The University Honors Program (UHP) is an all-university program, enrolling undergraduate students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Nursing, with a focus on experiential and interdisciplinary learning, undergraduate research and a broad and rigorous core curriculum shaped by Jesuit humanist ideals. 

The UHP Curriculum is divided into two parts: Core Honors and Disciplinary Honors. Students who complete Core Honors plus either at least one Disciplinary Honors Program or an Honors Project within the University Honors Program earn Comprehensive Honors.

Core Honors

Students apply to and are admitted to Core Honors before they enter Marquette. Core Honors consists of eight Core Honors courses plus three Honors Seminars, the majority of which are completed in students’ first two years. Core Honors courses are either courses created by departments specifically for the UHP, or Honors versions of courses also offered to non-Honors students. Most Core Honors courses meet requirements in the University Core of Common Studies taken by almost all undergraduate students at Marquette.

Core Honors Courses

Core Honors students are required to take five specific Core Honors courses, plus three Core Honors courses chosen from several course options. All Core Honors students take paired, integrated sections of ENGL 1301H Honors English 1 and PHIL 1001H Honors Philosophy of Human Nature in the fall of the freshman year, and paired, integrated sections of HIST 2001H Honors The World and the West and PHIL 2310H Honors Theory of Ethics in the spring of the freshman year. They are also required to take THEO 1001H Honors Introduction to Theology which can be taken at any time along with the additional Core Honors courses.

The remaining three required Core Honors courses are chosen from the following: 

BIOL 1001HHonors General Biology 13
BIOL 1002HHonors General Biology 23
CHEM 1001HHonors General Chemistry 14
CHEM 1002HHonors General Chemistry 24
ECON 1104HHonors Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENGL 1302HHonors English 23
PHYS 1013HHonors Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 14
PHYS 1014HHonors Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 24
POSC 2201HHonors American Politics3
POSC 2401HHonors Comparative Politics3
PSYC 2050HHonors Research Methods and Designs in Psychology4
THEO 2000HHonors Hebrew Scriptures: Old Testament Overview3
THEO 2100HHonors New Testament Overview3
THEO 2200HHonors The Bible Through the Ages3
THEO 2210HHonors Great Moments in Christian Theology3
THEO 2250HHonors Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius3
THEO 2300HHonors Quests for God, Paths of Revelation3
THEO 2310HHonors Explorations in Christian Theology3
THEO 2400HHonors Christian Discipleship3
THEO 2410HHonors Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts3
THEO 2500HHonors Theology, Violence and Nonviolence3
THEO 3010HHonors Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament Selected Books3
THEO 3100HHonors A Faith Worth Dying For? Martyrs, Saints, and Theology3
THEO 3110HHonors New Testament Selected Books3
THEO 3230HHonors Theology in the Writings of C.S. Lewis3
THEO 3320HHonors The Event and the Meaning of Vatican II3
THEO 3420HHonors Bridging the Racial Divide3
THEO 3530HHonors Theology and Economics3

Note: Honors students satisfy three of the UCCS Rhetoric credits with ENGL 1301H Honors English 1, taken in the fall term of the first year. If credit is not awarded via Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or transfer credit, students may satisfy the other three UCCS Rhetoric credits with one of the following:

CMST 1000Introduction to Communication3
COMM 1100Contemporary Presentation3
DGMD 2335Introduction to Scriptwriting3
ENGL 1001Rhetoric and Composition 13
ENGL 1002Rhetoric and Composition 23
ENGL 3210Writing Practices and Processes3
ENGL 3220Writing for Workplaces3
ENGL 4210Writing, Literacy, and Rhetoric Studies3
ENGL 4220Rhetorical Theories and Practices3
ENGL 4250Creative Writing: Fiction3
ENGL 4260Creative Writing: Poetry3
ENGL 4954Seminar in Creative Writing3

Core Honors Seminars

All Core Honors students also take three Honors seminars:

HOPR 1953H Honors Program First Year Seminar, in the fall term of their first year; HOPR 2953H Honors Program Second Year Seminar any term after their first year; and HOPR 3957H Honors Core Capstone Seminar taken junior year, if schedule permits or senior year.

Disciplinary Honors

Disciplinary Honors Programs, in which students do Honors work in their majors, are administered by departments, programs or colleges for their undergraduate majors. Students are admitted to a Disciplinary Honors Program by the department, program or college administering the Program according to the Program’s rules and requirements. Admitted students are not required to be pursuing or to have completed Core Honors. All Disciplinary Honors Programs require at least six credits of coursework and completion of a disciplinarily appropriate project (thesis; creative, research or professional project) which may be completed as part of the six credits of coursework. Students with multiple majors who are admitted to multiple Disciplinary Honors Programs may double-count no more than three credits toward more than one Disciplinary Honors Program. 

The College of Nursing, the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences each offer Disciplinary Honors Programs for their majors.

Comprehensive Honors

Students earn comprehensive Honors by completing Core Honors, plus one of the following:

1. At least one Disciplinary Honors Program

Students whose major departments or colleges offer Disciplinary Honors Programs are in most cases not eligible to propose Honors Projects, with rare exceptions for academic and/or professional reasons that must be approved by the department chair, faculty mentor and UHP Director. 

2. An Honors Project comprising at least six credits of course work (which may include laboratory research or thesis-writing for credit) in the student’s major department or college.

Students intending to pursue Honors Projects must secure faculty mentors in their discipline and submit prospectuses for their Honors Projects to both their home departments and the UHP the term before commencing work on their Projects. All prospectuses are subject to approval by both the home departments and the UHP Director in consultation. All completed Honors Projects must be assessed and approved by both the home department (at minimum, faculty mentor, with approval by department chair) and the UHP Director.

Grade Point Average Requirements

Students must achieve a 3.200 cumulative grade point average to graduate with a Core Honors and therefore with a Comprehensive Honors Degree. All Disciplinary Honors Programs require at least a 3.200 cumulative GPA at the time of entry, and at least a 3.200 major grade point average for graduation with Disciplinary Honors. If a Core Honors student drops below a 3.200 in any term during the sophomore or subsequent years, he or she is placed on Core Honors academic probation until the cumulative 3.200 is attained. Students must earn a grade of C or better in a course in order for it to count toward Core Honors and the Comprehensive Honors degree.

Study Abroad

Up to two courses taken in a Marquette-approved study-abroad program may be counted toward Core Honors, at the discretion of the UHP Director.


HOPR 1953H. Honors Program First Year Seminar. 1 cr. hr.

The first-year seminars are intended to introduce Marquette Honors students to the university's top teachers and scholars through small seminars offering both classroom excitement and intellectual stimulation. These are one-credit, non-graded seminars that meet for 75 minutes once a week, and each section consists of no more than 10 students. The content of the individual seminars varies; our primary goal is to offer students the opportunity to pursue in some depth a specific intellectual topic in an academic setting that is fun, safe, and that encourages exploration and risk taking. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Admission to Marquette University Honors Program.

HOPR 2953H. Honors Program Second Year Seminar. 2 cr. hrs.

The second-year seminar allows students to investigate a topic from a perspective that joins a specific disciplinary technique (e.g., literary analysis, philosophical inquiry, scientific empiricism) with a non-traditional academic approach in an effort to broaden the confines of intellectual inquiry. Examples of non-traditional approaches include contemplative practice, action and reflection, and vocation discernment components. The specific topics will differ among individual sections but the goals common to all sections include helping students to understand the relationship between disciplinary-based and more non-traditional modes of inquiry and the limitations and assets of each; appreciate the value of contemplative and experiential practices in gaining a richer understanding of the meaning and implications of an issue; and explore the reciprocal relationship between contemplation and action. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: HOPR 1953 and admission to Marquette University Honors Program.

HOPR 3953. Honors Program Junior Seminar. 3 cr. hrs.

Topic of broad cultural interest investigated through a variety of approaches drawn often from several disciplines. Topics vary. Guest faculty from within the university are invited to conduct the seminar and encouraged to arrange as many different and experimental teaching formats as are consonant with the topic considered. Offered every term. Honors students only. Limited to 15. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch. and cons. of program director.

HOPR 3957H. Honors Core Capstone Seminar. 1 cr. hr.

Topic of broad interdisciplinary interest; topics vary. Three faculty from different disciplines co-teach the seminar, which includes lectures and small discussions. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Admission to Marquette University Honors Program.

HOPR 4953. Honors Program Senior Full Circle Seminar. 3 cr. hrs.

This course culminates the Honors Program Seminar Series by offering an integrative multidisciplinary seminar that encourages students to transcend the increasingly specialized disciplinary perspectives that characterize the latter stages of one's college career. In an effort to bring students "full circle" in the learning process, the seminar returns to selected texts and concepts studied in earlier Honors Foundation Courses and Seminars. The seminar is focused on a specific theme and challenges students' abilities to make connections surrounding this theme in different historical periods, disciplines, cultures and models of inquiry (e.g. analytic or contemplative). The explicit goal of this course is to help students begin to recognize how their education has contributed to a framework for thinking about, making decisions in, and interacting with the world. Prereq: HOPR 1953, HOPR 2953, cons. of dept. ch., cons. of program director, and Sr. stndg. in the Honors Program.