From the Dean

Klingler College of Arts and Sciences website

Welcome! The Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is truly the heart and soul of Marquette University. It’s here that you will experience the rich heritage of a Catholic, Jesuit education that promises to provide you with a transformative educational experience based on academic excellence, social justice, faith and service. We inspire students to grow in their ability to think critically and to express themselves; to wrestle with some of life’s biggest questions; and to develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. 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. Within these majors are where great things await. The classes you take provide avenues for you to ask about the most important issues in life and the most remarkable things in the world. Your classrooms are where the rich world of human experience can be examined in each discipline – from biology to sociology to computer science and theology – and allow you to contemplate the questions of “how,” “what,” “where,” and “why.” These learning experiences, along with participation in extracurricular activities including community service prepare you not only for your career, but for a lifetime of achievement. 

The college is continually looking for ways to provide a transformative educational experience to our students and this fall we are introducing two new majors: Applied Physics and Cognitive Science. We also are adding two new accelerated degree programs in History and Spanish. Accelerated degree programs allow students to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in a five-year period. We encourage you to explore all of the incredible learning opportunities available at Marquette that take place outside the classroom, such as field experiences, faculty mentored independent research, service-learning, internships and study abroad programs – all of which lead to an integrative and active learning environment.

It is an exciting time to be at Marquette and in the College of Arts and Sciences!  There are some new developments on the horizon and the university's first major construction project is underway. A new residence hall named for our own Father Robert Wild, S.J., involves a committee of students working closely with university architects on the building’s overall design. 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.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

As the heart and soul of Marquette University and in the pursuit of social justice, the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences values the diversity of all people in regard to their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexuality, religious tradition, socioeconomic status, ability, age, language, and nationality. As a college we are committed to the recruitment and retention of students, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds by creating and sustaining an environment that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive. Members of the college demonstrate our active commitment to diversity in teaching, advising, research and all other college activities that engage issues of import to local, national, and global communities. We promote diversity through interdisciplinary work that supports a culture of learning, social justice, and respect for human dignity. We encourage action based on these ideals. This commitment contributes to the promotion of excellence and the development of future leaders dedicated to the service of others.