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Marquette's Core Curriculum

Creating students who communicate responsibly and ethically; engage the world as moral actors and citizens with purpose; use a broad disciplinary focus to engage and collaborate with diverse others, and act as leaders in discovery to solve global problems.

Marquette's entire campus community came together to reflect on its curriculum and how it was meeting the needs of a 21st century student. The result was a revised Marquette Core Curriculum.

This Core is rooted in Jesuit perspectives and values.  The foundations of the Marquette Core will emphasize key aspects (Theology, Philosophy, and Rhetoric) of a Jesuit perspective. Foundations courses do not simply provide canonical knowledge or content. Instead, they invite students to consider the world from multiple angles, to engage the wholeness and diversity of knowledge and its relevance for making change and addressing inequity. The Engaging Social Systems and Values requirement emphasizes Marquette’s mission to create men and women with and for others. The multi-disciplinary approach of the Discovery tier provides the means for students to understand the wholeness of knowledge and to apply Jesuit foundational principles to complex social issues of our time. Finally, the culminating experience provides a moment to put the Core learning in action through its experiential component and intentionally incorporates reflection on Core learning and students’ sense of vocation and purpose. In this way, the structure and content reflect models of Jesuit Pedagogy with an emphasis on Context, Experience, Action, Reflection, and Evaluation.

View Summary of the Marquette Core Curriculum and Outcomes.


February 2018 Update to Core

Due to the efforts of the Core Curriculum Implementation Committee and the Core Curriculum Logistics Commitee, the Marquette Core Curriculum is ready to be launched for all new students beginning in the Fall of 2018. For details, visit news and updates.

Faculty and departments are invited to submit courses for second level Engaging Social Systems and Values Courses (ESSV2), Discovery Tier Courses and Writing Intensive Courses. See Calls for Courses.


Core Revision & Implementation Timeline


May 2015

President Mike Lovell & Provost Dan Myers issue charge for the Core of Common Studies Review process. View Charge

May 2015

Core Revision Facilitation Group named (Dr. Lowell Barringon, Dr. Sarah Feldner & Dr. Lars Olson). View News Brief

August - September 2015

Listening sessions with colleges. Faculty input on what goals of Core should be and what Core should accomplish for student learning. View College Summaries

October 2015

Faculty Survey 1 - Open ended responses focused on identifying essential skills and knowledge for undergraduates across the university. View Summary of Survey Results

October 2015

Open call to faculty, students, staff, and alumni to propose learning outcomes that embody the priorities established in survey 1. View Survey Results

November 2015

Faculty Survey 2 - Faculty support for learning outcomes. View Survey Results

December 2015

Kickoff event for faculty workgroups to propose Core frameworks. See Call for Proposals

February 2016

15 proposals received from campus community. Teams included participation for every undergraduate college. View Proposals

March - May 2016

Framework proposals considered by committees within Marquette’s faculty governance structure.

Summary from Board of Undergraduate Studies and Core of Common Studies Review Committee

Summary from Academic Senate

May 2016

Provost reviews feedback and sends team to the AACU Institute for Integrated Learning.

June 2016

New director of the Core of Common Studies named - Dr. Sarah Feldner. View News Brief

June 2016

Team of Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Core Director, Core Revision Facilitation Group, and Director of Center for Teaching Learning consult with higher education experts at the AACU Institute for Integrated Learning on how to move forward with the research of the past year View info on AACU institute

August 2016

Provost Update on Core Revision announcing Core Outcomes and Framework

View Announcement

View Outcomes and Structure

September 2016

Provost names task forces to continue work on Core Revision

October & November 2016

Campuswide listening sessions with task forces

February 2017

Task forces present proposal for revised Marquette Core to Provost

View ProposalView Proposal Appendices

February 2017

Campus update from Provost.

View announcement

February 2017

Campus discussions about Core Proposal & opportunities for feedback

Feedback reviewed by Provost appointed Core Proposal Modification Committee

March & April 2017

Core Revisions considered and approved by Core Curriculum Review Committee, University Board of Undergraduate Studies, and University Academic Senate

May 2017

New Core approved by the University Board of Trustees

Provost appoints Core Curriculum Implementation Committee (CCIC) & Core Curriculum Logistics Committee. View list of committee members.

Initial Call for Campus Suggestions for Discovery Tier Themes


July & August 2017


CCIC develops calls for new courses for Marquette's Core Curriculum

Departments and faculty invited to submit courses for Marquette's Core Curriculum. View calls.

Campus community invited to continue to submit themes for Discovery Tier

September 2017


Shortlist of Discovery Tier Themes shared with campus and campus community including chairs, student groups, and faculty/staff invited to provide feedback.

October 2017

Discovery Tier Themes announced

November 2017

CCIC reviews course proposals for MCC.

February 2018 List of MCC courses approved.



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