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
CHEM 1013HHonors General Chemistry 1 for Majors4
CHEM 1014HHonors General Chemistry 2 for Majors4
ECON 1103HHonors Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 1104HHonors Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENGL 1302HHonors English 23
MATH 1700HHonors Modern Elementary Statistics4
or PSYC 2001H Honors Psychological Measurements and Statistics
PHYS 1003HHonors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 14
PHYS 1004HHonors General Physics with Introductory Calculus 24
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

Only MATH 1700H Honors Modern Elementary Statistics or PSYC 2001H Honors Psychological Measurements and Statistics may satisfy the Core requirement.  You may not take both to fulfill the requirement.

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:

COMM 1000Foundations of Human Communication, Culture and Society3
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 4230Writing Center Theory, Practice, and Research4
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 program, 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 Departments of Biological Sciences, English, Languages, History, Philosophy, Psychology and Theology 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 a Disciplinary Honors program 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 a Honors Project must secure faculty mentors in their discipline and submit prospectuses for their Honors Project to both their home department and the UHP the term before commencing work on their projects. All prospectuses are subject to approval by both the home department and the UHP director in consultation. All completed Honors Project 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 1954H. Honors MU4Gold Scholars - Introduction to Research and Campus Opportunities. 1 cr. hr.

Participants of the MU4Gold Scholars program are introduced to some of the university's top researchers and scholars through a small seminar setting and become aware of the opportunities and resources available on campus for students to pursue faculty-mentored research on Marquette’s campus. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Admission to Marquette University Honors Program and to MU4Gold Scholars 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 2954H. Introduction to Honors in the Humanities. 1 cr. hr.

Open to sophomores majoring in English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy or Theology who are planning to complete Disciplinary Honors in their major. Introduces students to interdisciplinary study in the humanities by means of several case studies. Topics vary. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. Prereq: Soph. stndg., min. cum. GPA of 3.200, cons. of instr.; declared Humanities major and admission to a Humanities Disciplinary Honors Program.

HOPR 3954H. Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal. 1 cr. hr.

Familiarizes students with the tools and methods of humanities research and guides them through the process of developing a research project and writing a research proposal. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Jr. stndg.; declared Humanities major and admission to Humanities Disciplinary Honors Program.

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 4954H. Humanities Honors Project Seminar. 1 cr. hr.

Facilitated writing group in which students are familiarized with the process of completing long research projects, workshop drafts and produce public presentations of their projects. As an Honors Program course, includes a more intensive research or project component. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Declared Humanities major and admission to Humanities Disciplinary Honors Program; concurrent enrollment in major thesis or Honors capstone course.