoring is available through our Web site. In addition, the Writing Center offers in-class writing workshops: at an instructor's request, we will make a presentation to his or her class tailored to meet the needs of that group.
Lori Salem, Director
Tuttleman Learning Center, Room 201