Undergraduate Degree Requirements

The College of Professional Studies builds on the foundational educational experience provided by Marquette's Core of Common Studies. The curriculum amplifies and deepens the knowledge, skills and values students glean from the nine knowledge areas of the core, and it offers students opportunities to develop specialized knowledge and skills in several undergraduate majors and minors.

The College of Professional Studies' advising, instruction, curriculum and assessment programs provide an educational environment for a diverse population of adult students marked by excellence, faith, leadership and service.

Common core and additional skill credits (57-60)

  • Major credits: 30-35
  • Minor credits (optional): 18-21
  • Elective credits: 10-24

Please consult the Office of the Provost's Web site at www.marquette.edu/provost for additional and updated information on the core.

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Common core courses

Students must complete 36 credit hours in the nine knowledge areas:

Knowledge area Credit hours
Rhetoric (R) 6 credit hours
Mathematical Reasoning (MR) 3 credit hours
Individual and Social Behavior (ISB) 3 credit hours
Diverse Cultures (DC) 3 credit hours
Literature/Performing Arts (LPA) 3 credit hours
Histories of Cultures and Societies (HCS) 3 credit hours
Science and Nature (SN) 3 credit hours
Human Nature and Ethics (HNE) 6 credit hours
Theology (T) 6 credit hours
Total common core courses 36 credit hours


Leadership courses required for the college curriculum

Students must complete 15 credit hours of leadership skills for all majors:

Course No. Course Name Credit hours
LEOR 2050 Leading Teams and Groups 3 credit hours
LEOR 2100 History and Theories of Leadership 3 credit hours
LEOR 3150 Leadership and Diversity In Organizations* 3 credit hours
LEOR 3160 Systems Thinking  
LEOR 3610 Leaders as Communicators  
Total leadership courses 15 credit hours


* Courses fulfill University Core of Common Studies and college curriculum.

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Additional skills courses
Students must complete an additional 6-12 credit hours of skills courses:

Course No. Course Name Credit hours
PRST 2110 Principles of Liberal Studies 3 credit hours
CMST 3210 Business and Professional Presentations 3 credit hours
PRST 1001 Foundations of Learning** 3 credit hours
PRST 1005 Fundamentals of College Reading and Writing** 3 credit hours
Total additional skill courses 6-12 credit hours


** Optional course that may be required. Consult with your adviser.

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Discipline courses

Students are required to complete course work in specific discipline areas, including:

**FOUNDATIONS OF LEARNING (3 credit hours)
For increased success, some new students may be required to complete PRST 1001. This course is considered an elective, although it may be required for your program. Consult your adviser.

**FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE READING AND WRITING (3 credit hours)
Focuses on the reading and writing skills necessary for success in the college's core curriculum courses. Students may be required to register for this course upon the recommendation of the admissions committee as a condition of enrollment. Consult your adviser.

PRINCIPLES OF LIBERAL STUDIES (3 credit hours)
Students are required to complete PRST 2110 during their first two years. See the course description for more information.

ENGLISH/COMPOSITION/COMMUNICATION (9 credit hours)
Students are required to complete six credit hours of English composition and six credit hours of communications-based course for 12 credit hours. College of Professional Studies students are required to take ENGL 1001 and ENGL 1002, Rhetoric and Composition 1 and 2*; and CMST 3210, Business and Professional Presentations.

HISTORY (6 credit hours)
Students are required to complete six credit hours of history. Generally, College of Professional Studies students complete their history requirement with HIST 1001 and 1002, Growth of Western Civilization 1 and 2*.

LITERATURE (6 credit hours)
Students are required to complete six credit hours of literature. Generally, College of Professional Studies students complete their literature requirement with ENGL 2410, Survey of English Literature 1*, and ENGL 2510, Survey of American Literature 1*.

MATHEMATICS (6 credit hours)
Students are required to complete six credit hours of mathematics, of which three hours must be PRST 2140, Research and Statistical Methods* (except for Psychology majors). The remaining credit hours depend on students' needs.

Course No. Course Name Credit hours
MATH 1100 College Algebra 3 credit hours
PRST 1140 Foundations of Applied Mathematics 3 credit hours

NATURAL SCIENCE (3 credit hours)
Students are required to complete PRST 1120, Aspects of Modern Science*, for three credit hours. Additional and/or different natural science courses may be approved by the college.

PHILOSOPHY (6 credit hours)
Students are required to complete PHIL 1001, Philosophy of Human Nature* and PHIL 2310, Theory of Ethics* for a total of 6 credit hours.  

SOCIAL-BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (9 credit hours)
Students are required to complete six credit hours of social-behavioral science, of which three hours must be PSYC 1001, General Psychology* and three hours must be LEOR 2220, Economic Theory and Practice. Students may choose one of the following for the remaining three hours:

Course No. Course Name Credit hours
ANTH 1001 Introductory Anthropology* 3 credit hours
CRLS 1001 Introduction to Criminology* 3 credit hours
POSC 2201 American Politics* 3 credit hours
SOCI 1001 Principles of Sociology* 3 credit hours


THEOLOGY
(6 credit hours)
Students are required to complete THEO 1001, Introduction to Theology*, and one second-level theology course (THEO 2000-level) for six credit hours. THEO 2400, Christian Discipleship*, is suggested as a second-level selection.

* Courses fulfill University Core of Common Studies and college curriculum.

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Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298