Academic Programs

Academic Offerings in Diverse Cultures (for students enrolled before Fall 2018)

The University Core of Common Studies is the intellectual heart of a Marquette education, built on our Jesuit tradition and designed for successful life in the 21st century. The core comprises nine knowledge areas essential to a well-educated person, including Diverse Cultures. See the list of courses approved to meet the diverse cultures requirement.

In addition to a range of courses offered by various academic departments, a number of programs have been created with concentrated course work, including:

Educational Opportunity Program

The Educational Opportunity Program is a federally funded academic program that motivates and enables low-income and first generation students to enter and succeed in higher education. Marquette University offers the Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science pre-college programs; Student Support Services, which offers a wide variety of academic and financial assistance throughout college; and the McNair Scholars program to prepare eligible students for graduate school.

Graduate School Diversity Fellowship

The Graduate School has established a limited number of Diversity Fellowships to assist qualified graduate students to attend Marquette. These are merit-based fellowships and are designed to recruit and support students who, through their very presence on campus and their participation in academic and campus life, will enrich the experiences of all faculty, staff and students.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (College of Health Sciences)

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) at Marquette University is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in health professions.

The School of Dentistry's Office of Diversity also offers pre-matriculation programs for high school and college students.

Project BEYOND-2 (College of Nursing)

Project BEYOND-2 seeks to encourage students from diverse groups to pursue a rewarding career in professional nursing. As a nursing student, you will join a community of support at the Marquette University College of Nursing. Faculty, advisers and community leaders will assist you in achieving academic success.

Study Abroad

The Office of International Education works to promote the internationalization of Marquette University by recruiting and advising international students and scholars, developing vibrant partnerships with international institutions, providing innovative study abroad opportunities, and offering dynamic instruction in academic English language skills.

Urban Scholars Program

In 2006, Marquette introduced the Urban Scholars program, which offers up to 10 annual, full-tuition renewable scholarships to high-achieving, low-income students with a history of leadership and service. Rooted in Marquette's tradition of increasing access to higher education, the scholarship program renews our emphasis on being inclusive and modeling a more diverse community.

Residence Hall Living Learning Communities

Marquette offers several special housing options that bring together students with common majors or common interests, both with and without required courses that are a hallmark of the living/learning programs.

Dorothy Day Social Justice Community

Spend your sophomore year living, learning, and engaging in service with others who have similar goals: advocating for justice issues, whether poverty or fair trade, the environment or education.

McCormick Hall Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY

The McCormick Hall Inclusive Leadership CommUNITY is designed to develop a community of inclusive leaders who live together on designated wings in McCormick Hall and that welcomes and embraces students from all cultures, religions, and other social backgrounds and identities. The program is open to residential freshman students of any racial, ethnic, or cultural background.

Nuestro Hogar Community

Open to freshmen and sophomores who are native or heritage Spanish speakers or upper level Spanish students, the Spanish Language and Cultures Living Learning Community provides an environment where students are immersed in Spanish and participate in Hispanic cultural events and activities on the Marquette campus and in the surrounding Milwaukee communities.

Community Outreach

Campus Ministries Programs

Campus Ministries offers a variety of programs which promote justice on campus, in Milwaukee and across the world.

Center for Community Engagement

Community engagement is an essential part of Marquette’s life as a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in the urban heart of Milwaukee. Housed strategically in the Office of the Provost, the office serves as a central clearinghouse for community engagement activities and promotion of the scholarship of engagement, with a focus on bidirectional, community-based research partnerships.

Center for Community Service

The Center for Community Service engages students in discerning their role in the struggle for a more just society through opportunities to explore diverse forms of service. Students will develop an understanding of community needs and assets, root causes of social justice issues, and their own identity through personal experiences with the greater Milwaukee community. We serve in solidarity, for and with others, to repair the divisions that injure the human community and impede human dignity. We strive to make a meaningful difference in our community, working in close partnership with community agencies and campus partners.

The Haggerty Museum of Art's Watermarks Project

WaterMarks: An Atlas of Water and City of Milwaukee is a city-wide public art project developed by artist Mary Miss that invites the citizens of Milwaukee to explore and understand the water systems supporting their lives.  Miss' socially engaged art practice and methodology, known as City as Living Laboratory (CALL), utilizes art installation to call attention to issues related to social, cultural, and environmental sustainability. The physical manifestation of the WaterMarks project—a multi-layered and urban-scaled atlas—will be developed over time as part of an inclusive citizen- focused process.

The LAB: Leadership and Brotherhood Young Men of Color Summit

In collaboration with the Milwaukee Public Schools’ Department of Black & Latino Male Achievement (BLMA), Marquette University engages in the community-wide effort to support the leadership development, enhance the academic success, and affirm the cultural identity development and dignity of Black, Latino and First Nations male youth of the greater Milwaukee region and Southeast Wisconsin. Starting in fall 2018, several hundred young men of color from Milwaukee high schools will explore our campus as committed members of the Marquette community extend our professional knowledge and resources to complement initiatives that assist these young men in navigating their educational and career aspirations.

Service Learning

Service is one of the four pillars in the university's mission statement. It also holds an important place in the Jesuit credos of cura personalis ("care for the whole person") and "women and men for others." The Service Learning Program, housed within the Office of the Provost as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning, coordinates community-based learning experiences within courses across the curriculum, and seeks to bring campus and community together in partnership to share resources, meet real community needs, and help to educate women and men to become the change agents of tomorrow.

Youth Empowered to Succeed (College of Health Sciences)

Funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), Youth Empowered to Succeed (YES) programs are community-based interventions designed to reduce health disparities and risky behaviors among minority youth across the country. YES is a collaboration between the United Community Center of Milwaukee and Marquette University's Department of Physical Therapy and the Program in Exercise Science.