From the Dean

Klingler College of Arts and Sciences website

Welcome to the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences!  The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is truly the heart and soul of Marquette University.  It is here that you will experience the rich heritage of a Catholic, Jesuit education, which promises to provide you with a transformative educational experience based on academic excellence, social justice, faith, and service.   This promise is grounded in Ignation teaching methods, which challenge you to think critically, experience, and reflect on what you have learned so that you can put your knowledge into action.  We are delighted that you have chosen Marquette and the College of Arts and Sciences as your new home.

The large variety of majors and minors available in the College of Arts and Sciences is among its central strengths.  This is a place where the rich world of human experience can be examined and each discipline – from biology to sociology and math to theology – can respond to the questions of “how,” “what,” “where,” and “why.”  Your learning experiences in the classroom and laboratory, participation in extracurricular activities, and community service opportunities will prepare you not only for your career, but for a lifetime of achievement.  This requires critical thinking, creative imagination and communication skills that lie at the heart of a liberal arts education. 

To open up these opportunities for students, the College is implementing some significant changes this academic year.  We changed the college curriculum requirements and also reduced the number of credits needed for graduation to the university minimum of 120.  We are also offering new majors this fall:  Biophysics, Classics and German Studies as well as two new accelerated degree programs; a STEM-BS/MBA, one of only a few nationwide and the first in the region, and a five year BS/MS degree in Chemistry.  These changes will provide you with the freedom and flexibility to pursue your educational goals.

This is an exciting time to be at Marquette and on campus.  A campus master planning process is underway that will integrate academic, physical and financial priorities and serve as a road map for Marquette’s capital projects over the next 10 years.  The future of the University is bright, and our students are the heart of that future.

I invite you to explore the individual departments, as well as the College’s section, to learn more about the educational offerings of each program and to choose a career path from the broad range of opportunities available in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.


Richard C. Holz, Ph.D.
Dean, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences


College Mission Statement

As the heart and soul of Marquette University, the College of Arts and Sciences explores and advances understandings of human meaning and value, the structures and dynamics of human societies, and the composition and function of the natural world.

College Vision Statement

The College aspires to recruit and retain outstanding students and faculty and to equip them to accomplish significant research and scholarship, transformative teaching and learning, and committed and compassionate leadership in their professional fields and larger communities. In this way, we seek the serious intellectual engagement of faith and reason, and the education of the whole person – the rigorous, holistic exploration of the intellectual, moral and spiritual dimension of human life.

College Introduction

The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is home to over 30 undergraduate majors offered in 13 academic departments (Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Economics, which is housed jointly in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business Administration; English; Foreign Languages and Literatures; History; Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Social and Cultural Sciences; and Theology). Doctoral and/or masters programs are also offered by many departments, further enriching the research and educational activities of the college.

The bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science college curriculum requirements expose students to the major disciplines as well as the knowledge areas of rhetoric, foreign languages, mathematical reasoning, English and foreign literatures, science and nature, histories of cultures and societies, individual and social behavior, philosophy and theology.

Specialization in one or more of our majors or minors delivers technical skills and competencies on which to prepare for one’s life-work. Students have the opportunity to study with the award-winning teacher/scholars in the classroom and laboratory; engage in state-of-the-art research through undergraduate research opportunities; participate in extracurricular activities offered by a wide variety of student organizations; grapple with contemporary issues through programs offered by the Center for Ethics, the Center for Peacemaking, or the Center for Translational Justice and use their academic knowledge to interact with the community and to benefit it.

Arts and Sciences students may also wish to apply to the Honors Program which serves a select group of academically talented students from all divisions of the university. Participants in the program are provided with distinctively challenging and enriching learning experiences.

Students in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences are encouraged to incorporate service learning and international study with their curriculum at Marquette. These opportunities challenge students to find new ways to engage the community and the world with their liberal education. Study abroad programs, in particular, offer students an opportunity to integrate academic course work with firsthand knowledge of other cultures.

Taken altogether, the programs and education provided by the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences embodies the values of Marquette’s mission — excellence, faith, leadership and service. In this way the college seeks to develop students who have the ability and desire to work effectively for a more just and more humane society.