Diederich College Curriculum

Prepare for Your Career

As a student in the Diederich College of Communication, you will gain the knowledge and skills to manage change throughout your professional career. You'll start with the University Core of Common Studies, exploring human behavior, faith and culture through courses in the arts and sciences. You will then build on this base with Diederich College classes in communications theory and practice, developing specialized knowledge in your major(s).

The college of communication provides ample opportunities for you to develop your skills, through involvement in our student-run media, theatre, clubs and professional internships. You can get started with many of these activities your Freshman year, gaining hands-on experience from day one.

University Core of Common Studies

These are the knowledge areas all Marquette University students address—the intellectual heart of a Marquette education.
Core courses include the following:

Examining the World

  • Rhetoric – 6 credits
  • Mathematical Reasoning – 3 credits

Evaluating the World

  • Human Nature and Ethics – 6 credits
  • Theology – 6 credits

Engaging the World

  • Diverse Cultures – 3 credits
  • Histories of Cultures and Societies – 3 credits
  • Individual and Social Behavior – 3 credits
  • Literature and Performing Arts – 3 credits
  • Science and Nature – 3 credits

For details and a current list of core courses, see www.marquette.edu/core.

Diederich College Curriculum

The Diederich College of Communication has its own required curriculum. You'll take the following classes, plus classes in your major and minor. Except where noted, these classes are in addition to the university core (for a total of 55 - 57 credits).

Some majors may require specific courses to fulfill the University Core of Common Studies or the college’s curriculum. You may also have to take courses that meet your major’s requirements without counting toward your major hours. See each major’s course list for details.


  • Minor or second major – 18 credits
  • Introduction to Communication – 3 credits
  • Communication Pathways – 1 credit
  • Contemporary Presentation* – 3 credits
  • Media in Society** – 3 credits
  • Introduction to Communication Research Methods – 3 credits
  • Foreign language – 6-8 credits as determined by placement test, or two university core Diverse Cultures courses***

* Fulfills university core Rhetoric requirement
** Fulfills university core Individual/Social Behavior requirement
***Does not fulfill university core Diverse Cultures requirement

General Degree Requirements

Here’s an overview of what you’ll do at Marquette. See the Undergraduate Bulletin for full course details, prerequisites and requirements.


You need at least 128 credits with a 2.0 grade point average in courses completed at Marquette to graduate. You must complete at least 32 upper division credits at MU. 


Choose from the following majors:


All Diederich College of Communication majors are required to complete a second major or a minor.

You may choose a departmental minor in a specific subject from the Diederich College of Communication or a minor from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business Administration.

Diederich College minors generally available to any Marquette University student include: Advertising, Communication Studies, Corporate Communication, Dance, Digital Media, Family Studies, Film, Fine Arts, Music, Public Relations or Theatre Arts.

Please note: Students majoring in Advertising, Digital Media, Journalism or Public Relations cannot minor in any of these mass communication majors. Students majoring in Corporate Communication cannot minor in Communication Studies or Public Relations. For details on minor course requirements, see the Undergraduate Bulletin and our minors webpage.

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