Marquette Core Curriculum Ready to Launch Fall 2018 - Update February 2018

Due to the efforts of the Core Curriculum Implementation Committee and the Core Curriculum Logistics Committee the Marquette Core Curriculum (MCC) is ready to launch for students who enter in the Fall of 2018.

The CCIC received over 200 course submissions from across campus for the foundation-level Engaging Social Systems and Values (ESSV) requirement, Methods of Inquiry, the Discovery Tier, and the Writing Intensive requirement. See list of approved courses.

The previously approved Discovery Tier themes will be phased in over two years. Four themes will be included in the 2018 – 2019 Marquette bulletin: Basic Needs and Justice; Cognition, Memory, and Intelligence; Crossing Boundaries; and Individuals and Communities.The remaining themes (Creativity and Technology, Environmental Sustainability, and Exploring the Unknown) are planned for the 2019 – 2020 bulletin to allow time to expand the list of course offerings in these themes.

Faculty and departments are invited to continue to submit courses to expand the offerings in the MCC. Proposals for second level Engaging Social Systems and Values courses (ESSV2) are due on March 9th. The CCIC has issued a call for a second round of proposals for Writing Intensive and Discovery Tier courses. All faculty should submit proposals to their department chairs for approval. These proposals are due on March 23rd. View current calls for MCC courses (

All changes to the core curriculum were completed during this year’s bulletin editing process. Entering students will have a complete list of courses available as they register for courses in the coming year.

Continuing students (those currently enrolled at Marquette) will continue with current University Core of Common Studies Requirements. The CCIC and University Senate have endorsed a transition polity that expands the offerings available to students as they complete their UCCS requirements. Detailed information will be provided to advisors in advance of advising week.


Faculty and Staff Invited to Submit Courses for the Marquette Core Curriculum

View Calls for Marquette Core Courses

Core Revision & Implementation Website Has Been Reorganized

We've updated the site. Please visit News & Updates for a complete archive of news, events and announcements from the entire revision and implementation process. Moving forward this home page will contain most recent announcements and details about upcoming deadlines for the Marquette Core Curriculum Implementation.


Share Input on Discovery Themes

After receiving over 50 suggestions for themes from faculty, students and staff, the Core Curriculum Implementation Committee has narrowed the suggestions to a slate of ten themes. This short list of theme suggestions will be refined and narrowed based on campus input. To provide feedback, visit the Discovery Theme page.

Faculty & Departments Invited to Submit Courses to the Marquette Core Curriculum

The implementation phase of the revised Core is underway, and the Core Curriculum Committee looks forward to course proposals from departments and faculty. From the beginning, this process has been fueled by the energy of faculty from across campus, and we look forward to a continuation of this momentum.

The Core Curriculum Implementation Committee is accepting proposals for the Methods of Inquiry, Engaging Social Systems and Values Courses, Discovery Courses, and Writing Intensive Requirement. Details on each specific requirement are outlined in the calls for proposals. View Calls for Course Proposals and deadlines.

For more information, please review the following resources. Questions may be directed to Dr. Sarah Feldner, Director of the Marquette Core Curriculum,


Provost Names Two Committees to Coordinate Core Implementation

The Marquette University Board of Trustees approved the new Core Curriculum at its regular May meeting. Work now begins on implementing this new Core. Provost Dan Myers has named two committees to coordinate these efforts. The Core Curriculum Implementation Committee will facilitate a process of identifying courses and developing systems for curricular oversight and assessment. The Core Curriculum Logistics Committee will be responsible for identifying processes and systems that need to be put in place to manage the logistics for the core (e.g., bulletin updates, checkmarq updates, recruitment, communication, advising, and scheduling, etc).

See list of committee membership.


Faculty, Staff, and Students Invited to Submit Themes for Discovery Tier

As we move into the implementation phase of a revised Core, the Core Committee is seeking campus input to help in the process of identifying themes for the Discovery Tier. The Discovery Tier, the second tier of the revised Marquette Core, will be an opportunity for students to explore and compare how multiple disciplines can approach a persisting challenge or question.

A successful theme must be able to spark multiple points of dialogue, represent issues of contemporary importance, and be the focus of study by a variety of scholarly disciplines. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to submit ideas for Discovery themes. Collective submissions are encouraged, especially those involving members of the Marquette community from different parts of campus. These themes will be shared with campus for feedback, and the Core committee will make selections of themes based on this feedback. Themes will be selected in the fall of 2017.

Themes will be reviewed initially beginning on May 8th. The Core committee will continue to accept themes until September 1st. Courses will be added to themes in a second process that will occur in the fall.

Email completed Call for Themes as an attachment to; Questions may be directed to Dr. Sarah Feldner (, Director of the Core of Common Studies.

View Complete Call for Themes.

Kick-off to Core Revision Implementation

Faculty and staff are invited to a working sesssion to begin the implementation process for the revised Core on Wednesday, April 26th at 4pm in the AMU Annex.

This will be a moment to celebrate the efforts of the entire campus that led us to this point and to begin generating ideas for the coming year. During this working session, we want to think about all elements of the revised Core, but will be focusing specifically on brainstorming ideas and engaging one another around the question of possible focal points for the Methods of Inquiry Course and Themes for the Discovery Tier.

Appetizers will be provided, and there will be a cash bar. Please RSVP to


Core Revisions Approved by CCRC, UBUS, and UAS

The Core of Common Studies Review Committee, the University Board of Undergraduate Studies, and the University Academic Senate have approved proposed changes to the Core of Common Studies. The proposed revised Core will now be reviewed by Marquette President Michael R. Lovell, Provost Dan Myers and the University Board of Trustees. The success of this revision process is result of the collaborative efforts of faculty, students and staff from across campus.

The new Core will launch in fall of 2018. Work will now begin on the process of implementation. Provost Myers will announce implementation committees in the coming weeks. To jump-start the implementation process, faculty and staff are invited to a kick-off event on Wednesday, April 26, at 4 p.m. in the AMU Annex.

View revised Core proposal with modifications.and updated Core Graphic


Modifications to Marquette Core Revision Proposal

The Core Proposal Modification Committee reviewed input from college sessions and from suggestions submitted via email to Several faculty and staff submitted a broad range of ideas, comments and feedback. The engagement across campus provided an excellent opportunity for reflection upon the Core and modifications that will allow students to achieve the learning outcomes. The Modifications Committee made two revisions to the proposal based on the feedback. In addition to the feedback, the Modifications Committee considered each suggestion in the context of Core learning outcomes, the totality of the proposed curriculum itself, requirements of each college, and relevant data that has been gathered throughout the entire revision process.

Two modifications were made to the proposal:

  1. Specification that Theology and Philosophy departments will have primary responsibility for delivering the culminating course. These departments will collaborate with the Core Committee to ensure that the course aligns with larger Core expectations. This specification comes out of several responses and questions regarding a larger understanding of  expectations associated with Marquette's Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity. Given the essential connections between Philosophy and Theology in the Catholic Jesuit tradition, and the traditional role of Theology as an integrative discipline in the Jesuit University, the specification that these departments will be primarily responsible for delivering the culminating tier course directly addresses these concerns. However, other departments are not excluded from  participating in the culminating  course. In addition, identifying the course with specific units will allow for greater consistency in delivery, addressing concerns about the student learning experience at this level of the Core.

  1. Writing Intensive, Writing Instruction Requirement Added

    Across the different college listening sessions and in feedback sent to the committee, many faculty voiced greater support for increased time devoted to writing, writing instruction and writing revision. Beyond including writing assignments across core courses, and given the campus's support for writing as a key Core outcome, it was suggested that a second level writing requirement be added. This writing intensive requirement may be fulfilled via specific advanced writing courses, the use of course embedded tutors or other qualified experiences. The requirement can be fulfilled within the Core or outside of the Core, i.e. a course in the major.

For more information,please see college meeting summaries and details on the Modifications Committee's recommendations.

View revised Core proposal with modifications.and updated Core Graphic.

Task Forces Submit Proposal for Revised Core & Seek Campus Input

The four Core Revision Task Forces charged with developing a proposal for a revised Marquette Core presented their proposal to Provost Dan Myers in early Februray. Dan Myers approved moving forward with the proposal. The next step in the Core Revision process is to engage in a campuswide discussion of the proposal. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to review the proposal and share thoughts about what might make this proposed curriculum even stronger. Feedback may be sent via email to by Monday 2/20.

Campus feedback will be evaluated by a committee composed of members from each of the task forces to determine what, if any, modifications would improve the Core proposal. The committee will present its recommendations to the Provost, and then beginning in March, the proposal will be reviewed by the Core Curriculum Review Committee, the University Board of Undergraduate Studies and the University Academic Senate.

View full Marquette Core Proposal

View Proposal Appendices

View Graphic of Proposal with Learning Outcomes

View Core Proposal Modification Committee



Task Force Progress

The task forces are wrapping up work on initial drafts of their progress during the week of December 19th. These preliminary reports will be shared with the campus community during the early weeks of the spring semester. Minutes and updates are posted on the Task Force Page.


Listening Sessions for Core Revision Task Forces

During the month of November, each task force held a listening session to share ideas from ongoing work. Summaries from these sessions can be found on the Task Force Page.


Task Force Updates

In order for the campus community to remain informed on the ongoing work of task forces, a new page has been established that will include updates. This page includes task force member lists, a summary of current discussion, and minutes from meetings.

For updates on the Task Forces: Visit the Task Force Page


Provost Names Core Revision Task Forces

Provost Dan Myers has named four task forces who will work to provide details for Marquette’s revised Core curriculum. Each task force will address a specific tier of the Core curriculum. The task forces' work will be guided by the following questions:

    • 1. What course design(s) will allow for students to accomplish/fulfill the learning outcomes?
    • 2. How can the expertise of the contributing disciplines be tied to an integrative experience for students?
    • 3. How will course design be made meaningful and relevant to today’s students? That is, how will students know that this course (content, methods, teaching approaches) matters and is necessary in their lives, professions and communities?

    Each task force will host a listening session during the fall semester to hear faculty input. Listening sessions will be announced in Marquette Today (formerly News Briefs). In addition, all faculty are encouraged to speak directly with task force members to share ideas. Minutes and updates from the task forces will be posted throughout the semester on the Core Revision Website.

    See complete list of Task Force Membership.

    See charge for task forces.


Core Revision Recap from 2015 - 2016

The Core revision process is moving into its second year. In its first year, inputs from the entire campus community contributed to the establishment of six integrated learning outcomes and an accompanying curricular structure that will provide a path for students to achieve these outcomes.
The Core learning outcomes are designed to prepare students to address complex challenges in a diverse world and to be able to think across disciplinary experiences. The outcomes call for an integrated approach to learning, and a Core structure that has three tiers:

  1. Foundational Courses taken in the first two years that will emphasize the foundations of Jesuit education that will allow students to address 21st century questions
  2. Discovery Courses taken in the second, third and fourth year. Interconnected coursework around a key question or theme. Clustered courses from multiple disciplines will draw upon learning in the foundational courses to address a common theme or problem.
  3. A Culminating Experience taken in the third or fourth year that provides students with an experiential learning opportunity that connects Core learning with disciplinary contexts.

The outcomes and framework were derived from campus listening sessions, faculty surveys, proposals from across campus, and feedback from faculty governance committees. To learn more about the process through which the outcomes and framework emerged, review the timeline below which includes links to relevant data and information.



Core education in the news


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About the revision

In May 2015, President Michael R. Lovell and Provost Dan Myers issued a campus-wide charge to revise and revitalize the University Core of Common Studies in light of 21st-century pedagogical research and our continuing commitment to Jesuit higher education.

Learn more

Quick Links

List of Approved MCC courses

Discovery Themes

List of Core Curriculum Committee Members

Summary of Core Curriculum Outcomes