The University Core of Common Studies (UCCS) is the foundation of each student’s Marquette educational experience. The Core comprises courses in nine knowledge areas (listed below), and provides students with the knowledge, skills, values and dispositions they will need, wherever their career and personal choices lead. It fosters life-long learning and promotes the values of faith, leadership, excellence and service — values central to the Jesuit educational tradition.

Each of the nine knowledge areas is characterized by student learning outcomes. Students are expected to achieve these outcomes at the completion of their Core studies. Core courses in each knowledge area enable students to achieve Core learning outcomes. To learn more, consult the Core of Common Studies website.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36-credit hours of core courses. College curricula may require additional courses. Each student may count one dual application course toward the 36-credit hour Core requirement. A dual application core course satisfies core course requirements in two knowledge areas. For example, HIST 1301 Survey of Latin America, would satisfy three credit hours in both the Histories of Cultures and Societies knowledge area and the Diverse Cultures knowledge area. A student who takes the dual application core course satisfies the 36 credit hours of core requirements by taking 33 credits of core courses. Dual application courses are not offered in the knowledge areas of Human Nature and Ethics or Theology, unless approved as an exception by the UCCS Core Committee.

It is recommended that students experience the core courses in a tiered fashion, if possible:

Examining the World:

Rhetoric (R)6
Mathematical Reasoning (MR)3
Total Credit Hours9

Engaging the World:

Individual and Social Behavior (ISB)3
Diverse Cultures (DC)3
Literature/Performing Arts (LPA)3
Histories of Cultures and Societies (HCS)3
Science and Nature (SN)3
Total Credit Hours15

Evaluating the World:

Human Nature and Ethics (HNE)6
Theology (T)6
Total Credit Hours12

Rhetoric and Mathematical Reasoning foster foundational skills in thinking, writing, speaking, computing and analyzing. Individual and Social Behavior, Diverse Cultures, Literature/Performing Arts, Histories of Cultures and Societies and Science and Nature invite students to explore people, nature and societies. Human Nature and Ethics and Theology challenge students to reflect critically on fundamental human aspirations and values. At each step of his or her college career, a student’s perspective broadens and his or her knowledge deepens.

Though core courses foster foundational knowledge, skills and values across the nine knowledge areas, they are fully integrated with the rest of each student’s Marquette experience. Each college has a distinctive curriculum, which builds on the University Core of Common Studies. A variety of undergraduate majors and minors also amplify and deepen each student’s educational experience as he or she moves further ahead in pursuit of a specialized degree. The University Core of Common Studies, college curriculum requirements and majors and minors are all integral parts of each student’s Marquette educational experience.

UCCS designated courses are reviewed and approved annually and are reflected in the list below. The UCCS current designation applies to all students as of the date they become effective, regardless of whether they were in effect at the time the student initially enrolled at Marquette.

Unless noted as a dual application course, each course satisfies a three-credit hour requirement in the knowledge area under which it is listed.

Note: For more detailed information, consult the Core of Common Studies website.

Core of Common Studies Courses:

Rhetoric (R) (6 credit hours):

COMM 1100Contemporary Presentation3
ENGL 1001Rhetoric and Composition 13
ENGL 1002Rhetoric and Composition 23
ENGL 1301HHonors English 13

Mathematical Reasoning (MR) (3 credit hours):

COSC 1000Introduction to Computer Science3
MATH 1300The Nature of Mathematics3
MATH 1390Finite Mathematics3
MATH 1400Elements of Calculus3
MATH 1410Calculus for the Biological Sciences3
MATH 1450Calculus 14
MATH 1451Calculus 24
MATH 1700Modern Elementary Statistics3
MATH 2030Problem Solving and Reasoning for Teachers3
PRST 2140Research and Statistical Methods3
PSYC 2001Psychological Measurements and Statistics4
SOCI 2060Social Statistics3

Individual and Social Behavior (ISB) (3 credit hours):

AFAS 3131Air Force Leadership Studies 13
COMM 1200Media in Society3
CRLS 1001Introduction to Criminology3
CRLS 4130Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice3
ECON 1001Introduction to Economics3
ECON 1103Principles of Microeconomics3
INGS 1001Introduction to Gender and Sexualities Studies3
NASC 2185Leadership and Management3
POSC 2201American Politics3
POSC 2401Comparative Politics3
POSC 2601International Politics3
PSYC 1001General Psychology3
PSYC 4330Human Factors Engineering3
SOCI 1001Principles of Sociology3
SOCI 2200The Family3
SOWJ 1001Introduction to Social Welfare and Justice3

Diverse Cultures (DC) (3 credit hours):

ADPR 4600International Advertising and Public Relations3
ANTH 1001Introductory Anthropology3
COMM 4500Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media3
COMM 4550Media and the "Other"3
COMM 4650Cultural Identity, Media and Religion3
EDUC 1210Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society3
EDUC 4240Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues3
ENGL 4810Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies3
ENGL 4820Studies in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies3
ENGL 4825Native American / Indigenous Literatures3
ENGL 4830Africana Literatures3
ENGL 4840Postcolonial Literatures3
ENGL 4850Global Literatures3
HEAL 1025Culture and Health3
HIST 1301Survey of Latin America (Dual Application course: Also Histories of Cultures and Societies)3
HIST 1401Africa (Dual Application course: Also Histories of Cultures and Societies)3
HIST 1501East Asia (Dual Application course: Also Histories of Cultures and Societies)3
HIST 4120American Immigration3
HIST 4135African-American History3
INPS 2010Introduction to Peace Studies3
ITAL 3210Italian Literature in English Translation3
LEOR 3150Leadership and Diversity in Organizations3
MANA 3035Diversity in Organizations3
MARQ 1954The Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Engagement 11.5
MARQ 1955The Dynamics of Cross-Cultural Engagement 21.5
PHTH 4512Culture and Disability3
PSYC 3210The Psychology of Prejudice (Dual Application course: Also Individual and Social Behavior)3
SOCI 3250Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 3280Race and Family3
SOCI 4400Social Inequality3
SOWJ 2150Immigrants and their Communities3
SPAN 3300Peoples and Cultures of Spain3
SPAN 3310Peoples and Cultures of Latin America3
SPAN 4320Latin American and Latino/a Contemporary Issues3
SPAN 4400U.S. Latino/a Literature3
THEO 3420Bridging the Racial Divide (Dual Application course: Also Theology)3
THEO 4020The Bible in the Jewish Community3

Literature/Performing Arts (LPA) (3 credit hours):

ARSC 3370Arts in a Democratic Society3
CLAS 3025Classical Mythology3
ENGL 1302HHonors English 23
ENGL 2000Literature, History, and Culture3
ENGL 2010Literature and Genre3
FREN 3500Introduction to Textual Analysis in French3
GRMN 3210German Literature in English Translation3
GRMN 3500The Modern German Short Story3
ITAL 3210Italian Literature in English Translation3
MUSI 1020Appreciation of Music3
MUSI 2420History of the Musical in America3
SPAN 3500Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish3
SPAN 3505Introduction to Literary Analysis in Spanish for Heritage and Native Speakers3
THAR 1020Theatre Appreciation3

Histories of Cultures and Societies (HCS) (3 credit hours):

HIST 1001Growth of Western Civilization to 17153
HIST 1002Growth of Western Civilization since 17153
HIST 1101Introduction to American History3
HIST 1301Survey of Latin America (Dual Application course: Also Diverse Cultures)3
HIST 1401Africa (Dual Application course: Also Diverse Cultures)3
HIST 1501East Asia (Dual Application course: Also Diverse Cultures)3
HIST 2001HHonors The World and the West3
MISL 1800American Crucible: The Military and the Development of the United States3
NASC 1022Sea Power and Maritime Affairs3

Science and Nature (SN) (3 credit hours):

ARSC 1020Major Concepts in Modern Science 14
ARSC 1021Major Concepts in Modern Science 24
BIOL 1001General Biology 13
BIOL 1009Biology for Non-Science Majors3
BIOL 1406Plants, Pathogens and People3
BIOL 1410Biology of Human Disease3
BISC 1010Contemporary Issues in Nutrition3
BISC 1015Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology5
BISC 2015
BISC 2016
Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences 1
and Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Sciences 2
CHEM 1001General Chemistry 14
CHEM 1002General Chemistry 24
CHEM 1014General Chemistry 2 for Majors4
CHEM 1080Chemistry in the World4
PHYS 1001General Physics 14
PHYS 1002General Physics 24
PHYS 1003General Physics with Introductory Calculus 14
PHYS 1004General Physics with Introductory Calculus 24
PHYS 1007Survey of Meteorology3
PHYS 1008Astronomy and Space Physics3
PHYS 1009Earth and Environmental Physics3
PHYS 1013Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 14
PHYS 1014Classical and Modern Physics with Calculus 24
PRST 1120Aspects of Modern Science3

Human Nature and Ethics (HNE) (6 credit hours):

PHIL 1001Philosophy of Human Nature3
PHIL 2310Theory of Ethics3

Theology (T) (6 credit hours):

THEO 1001Introduction to Theology3
THEO 2000Hebrew Scriptures: Old Testament Overview3
THEO 2100New Testament Overview3
THEO 2200The Bible Through the Ages3
THEO 2210Great Moments in Christian Theology3
THEO 2250Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius3
THEO 2300Quests for God, Paths of Revelation3
THEO 2310Explorations in Christian Theology3
THEO 2400Christian Discipleship3
THEO 2410Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts3
THEO 2500Theology, Violence, and Nonviolence3
THEO 3010Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament Selected Books:3
THEO 3100A Faith Worth Dying For? Martyrs, Saints and Theology3
THEO 3110New Testament Selected Books:3
THEO 3230Theology in the Writings of C. S. Lewis3
THEO 3320The Event and Meaning of Vatican II3
THEO 3420Bridging the Racial Divide (Dual Application course: Also Diverse Cultures)3
THEO 3530Theology and Economics3