From the Dean
The students and faculty of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences form a community of scholar-learners at the heart of the University. Everything we do as a college serves to provide an intellectual environment that fosters excellence in educating the whole person: body, soul, heart and mind. Through a combination of literary, philosophical and scientific training, we seek to help students acquire a foundational body of knowledge and skills in critical thinking. This groundwork enables students to develop their powers of imagination, intellect and inquiry so that they can interact in a world of change and discovery.
Students today can expect to make multiple career changes in their lifetimes, which will require the critical thinking and communication skills that lie at the heart of a liberal arts education. In order to face increasingly rapid changes, complex challenges and new opportunities, our students will need an understanding of multiple academic disciplines and perspectives. Through their work as educators, governmental or nonprofit organization leaders, business people, scientists, health care professionals or through any other life-work they choose, our graduates will face complex issues, often with global implications. Our students will be able to draw on the skills developed in the depth of study of their chosen major and in the breadth of the College Curriculum in order to live as leaders in service to others. We offer our students a liberal arts education that provides a foundation for living an integrated life, with an appreciation for arts and literature, the fullness of the human experience and an ongoing exploration of one’s spiritual life.
I invite you to explore the individual departments, as well as the college’s section, in order to learn more about the educational offerings of each program and to choose a career path from the broad range opportunities available in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.
Rev. Philip J. Rossi, S.J., Ph.D.
Interim Dean, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
College Mission Statement
The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences forms undergraduate students in all the intellectual, moral and spiritual virtues to which their nature and their God call them, developing in them the ability to live full human lives that are responsible to the whole human community.
As a college of Marquette University, it achieves these goals in dialogue with the living traditions of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus. It is therefore dedicated to the pursuit of truth in all its forms, mainly through formal teaching and research in the humanities and the social and natural sciences, but also through caring, personal guidance of students by its faculty and staff.
Through its teaching, research and service, the college also contributes in a substantial way to the well-being of those wider communities in which it lives.
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 will 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.
College of Arts and Sciences
- Degrees Offered
- Majors and Minors Offered
- Academic Regulations
- Graduation Requirements
- College Curriculum Requirements
- BA Degree Requirements
- BS Degree Requirements
- Pre-Professional Studies
- Curricula Information
- Arts and Science Special Courses
- Biological Sciences
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Africana Studies
- Applied Mathematical Economics
- Asian Studies Minor
- Broad Field Science
- Broad Field Social Science Minor
- Catholic Studies Minor
- Environmental Ethics Minor
- Ethics Minor
- Family Studies Minor
- International Affairs
- Medieval Studies Minor
- Peace Studies
- Public History Minor
- Urban Affairs Minor
- Women's and Gender Studies
- Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
- Political Science
- Reserve Officers' Training Corps
- Social and Cultural Sciences
- Special Programs