Academic Enrichment

Across the Internet, on campus, and here at EOP, a variety of resources are available to help students master course content and the study skills necessary to achieve success across a wide range of disciplines.

EOPs Academic Enrichment staff invites students to drop in or make an appointment with any of us to address any academic challenge.

Contact Felis Parris to schedule individual consultations or semester-long tutorials.

Students may also want to visit the sites below to learn more about the help available to develop study skills and to support Marquette coursework in:



An important component of the EOP Academic Enrichment is the Mathematics Support Seminars. Seminars are designed to support students in their first-year mathematics courses. However, support can be arranged for upper level mathematics courses, if needed. See Meghan Sebranek for details. At least one of the following courses is required or recommended for most majors at Marquette University. These mathematics courses are Math 1300, 1390, 1400, 1410, 1450, 1451/1455, and 1700. Please visit the Marquette University Bulletin for course descriptions. For several majors, eventual success is linked to a good start in one of these courses. Therefore, first-year EOP students enrolled in one or more math courses will be assigned a mathematics support seminar.

Support Seminar Information

How are the support seminars arranged?

EOP students in their first-year will be notified by e-mail with the schedule and location for their mathematics seminar by the Mathematics Specialist, Meghan Sebranek, during the first week of the semester. Each session is scheduled for 50 minutes and will meet twice a week with either Meghan Sebranek or Joseph Hughes. Additional support time will be provided during the week prior to final exams. 

Who attends the support seminars?

All EOP freshmen enrolled in a mathematics course are scheduled in a mathematics seminar. Attendance of the mathematics support seminars is mandatory. The seminars are part of the academic support that is a key component of EOP. EOP students enrolled in mathematics beyond their first-year at Marquette are welcome to notify the Mathematics Specialist at the start of the semester if they want to attend a seminar. 

What is expected of me in the seminars?

The Mathematics Specialist will provide further explanation of the material addressed in your lectures or quiz sections. Students should provide the Mathematics Specialist a copy of course syllabus. Any other expectations that outlined in the syllabus should also be communicated with the Mathematics Specialist. Students should bring their textbook and laptop to seminars.

It is important to remember that the seminars are not the time or place to exclusively complete homework. Homework is a personal way to help students develop and understanding of the content of your mathematics. The Mathematics Specialist will help students with developing an understanding of the material (including homework) so that students are successful with completing the homework independently.

How do I communicate my concerns with the Mathematics Specialist?


Joseph Hughes,, 414- 288-5040
Mathematics Specialist

The seminars are developed to address students challenges or concerns with success in completing the mathematics expectations at Marquette University. The Mathematics Specialist will work with students on any special questions or problems related to their work in mathematics. The support seminars are designed for you to discuss these concerns with the Specialist.

EOP is committed in helping students succeed. The most important function of the support seminars is to provide students an opportunity to discuss problems in mathematics and the organization of the course. Students will be encouraged to build a relationship with their professors and to seek out their assistance. Helping students reach out to their professors is often discussed in the support seminars. Students are encouraged to discuss any other concerns with the Mathematics Specialist or their EOP counselors that are important in helping them succeed. Additional support will be provided during final exams. 

How do you succeed in mathematics?

There is no simple answer to this question. Success in mathematics is often linked to a consistent game plan of studying and completing problems. The problems students face in class or in the homework will pose challenges. It is expected students will often struggle with the assigned problems. The types of problems students are expected to solve will often be new applications involving new topics. This is both a challenge and exciting development of a students college career. Learning how to struggle and not be overwhelmed is key to success in most mathematics courses. When students find the process to be overwhelming, they are encouraged to discuss these challenges with the Mathematics Specialist.

Summary of Core Courses

The core courses involved in the support seminars are:

Math 1300 The Nature of Mathematics

Math 1390 Finite Mathematics

Math 1400 Elements of Calculus

Match 1410 Calculus for the Biological Sciences

Math 1450 Calculus 1

Math 1451/1455 Calculus 2

Math 1700 Introduction to Statistics

Support Seminar Schedule

The support seminars for this semester are listed in the following link.

Other Support:

Students often ask how they can find additional support regarding a mathematics topic that is either new to them or confusing. Online support is growing as an important way to find personalized help.

For many of the topics involved in the core courses, additional explanations and support can be provided through the Khan Academy, MIT Open Courseware, or YouTube.





Welcome to the Humanities page of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University. While saluting specializations, we recognize the dangers inherent in a too narrow education. As Oliver Wendell Homes once said, "To be master of any branch of knowledge, you must master those which lie next to it; and thus to know anything you must know all." Without dwelling too much on the impossibility of knowing it all, we welcome the invitation to broaden our minds. In a world that is daily becoming more interconnected, education in the humanities not only helps produce students schooled in critical thinking, cultural literacy, moral discernment, and writing skills, but also generates well-rounded individuals better fitted to meet the needs of modern society.

Introduction to Inquiry

The Introduction to Inquiry course prepares students for Marquette's core of common studies and Philosophy 1000, Logic. In this class (using texts, videos, music and participation), students refine the higher order thinking skills needed for success in college: analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The goal of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of correct reasoning as it is implied in ordinary discourse. This course is intended for students in the College of Arts & Sciences or Communication who wants to improve the set of academic skills necessary for success at Marquette.

Humanities Support

In conjunction with the Introduction to Inquiry class, the Humanities Specialist provides help to students in the following courses:

Theology: THEO 101 (Intro to Theology), THEO 2000 Hebrew Scriptures: Old Testament, THEO 2200 (The Bible through the Ages), THEO 2300 (Quest for God, Paths of Revelation), THEO 4200/5320 (Theology in the Early Church), THEO 2400 (Christian faith in Cultural Context), THEO 2000-2210, 2410, 9305, THEO 4000-4997.

Philosophy: PHIL 1000 (Logic), Phil 1001 (Philosophy of Human Nature), PHIL 2310 (Theory of Ethics), PHIL 3780 (Africana Philosophy), Phil 6640 (St. Thomas Aquinas).

History 1001 (Growth of West CIV.), HIST 102 (Growth of western CIv, 110, HISt 3106 (Gilded Age to the Progressive Era, 1876-1920), HIST 4212/5212 (The crusades), HIST 6525 (Studies in European History: Medieval Monasticism), HIST 6250 (Europe: 1919 - Present: Europe in the 20th Century), HIST 1401 (Africa).

Sociology: SOCI 1001 (Principles of Sociology), SOWJ 1001 (Social Welfare & Justice).

Criminology: CRLS 1001 (Intro to Criminology)

English: ENGL 1001 (Rhetoric & Composition 1), COMM 1100 (Contemporary Presentation)



Dr. Richard Lewis
Writing Specialist
Coughlin 306B
(414) 288 - 5392




Meet the Writing Specialist

Dr. Richard O. Lewis, EOPs Writing Specialist/Instructor, provides you a four-year training period discovering the best rhetorical practices that enable you to produce consistently high-quality academic writing across diverse Marquette majors. Avoiding the "dry-cleaner effect" (simply correcting grammar errors), Dr. Lewis teaches you to master persuasive writing skills-American English usage, clarity, coherence, and unity. You will fine-tune your own writing style to suit your field's research standards:

Identify writing assignment goals to demonstrate understanding of your course theme and instructor's focus;

Recognize the rhetorical purposes of your writing assignments;

Generate precise thesis sentences for your essays;

Construct functional outlines that will fold into your essays the ethos, logos, and pathos of holistic writing;

Use the EOP Writing Instructor's original Computer- Aided Writing Assistance (CAWA) software to disassemble your rough drafts and reconstruct them into fully developed final drafts; 

Customize your word processor's grammar/style checker to meet APA, MLA, CMS, etc. publication formats.

You may make as many writing assistance appointments as you need by posting your name on Dr. Lewis' door schedule (CH 306B), and/or phoning (414) 288-5392. and/or by e-mail -