Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) - 30 credits

Refer to the Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) in the university section of this bulletin for courses that fulfill requirements. The university allows a maximum of two courses in the Discovery Tier to apply towards a primary major.

College Curricular Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences curricular requirements are organized around these essential components:

  • The development of fundamental skills of critical inquiry, analysis and expression.
  • The development of appreciation for the spiritual and creative dimensions of human life and culture.
  • The development of a responsible commitment to the broader social and political communities in which we live.

The college challenges students to embrace, seek to understand and engage actively in the complexities of the world in which we live. Courses in the Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC), drawn from the different disciplines within the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, provide multiple perspectives and methods of inquiry. The MCC serves as the foundation for the intellectual growth of our students as they pursue their majors and professional disciplines, and as they develop into men and women who dedicate their lives to the service of others.

Courses in the majors provide in depth knowledge and skills concerning a particular area of study. The college offers a wide variety of discipline-based majors in the Humanities (English, History, Philosophy, Theology and Languages, Literatures and Cultures); in the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Criminology and Law, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Social Welfare and Justice); and in the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Statistics and Computer Science). In addition, a wide range of majors and minors are offered in interdisciplinary areas of study including Africana Studies, Bioinformatics, Cognitive Science and Gender and Sexualities Studies, among others.

The combination of courses required by the Marquette Core Curriculum and individual majors in the College of Arts and Sciences ensures that students are educated both broadly and deeply, in keeping with long-standing Jesuit educational ideals and principles.

First-Year Seminar (ARSC 1953)

Students are required to complete ARSC 1953 Exploring Arts and Sciences during the fall term of their first year at Marquette. Students in the Honors Program are exempt from this requirement. Advanced standing transfer students who have completed a similar course at another institution may ask the college to waive the requirement.

Second Language Requirement

The Klingler College of Arts and Sciences requires knowledge of a language other than English for the bachelor of arts degree. This ensures that students are able to succeed in an increasingly globalized and rapidly changing world. The study of languages is the starting point for exploration and understanding of diverse cultures and traditions. Contacts between cultures happen in our own lives every day, and more often than ever before: knowing a second language is essential for being part of a global society. Our language programs in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish prepare students to interact effectively and engage other people and cultures in the most human way possible. Students of Classical languages encounter Greek and Roman civilization as something that is very much a living part of our culture today (philosophy, theater, poetry, medicine, politics and much more).

Proficiency in a language other than English enables students to:

  • Converse with ease and confidence when dealing with most routine tasks and social situations.
  • Handle successfully many uncomplicated tasks and social situations related to work, school, recreation and personal interests.
  • Begin to narrate and describe in the past, present and future time frames.
  • Begin to describe how culture shapes and sustains identity, society and tradition.

Assessment and Demonstration of Proficiency

Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second language at the intermediate level (usually requiring 0-15 credits of course work, depending on the student's proficiency upon entering the university), according to the standard of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Upon entering the university, students with previous study of a second language are assessed using a placement test. Those earning a score at the intermediate level are considered to have satisfied the second language requirement. Those who do not achieve proficiency through the test satisfy the requirement as follows: 

Students studying French, German or Spanish typically complete courses 1003, and 2001 (or 2003), or 2001 (or 2003) only, depending on their language and score. True beginners should complete courses 1001 and 1002 instead of course 1003 where the option is available.

Students studying American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Latin or Italian complete courses 1001 and 1002.

Note: The Marquette Core Curriculum does not have a second language requirement. 

Note: The College of Arts and Sciences bachelor of science degree does not have a second language requirement.

Major Requirements

  • To earn a bachelor of arts degree or a bachelor of science degree, students must fulfill all requirements for at least one major offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Consult the appropriate sections of this bulletin for requirements for specific majors.
  • The degree awarded (bachelor of arts or bachelor of science) is determined by the declared primary major.

Typical Programs for Bachelor of Science Degrees can be found on the Individual Program sections of this bulletin.

Typical Program for Bachelor of Arts Degree - Majors in the Humanities and Social-Behavioral Sciences

First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ARSC 19531CORE 1929 or ESSV13
CORE 1929 or ESSV13ENGL 1001, PHIL 1001, or THEO 10013
ENGL 1001, PHIL 1001, or THEO 10013Second Language3-4
Second Language3-4Major Requirements or electives6
Major Requirements or electives6 
 16-17 15-16
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
ENGL 1001, PHIL 1001, or THEO 10013MCC Discovery Tier1, 23
MCC Discovery Tier1, 23Major Requirements or electives12
Major Requirements or electives9 
 15 15
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
MCC Discovery Tier1, 23MCC Discovery Tier1, 23
Major Requirements or electives12Major Requirements or electives12
 15 15
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
Major Requirements or electives12Major Requirements or electives12
 15 15
Total Credit Hours: 121-123

Note: The course sequencing option above should be used as a guide. MCC courses may be taken in a different sequence depending on the chosen major and the availability of courses.

Note: A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree.