The College of Professional Studies builds on the foundational educational experience provided by Marquette’s Core of Common Studies. It does this through a college curriculum that amplifies and deepens the knowledge, skills and values imparted to students in the nine knowledge areas of the Common Core, and by offering students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge and skills in a variety of undergraduate majors and minors. The College of Professional Studies thereby extends the student’s Core of Common Studies experiences, and focuses further learning in pursuit of a specialized degree.

Working from the principles set forth in the Core of Common Studies the College of Professional Studies provides an educational environment — through advising, instruction, curriculum and assessment programs – for a diverse population of adult students marked by excellence, faith, leadership and service. Students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies complete the requisite 36 credit hours in the nine knowledge areas plus an additional 15-24 credits as follows:

University Common Core and College Curriculum Requirements

Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following requirements:

Area Credit Hours
University Core of Common Studies36
College of Professional Studies Curriculum15-24
Major30-35
Electives25-39

University Core of Common Studies (UCCS)

Examining the World:

  • 6 credits Rhetoric (R)
  • 3 credits Mathematical Reasoning (MR)

Engaging the World:

  • 3 credits Diverse Cultures (DC)
  • 3 credits Histories of Cultures and Societies (HCS)
  • 3 credits Individual and Social Behavior (ISB)
  • 3 credits Literature/Performing Arts (LPA)
  • 3 credits Science and Nature (SN)

Evaluating the World:

  • 6 credits Human Nature and Ethics (HNE)
  • 6 credits Theology (T)

Note: Consult the Core of Common Studies website for an updated list of approved core courses.

The College of Professional Studies offers the following courses in the eight-week format to complete University Core of Common Studies. 

Rhetoric (R) (6 credit hours)

All students must complete six credit hours of coursework in the Rhetoric knowledge area. The specific courses that all College of Professional Studies students need to complete this requirement are:

ENGL 1001Rhetoric and Composition 1 *3
ENGL 1002Rhetoric and Composition 2 *3
History of Cultures and Societies (HCS) (3 credit hours)

All students must complete three credit hours of coursework in the History of Cultures and Societies knowledge area. Other courses may also fulfill the 3 credit hour history requirement; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies. Generally students in the College of Professional Studies complete the History of Cultures and Societies requirement with the following history courses that are offered in the eight-week format.

HIST 1001Growth of Western Civilization to 1715 *3
HIST 1002Growth of Western Civilization since 1715 *3
Literature/Performing Arts (LPA) (3 credit hours)

All students must complete three credit hours of coursework in the Literature/Performing Arts knowledge area. Other courses may also fulfill the 3 credit hour literature and performing arts requirement; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies. Generally students in the College of Professional Studies complete the Literature/Performing Arts requirement with the following literature courses that are offered in the eight-week format.

ENGL 2000Literature, History, and Culture *3
ENGL 2010Literature and Genre *3
Mathematical Reasoning (MR) (3 credit hours)

All students must complete three credit hours of coursework in the Mathematical Reasoning knowledge area. Other course may fulfill the 3 credit hour mathematical reasoning requirement; however, this option is offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies.  Note: Students enrolled in the psychology major must enroll in PSYC 2001 Psychological Measurements and Statistics (4 credit hours) to fulfill the mathematical reasoning requirement.

PRST 2140Research and Statistical Methods *3
Science and Nature (SN) (3 credit hours)

All students must complete three credit hours of coursework in the Science and Nature knowledge area. Generally students in the College of Professional Studies complete the Science and Nature requirement with PRST 1120 Aspects of Modern Science* that is offered in the eight-week format. Other natural science courses may also fulfill the required 3 credit hours; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies.

Human Nature and Ethics (HNE) (6 credit hours)

All students must complete PHIL 1001 Philosophy of Human Nature* and PHIL 2310 Theory of Ethics*.

Individual and Social Behavioral (ISB) (3 credit hours)

All students must complete three credit hours of coursework in the Individual and Social Behavior knowledge area. Other courses may also fulfill the 3 credit hour individual and social behavior requirement; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies. Generally students in the College of Professional Studies complete the Individual and Social Behavior requirement with the following social science courses that are offered in the eight-week format.

Choose one of the following courses3
PSYC 1001General Psychology *3
SOCI 1001Principles of Sociology *3
CRLS 1001Introduction to Criminology *3
Theology (T) (6 credit hours)

All students must complete THEO 1001 Introduction to Theology* and one second level UCCS approved theology course for a total of six credit hours. THEO 2400 Christian Discipleship* is suggested as a second level theology selection and is offered in the eight-week format. Other second level UCCS approved theology courses may also fulfill the remaining 3 credit hours; however, these options are not offered through the eight-week format in the College of Professional Studies.

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Courses fulfill University Core of Common Studies as well as college curriculum.

College Curriculum

Leadership Skills Courses (9 credit hours)

LEOR 2050Leading Teams and Groups3
LEOR 2100History and Theories of Leadership3
LEOR 3160Systems Thinking3
Total Credit Hours9

Foundational and Communication Skills Courses (6 - 15 credit hours)

PRST 1001Foundations of Learning *3
PRST 1005Fundamentals of College Reading and Writing *3
PRST 1010Foundations of Research Writing *3
PRST 2110Principles of Liberal Studies3
CMST 3210Business and Professional Presentations3

*Courses have been designed to enhance educational success strategies and acclimation to the demands of current college reading, writing, and research skills that emphasize critical thinking.  Students may be required to complete one or more of these courses as a condition of enrollment upon recommendation of the admission committee.