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BACHELOR OF ARTS

The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded to students of the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences in the following majors:

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Classical Languages
  • Classical Studies
  • Criminology and Law Studies
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Writing-Intensive English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • American Military History
  • International Affairs
  • Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers
  • Philosophy
  • Peace Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Welfare and Justice
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language, Literature and Culture
  • Spanish for the Professions
  • Theology
  • Theology for Catholic School Ministry
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Bachelor of Arts College Curriculum

A minimum of 42 credit hours in upper-division courses must be completed for the B.A. degree. Thirty-two upper-division credits must be completed at Marquette (lower-division courses are numbered 1000 to 2999; upper-division courses are numbered 3000 and above).

All candidates for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences must complete the following requirements of the college curriculum:

Area Credit Hours
English Rhetoric6
Foreign Language0-14
Histories of Cultures and Societies6
Individual and Social Behavior9
Literature6
Mathematical Reasoning6
Science and Nature6-8
Philosophy9
Theology9

While many of the requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum are similar to those in the University Core of Common Studies, they are not all the same. The college curriculum expands upon the requirements in the UCCS in a number of areas, such as in Histories of Culture and Societies, Individual and Social Behavior, Literature, Science and Nature, Philosophy and Theology. The College requires the study of a foreign language, while the UCCS focuses on the knowledge area of Diverse Cultures. Not all UCCS approved courses fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum requirements. For example, for the UCCS, a student may take ENGL 1001 Rhetoric and Composition 1 and COMM 1100 Contemporary Presentation , but for the college curriculum, ENGL 1001 Rhetoric and Composition 1 and ENGL 1002 Rhetoric and Composition 2 are required. Similarly, not all College of Arts and Sciences curriculum requirements fulfill the UCCS. Students should cross check the UCCS approved course list with the Arts and Sciences college curriculum requirements to know whether a course fulfills requirements in both the UCCS and the college curriculum. College curriculum requirements may also fulfill major and minor requirements, and vice versa, but a course can only fulfill the requirement in one area of the college curriculum areas. For example, a course cannot fulfill both the Individual and Social Behavior area and the Mathematical Reasoning in the college curriculum requirements.

English Rhetoric Requirement

Students must complete two courses (6 cr. hrs.) in the area of English Rhetoric. Students are required to complete  ENGL 1001 Rhetoric and Composition 1 and ENGL 1002 Rhetoric and Composition 2. Non-native speakers of English are required to take a placement test at Marquette during orientation.

Note: The completion of ENGL 1001 Rhetoric and Composition 1  and  ENGL 1002 Rhetoric and Composition 2 fulfills the Rhetoric requirement (6 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies. Although COMM 1100 Contemporary Presentation is an approved course in the University Core of Common Studies, it does not fulfill the English Rhetoric requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences B.A. degree curriculum.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language by completing the intermediate level of a foreign language. The foreign language requirement for students enrolled in the B.A. degree may be completed with 0 to 4 courses (0-14 cr. hrs.) in the same foreign language. The number of courses and credit hours to be completed may vary, depending on the student’s proficiency and level of placement.

Students coming to Marquette University directly from high school are advised to begin language study in their freshman year so that they continue to build upon their level of proficiency.

For detailed information on placement in foreign language courses and special placement credit, see the corresponding sections in the University section of this bulletin and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

  • Students who wish to study French (FREN), German (GRMN), or Spanish (SPAN) as a new language may complete the requirement with three to four courses of the same language.
  • Students who earn an AB or better in FREN 1002 Elementary French 2, GRMN 1002 Elementary German 2 or SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish 2 or SPAN 1003 Intensive Elementary Spanish may complete the requirement with FREN 2003 Intensive Intermediate French, GRMN 2003 Intensive Intermediate German or SPAN 2003 Intensive Intermediate Spanish in place of FREN 2001 Intermediate French 1 and FREN 2002 Intermediate French 2, GRMN 2001 Intermediate German 1 and GRMN 2002 Intermediate German 2 or SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish 1 and SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish 2.
  • Students who are placed in SPAN 1003 Intensive Elementary Spanish may complete the requirement by taking SPAN 1003 Intensive Elementary Spanish, SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish 1 and SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish 2 or SPAN 1003 Intensive Elementary Spanish and SPAN 2003 Intensive Intermediate Spanish (if the student has earned an AB or better in SPAN 1003).
  • For students who wish to study Arabic (ARBC), Chinese (CHNS), Classical Greek (GREK), Italian (ITAL) or Latin (LATN) as a new language, only the four-course sequence (Elementary Language 1001 and 1002 and Intermediate Language 2001 and 2002) is available.

Note: The University Core of Common Studies does not have a foreign language requirement. However, there is a Diverse Cultures requirement (3 cr. hrs.).

Histories of Cultures and Societies Requirement

Students are required to complete two courses (6 cr. hrs.) in the area of Histories of Cultures and Societies. Students must select either HIST 1001 Growth of Western Civilization to 1715 or HIST 1002 Growth of Western Civilization since 1715 and at least one additional course from among the following: HIST 1001 Growth of Western Civilization to 1715, HIST 1002 Growth of Western Civilization since 1715, HIST 1101 Introduction to American History, HIST 1301 Survey of Latin America, HIST 1401 Africa or HIST 1501 East Asia.

Note: The completion of any of the History (HIST) courses listed above fulfills the Histories of Cultures and Societies requirement (3 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies.

Individual and Social Behavior Requirement

Students are required to complete three courses (9 cr. hrs.) in the area of Individual and Social Behavior. Students must select courses from at least two different disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Criminology and Law Studies (CRLS), Economics (ECON), Political Science (POSC), Psychology (PSYC), Social Welfare and Justice (SOWJ), and Sociology (SOCI). 

Note: In order to fulfill the Individual and Social Behavior requirement (3 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies as well, one of the three Individual and Social Behavior required courses must be chosen from the list of approved courses in the ISB knowledge area of the University Core of Common Studies offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. This is limited to the courses with the subject acronyms of: AFAS, CRLS, ECON, INPS, NASC, POSC, PSYC, SOWJ, SOCI and WGST.

Literature Requirement

Students must complete two courses (6 cr. hrs.) in the area of Literature, either in English (ENGL), or in a foreign language (original language or in English translation) listed with the subject acronyms: Arabic (ARBC), Classics (CLAS), Chinese (CHNS), Foreign Languages (FOLA), French (FREN), German (GRMN), Greek (GREK), Italian (ITAL), Latin (LATN) and Spanish (SPAN).

Note: In order to fulfill the Literature/Performing Arts requirement (3 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies as well, one of two required literature courses must be chosen from the list of approved literature courses in the LPA knowledge area in the University Core of Common Studies. This is limited to an English (ENGL) course or a foreign language literature course (CLAS, FREN, GRMN, ITAL, LATN, SPAN). Only literature courses fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences literature requirement.

Mathematical Reasoning

Students must complete two courses (6 cr. hrs.) in the area of Mathematical Reasoning. The requirement may be completed by taking courses in Mathematics (MATH), Computer Science (COSC), Statistics or Logic. Only one logic course (PHIL 1000 Logic or PHIL 4000 Modern Logic), or one statistics course (MATH 1700 Modern Elementary StatisticsMATH 4710 Mathematical Statistics,  MATH 4720 Statistical MethodsMATH 4740 Biostatistical Methods and ModelsPSYC 2001 Psychological Measurements and Statistics or SOCI 2060 Social Statistics) may be used to fulfill this requirement.  MATH 1100 College Algebra and MATH 1101 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry do not fulfill this requirement.

Note: In order to fulfill the Mathematical Reasoning requirement (3 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies as well, one of two required Mathematical Reasoning courses must be chosen from the list of approved courses in the MR knowledge area in the University Core of Common Studies offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. This is limited to the courses with the subject acronyms of: Computer Science (COSC), Mathematics (MATH), Psychology (PSYC), and Sociology (SOCI).

Science and Nature Requirement

Students must complete two courses (6-8 cr. hrs.) in the area of Science and Nature. Students may complete the requirement by taking courses in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Physics (PHYS),  ARSC 1020 Major Concepts in Modern Science 1, and ARSC 1021 Major Concepts in Modern Science 2. Only one Anthropology (ANTH) course (ANTH 1201 Introduction to Biological Anthropology or ANTH 2201 Human Evolutionary Process may be used to fulfill this requirement. The same Anthropology (ANTH) course cannot also fulfill a course requirement in the Individual and Social Behavior area. 

Note: In order to fulfill the Science and Nature requirement (3 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies as well, one of two required Science and Nature courses must be chosen from the list of approved courses in the SN knowledge area in the University Core of Common Studies offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. This is limited to the courses with the subject acronyms of: Arts and Sciences (ARSC), Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), and Physics (PHYS).

Philosophy Requirement

Students must complete three courses (9 cr. hrs.) in the area of Philosophy. Students are required to complete PHIL 1001 Philosophy of Human Nature, PHIL 2310 Theory of Ethics and one other upper-division (3000 or higher) Philosophy (PHIL) course. 

Note: The completion of PHIL 1001 Philosophy of Human Nature  and PHIL 2310 Theory of Ethics fulfills the Human Nature and Ethics requirement (6 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies.

Theology Requirement

Students must complete three courses (9 cr. hrs.) in the area of Theology. Students are required to complete THEO 1001 Introduction to Theology, one second-level Theology (THEO) course (a 2000-level course), and one third-level Theology (THEO) course (a 4000-level course), in that sequence. 

Note: The completion of THEO 1001 Introduction to Theology counts toward fulfillment of one of the Theology course requirements (6 cr. hrs.) in the University Core of Common Studies. In order to fulfill the second-level Theology requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum as well, a second level course must be chosen from among those courses listed as fulfilling the Theology requirement in the University Core of Common Studies.