Media advisory: Unique, interesting classes offered at Marquette University

Feb. 3, 2020

marquette class stock photoMILWAUKEE — Each semester, Marquette University offers thousands of course sections to students of all disciplines. Here are just a few examples of courses happening this semester that would make for great stories:

Foundations of Personal Finance

Foundations of Personal Finance serves as an introduction to the framework and tools for managing personal finance. Topics include budgeting, assessing one’s financial values, assessing income, protecting income and assets, managing credit, determining major asset purchases, assessing insurance needs, developing investment portfolios, and understanding personal tax implications, retirement plans and estate planning.

This elective course is specifically for non-business majors interested in learning financial literacy.

The class meets 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Comedy Sketch Writing

Comedy Sketch Writing introduces students to sketch writing basics including the five-point structure, various genres and proper formatting. Also discussed are comedic theories such as the Rule of Three, comedic heightening and joke formulas. Students will cast their sketches and see them performed by their classmates. Seeing sketches acted out is vital to the sketch-writing learning process and acting creates for better writing. 

The class meets 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Methods of Inquiry

Methods of Inquiry classes are courses taught by multiple faculty members from different disciplines to cover a common theme. Students are asked to reflect on what disciplinary methods they find most appealing or challenging and explain why.

Be Rational

Students will question what it really means to be “rational,” and how to know if reason is guiding one’s actions or thoughts. Students will explore what reason is and isn’t, and try to figure out if they are rational, if computers are more rational than humans, whether or not there is only rhyme and no reason in poetry — though, the professors of the course admit the answers aren’t as clear, or as reasonable, as one might think.

The course combines computer science, English and philosophy.

The class meets 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


The term “modern” is commonly used to mean “presently” or “just now.” However, modernity refers to a historical period particularly associated with the 19th century up until, or just prior to, WWII. 

In this course, students will look at modernity at the turn of the century as a way of seeing the world characterized by the rise of technology, the celebration and culmination of Enlightenment ideals and the formation of subjects who see and develop technology versus those who are seen as objects of photographic, literary or historical inquiry. The course considers texts and images from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and from North and South America, drawing on methods from history, literature and the visual arts to track the ways that modernity has been framed within the context of different geographic, cultural and disciplinary traditions.

The course combines history, English, and languages, literatures and cultures.

The class meets 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Media interested in covering these or any other classes at Marquette University should contact Shelby Williamson in the Office of Marketing and Communication at

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Shelby Williamson

Shelby is a senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Shelby at (414) 288-6712 or