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Klingler College of Arts and Sciences website


I recently attended a Marquette awards ceremony where our president, Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., described the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences as the “heart and soul of our academic enterprise.” Our college encourages students to grow in their ability to think critically and to express themselves. This is where you will wrestle with life’s biggest questions and develop a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. While you will take in many intellectual experiences, one take away stands out as the greatest work that occurs here – the transformation of students’ lives.

The Marquette community is committed to developing each individual’s full potential across the entire range of human experience. And, there is no better place for that potential to begin taking shape than in the arts and sciences. You will experience a series of core classes to enhance your literary, philosophical and scientific training, and be assured that you will acquire a foundational body of knowledge and skills in critical thinking. As we state in our new university strategic plan, our vision is to reach beyond traditional academic boundaries and embrace new and collaborative methods of teaching, learning, research and service in an inclusive environment that supports all of our members in reaching their fullest potential.

Marquette’s students, faculty, staff and alumni live out a deep commitment to serving others while promoting solidarity and the common good. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, we have a special responsibility to contribute to needed solutions for urgent problems. That is why you will see our faculty researching such important areas as autism, traumatic brain injuries and health care information technology. We are constantly seeking solutions to the world’s most pressing problems and continuing the search for answers to life’s deepest questions.

And, as for your future career, our Career Services Center provides you the expertise needed in your own personal exploration and aids students with their personal career exploration. We pride ourselves on assisting students to better understand how their values, interests, skills, passions and world outlook influence their career decisions.

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 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

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.

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 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.