Planning Your Core Courses

Each knowledge area provides an essential part of an integrated set of ideas, intellectual approaches, and values. As you complete these courses, you should be able to see more and more of the “big picture,” that is, the way the approaches of different intellectual disciplines can be brought together to address human problems. Through the courses in the Core, you lay the foundation of a well-rounded education that declares, “We are Marquette.” The best way to take full advantage of the Core is to start with the courses that build the foundation of basic forms of knowledge, and then move to courses in the knowledge areas.

  • Start with courses in rhetoric (6 credits) and mathematical and logical reasoning (3 credits)
  • Next, take basic theology, human nature courses (you will eventually need 6 credits of theology and 6 in ethics and human nature)
  • Then, add courses in science and nature, individual and social behavior, literature and performing arts, histories of cultures and societies, and diverse cultures (you will need one course from each of these areas)
  • Finally, complete the Core with more advanced theology and ethics courses (complete your 6 credits of theology and 6 of human nature and ethics)


You’ve completed your Core of Common Studies when you’ve taken:

  • 6 credits of Rhetoric
  • 3 credits of Mathematical Reasoning
  • 3 credits of Literature and Performing Arts
  • 3 credits of Histories of Cultures and Societies
  • 3 credits of Science and Nature
  • 3 credits of Individual and Social Behavior
  • 3 credits of Diverse Cultures
  • 6 credits of Theology
  • 6 credits of Human Nature and Ethics

36 total credits


Learning outcomes:

The Core of Common Studies has two sets of learning outcomes:

Knowledge Area Learning Outcomes

Integrated Core Learning Outcomes



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