The Honors Program curriculum is designed to encourage and foster intellectual acuity, independence, and engaged learning. It consists of two main parts, the Honors Core and the Honors Seminar Series.

Honors Core

The heart of the Honors Program curriculum for the first- and second-year student is the Honors Core: seven courses total, two each in English, Philosophy, and Theology and one in History. The English and History courses are specific to the Honors Program; in Philosophy and Theology, students take special Honors sections of courses that are also required of non-Honors students. The Honors Core courses all satisfy University Core of Common Studies requirements that apply to students in all of Marquette’s undergraduate colleges. 

Honors Core Curriculum:

Year One:

Fall:  English 1301, Honors English 1, plus Honors Philosophy 1001, Human Nature*
Spring:  English 1302, Honors English 2, plus Honors Theology 1001, Introduction to Theology*

Year Two:
Fall OR Spring:  History 2001, The World and the West, plus Honors Philosophy 2310, Ethics*

*in each of these semesters, the two Honors courses are connected by integrated syllabi, and students must enroll in paired sections, as designated in Checkmarq

Any semester after the Spring of Year One:

Honors section of Second-level Theology

All Honors students, regardless of AP or IB credit, take Honors English 1301 and 1302 and History 2001. None of the seven Honors Core courses may be waived by AP or IB credit.

For Honors students who enter Marquette with AP or IB credit for English 1001 (a 4 on any English AP) OR English 1001 and English 1002 (a 5 on any English AP), English 1301 and 1302 will satisfy all 6 credits of the UCCS Rhetoric requirement PLUS the UCCS Literature and Performing Arts (LPA) requirement. For Honors students who enter Marquette with no AP or IB credit for English 1001 or English 1002, English 1301 and 1302 will satisfy only the 6 credits of the UCCS Rhetoric requirement, and students will need to meet their UCCS LPA requirement with another, non-Honors course.

Note:  These UCCS equivalents were modified in fall 2013. Students who entered in fall 2012 and before and have questions about English 1301 and 1302 should consult with the Honors Program.

Students must receive a final grade of C or higher in an Honors course to receive Honors credit.

Honors Program Seminar Series
Each year Honors students take one course in the Honors Program Seminar Series. These seminars build progressively upon earlier Honors experiences to nurture the intellectual acuity, independence, and maturity characteristic of Honors Program graduates. Students generally take the four seminars in the following sequence:

HOPR 1953:
First-year seminar, offered only fall semester
One credit, pass/fail, enrollment cap of 10

An introduction to small seminar-style learning, in a challenging but friendly environment. The first-year seminar pursues a particular intellectual topic intensively; past examples include Chinese film; hip hop, philosophy, and politics; entrepreneurship; experimental theater; and project management in engineering.

HOPR 2953
Second-year seminar, offered both semesters
2 credits, pass/fail, enrollment cap of 12

The second-year seminar enriches Honors students' core-based curriculum with non-mainstream pedagogies or learning experiences – for example, contemplative learning, innovative integration of theory and practice, or community engagement. The seminar asks students to think consciously and creatively about their own intellectual trajectory.

HOPR 3953
Third-year seminar, offered both semesters
3 credits, graded, enrollment cap of 20

The third-year seminar is usually discipline-based, but offers topics outside those of typical departmental seminars. With the approval of the Honors Program Director, students may substitute equivalent seminars in their major or college.

HOPR 3955: Undergraduate Research Seminar
Third-year seminar, offered spring semester
3 credits, graded, enrollment cap of 12

This seminar provides students with the opportunity to develop, conduct, and present original research projects with individual faculty mentors and in the context of a community of fellow honors students engaged in research projects. At the end of the seminar, each student will have developed a research proposal, which may be submitted to the Honors Program for a summer research stipend of $2500. Students who are awarded and accept this funding are expected to present their research at a campus event the following fall semester. Students from all disciplines and students already working in research labs are welcome in this seminar and eligible for summer funding.

HOPR 4953
Fourth-year seminar, offered either semester
3 credits, graded, enrollment cap of 20.

Like the third-year seminar, the fourth-year seminar is typically discipline-based, and often culminates in a research project or another kind of senior project. The goal of this seminar is to help students integrate their learning over the past three years and reflect on how their views of themselves, the world, and their aspirations have changed and developed at Marquette.


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