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, the majority of which are completed in students’ first two years. Core Honors courses are either courses created specifically for the UHP, or Honors versions of departmental courses also offered to non-Honors students. Almost all Core Honors courses meet requirements in the Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) taken by all undergraduate students at Marquette.

Core Honors Courses

Core Honors students are required to take five specific Core Honors courses, plus three more Core Honors courses chosen from several course options (at least 24 credits total).

Required Core Honors courses (15 credit hours):

CORE 1929HHonors Foundations in Methods of Inquiry 13
HOPR 1955HCore Honors First-Year Seminar 13
THEO 1001HHonors Foundations in Theology: Finding God in all Things3
HOPR 2956HHonors Engaging Social Systems and Values 1: Engaging the City 23
CORE 4929HHonors Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice 33
Total Credit Hours:15

The remaining three required Core Honors courses are chosen from the following (9 credit hours): 

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
MATH 1700H
PSYC 1700H
Honors Modern Elementary Statistics
and Honors Psychology Introductory Statistics Lab 1
PHIL 1001HHonors Foundations in Philosophy3
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
POSC 2801HHonors Justice and Power3
PSYC 2050HHonors Research Methods and Designs in Psychology4
SOCI 2060HHonors Social Statistics 14
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 Theologies of 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

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 course work and completion of a disciplinarily appropriate project (thesis; creative, research or professional project) which may be completed as part of the six credits of course work. 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 majors of Biomedical Sciences and Exercise Physiology in the College of Health Sciences, and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, English, Languages, History, Philosophy, Physics, 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 may earn those 6 credits through thesis and/or research courses in their department and/or through enrolling in HOPR 4999H Honors Senior Thesis.
    Students intending to pursue an 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 Core Honors students drop below a 3.200 in any term during the sophomore or subsequent years, they are 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 the Core Honors and the Comprehensive Honors degrees.

An exception to the Honors degrees/disciplinary major GPA requirement may be considered by the Honors Program, only if the courses used to calculate the cumulative GPA were not taken on the undergraduate level and were not used to complete the honors comprehensive degree, the honors core degree or the honors disciplinary major.

Study Abroad

Up to two courses taken in an Honors-preferred, Marquette-approved, study-abroad program and one course taken in a non-Honors-preferred, Marquette-approved study-abroad program may be counted toward Core Honors, at the discretion of the UHP director. See the Honors website for the list of Honors-preferred study-abroad programs.


HOPR 1001H. Introduction to Core Honors. 1 cr. hr.

Introduction to the Honors Program, with emphasis on the Honors Outcomes and Honors community. Prereq: Freshman stndg., admission to the Marquette University Honors Program, enroll in first fall term.

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

Offers 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. The content of the individual seminars varies. 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 1955H. Core Honors First-Year Seminar. 3 cr. hrs.

Orients first-year students to academic life at Marquette, prepares them to take an active and self-directed role in their learning, and develops their skills as effective and ethical communicators. Topic-based. Fulfills the MCC Foundations in Rhetoric requirement. Prereq: Admission to Marquette University Core Honors Program.

HOPR 1964H. Honors Peer Mentor Program. 1 cr. hr.

First-year Honors students are assigned peer mentors with whom they meet weekly in individual, small-group and occasional all-program meetings. Goals are to build academic and social community, self-efficacy, self-care and time management skills. Prereq: Admission to Marquette University Honors Program; cons. of dept.

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 2955H. MU4Gold Scholars Research Seminar. 1 cr. hr.

A sophomore-level seminar intended to introduce participants of the MU4Gold Scholars program to the culture of research and to valuable skills needed to become effective researchers. A one-credit, non-graded seminar that meets for 50 minutes once a week, with a section consisting of no more than 10 students. The primary objective is to guide the students in the practices that researchers use to craft their disciplinary identity and tell their research story with diverse audiences. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Admission to the Marquette University Honors Program and the MU4Gold Scholars program.

HOPR 2956H. Honors Engaging Social Systems and Values 1: Engaging the City. 3 cr. hrs.

Must be taken by all Core Honors students either term of sophomore year; satisfies ESSV1 MCC requirement. Distinguished from the non-Honors ESSV1 by its required focus on cities and urban issues as a means to engage social systems and values. Prereq: Admission to Marquette University Honors Program and Soph. stndg.

HOPR 3954H. Developing a Humanities Honors Project and Writing a Research Proposal. 1-3 cr. hrs.

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.

HOPR 4999H. Honors Senior Thesis. 3 cr. hrs.

Complete an original research or creative project under the direction of a faculty adviser. Independently review the literature or other work in the field, develop a question or project design, conduct the research or execute the project, analyze the results, if applicable, and present the conclusions or the project. Prereq: Jr. stndg., 3.200 cum GPA.