The Marquette Core Curriculum is the center of every Marquette University student’s educational experience. Rooted in Jesuit perspective and values, the MCC creates students who communicate responsibly and ethically, engage the world as moral actors and citizens with purpose, collaborate with diverse others using a broad disciplinary focus, and become leaders in discovery to solve global problems.

Students who entered Marquette before fall 2018 will utilize the University Core of Common Studies.

 Learning Outcomes

Responsible and Ethical Communicators

Marquette students can responsibly and ethically use written, spoken and visual communication to express ideas, create meaning, build relationships, foster understanding and advocate for a better tomorrow.

Moral and Ethical Actors

Marquette students can articulate appropriate professional and personal judgments that are rooted in an ethical and moral foundation and informed by Catholic, Jesuit thought. They seek to use these foundations to make decisions that promote stronger communities and a just society.

Citizens with Purpose

Marquette students will come away with a sense of purpose professionally, personally, and as global citizens who demonstrate critically reflective discernment processes that are rooted in one’s sense of theological, intellectual and personal commitments.

Collaborators Engaging Social Systems and Values

Marquette students will develop skills to engage with a spectrum of people, communities and systems of value. They will be able to analyze the sources and implications of inequity, take steps to create more inclusive and collaborative social and professional processes, acting as people with and for others.

Leaders in Discovery

Marquette students will advance understanding of the world by identifying significant questions and then searching for answers based on a systematic process of discovery that is rooted in intellectual inquiry and the Jesuit liberal arts tradition.

Global Problem Solvers

Marquette students are well-practiced in cooperative and cross-disciplinary problem-solving skills and they can present innovative solutions that draw from theological, philosophical, qualitative and quantitative perspectives to address the increasingly blurred lines between local and global challenges.

The MCC consists of three tiers: Foundations, Discovery and Culminating.


This beginning tier aims to engage students in contemplating, analyzing and communicating with others about concrete situations in multidisciplinary ways, drawing from theology, philosophy and rhetoric. Students will take these courses in the first two years.


This tier allows students to discover the ways in which multiple disciplines approach a particular question, challenge or problem. Students will take the discovery courses starting in their second year.


This integrates the MCC experience, emphasizing reflection on and application of knowledge and skills developed at the university. Students will take this course during years three or four at the university.

CORE 4929: Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice

progression of tiers