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, several 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spanish Language and Cultures 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

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.

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.