The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the fundamental goal of integrating diverse areas of learning into a coherent whole. This integration lies at the heart of the liberal arts education provided at Marquette University. Achieving this goal involves two steps. First, as part of the college curriculum, students are required to study material from the wide variety of disciplines comprising the arts and sciences. Second, by majoring and perhaps minoring in a specific discipline of their choice, students pursue learning in more depth and are then challenged to integrate this into their broader understanding of the world acquired through the college curriculum. For students whose interests go beyond the boundaries of traditional disciplines, the college offers the following interdisciplinary majors and minors:

Individualized Interdisciplinary Major or Minor

Students for whom particular interests may be better served by a flexible grouping of courses from several areas can create an individualized interdisciplinary major or minor. Examples of self-designed majors or minors include Arabic Studies, Italian Studies, and Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Students should consult the college office regarding the creation of the individualized major or minor, and to acquire the guidelines and the form that must be submitted. The student must work with a faculty adviser in their area of interest. With this adviser, the student writes a proposal explaining the relationship between educational objectives and the choice of an interdisciplinary major or minor, as well as develop a list of courses to be included with the sequence in which they will be taken. Two letters of recommendation are required: one from the faculty adviser, and the second, from a faculty member that is familiar with the student's academic work. Such proposals, as well as any subsequent modifications, must be approved by the college’s associate dean.