Interested in learning more about the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences? Meet some of our current students, find out what they're majoring in and discover why they chose our college at Marquette University.

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AmandaAmanda H. 

  • Hometown: Western Springs, IL
  • Major: English Writing Intensive
  • Minor: History & Peace Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Activities: Undergraduate English Advisory Board, Eat Read Love (book club), Camino, SEA Literacy, Sigma Tau Delta (National English Honor Society)
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? The College of Arts and Sciences is interdisciplinary and allows me to take the classes that I enjoy, while also getting credit for them. I choose Marquette specifically because I could imagine myself going there. It felt like home for me. I did the overnight shadow program my senior year and got to shadow classes. Everyone, teachers and students, were so friendly and welcoming to me. After this experience, I knew I wanted to go to Marquette.
  • Why did you pick your major? I originally came to Marquette as a Biology major, then Undecided my freshman year. After taking my English classes, I realized I loved them all and decided that it made sense to major in what I love. Also, those English classes were small and discussion-based, which is my ideal class.
  • Career Goals: When I graduate I want to become a children's author. I want to write children's books on social justice issues. I have already written a rough draft of a children's pop-up book on Islamophobia.  Another career I want to pursue is to become an English Second Language Tutor/Teacher.

JohnJohn K.

  • Hometown: Bannockburn, IL
  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Activities: Biological Undergraduate Society (President), Marquette University School of Dentistry research lab member, Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Vice-president), Pre-Dental Organization, Certified Tutor at Marquette University Athletic Department Academic Center, Volunteer at Marquette Midnight Run and Frieden's Pantry
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? ​As the largest college on campus, Klingler college of A&S offers a flexible and diverse learning environment which allowed me to explore many facets of scholarship at my time here at Marquette.
  • Why did you pick your major? I knew dental school was the goal for me, so biology has been the means by which I can realize that goal. Being a biological sciences major in the college of Arts and Sciences has given me opportunities to learn about the field of science, collaborate with faculty, and even expand my interests in other fields. Combining my learning experiences of my core science lecture and lab classes with electives like history and psychology, for example, has been beneficial to my well-rounded and diverse education. Furthermore, the biology department fosters the development of strong critical thinking skills in the many fields of biology through deliberate course planning and preparation. Knowing these strengths influenced my decision of becoming a biological sciences major.
  • Career Goals: I have aspirations of attending dental school after my undergraduate career.

DannyDanny T.

  • Hometown: South Elgin, IL
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Activities: Club Volleyball, Global Brigades, Tour Guide
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I chose this college because of its quality and the type of people that make up the college’s population. The advisors are excellent, the teachers are inspiring, and most of all you are given many different opportunities to engage in different subject areas within the college. Overall, I feel well- rounded and ready to enter the job-market because of the college.
  • Why did you pick your major? Computer science is something I have always had a passion for. At Marquette it is a quickly growing major that is exciting to be apart of every day. There is a lot of opportunity to grow and do research as well as take interesting electives.
  • Career Goals: I am aiming to be a software engineer or possibly run my own business in the technological industry.

JosieJosie Z.

  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Major: Computer Science, Mathematics
  • Minor: Business Administration 
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Activities: Association of Computing Machinery, Upsilon Pi Epsilon Comp. Sci. Honors Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Math Honors Society, Girls Who Code, Club Rock Climbing
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I chose Marquette for its Jesuit roots and quality programs. I loved the urban environment, inclusive atmosphere, and number of extracurricular opportunities both related to my field and just for enjoyment.
  • Why did you pick your major? I had the opportunity to get involved with computer science in high school and loved the problem solving, technology, and math components. I knew I wanted to enter the software field and I wanted to learn more about computers and coding.
  • Career Goals: Immediately, I intend to enter the healthcare software field as a developer. My goals for the future include pursuing a managerial track within a tech company. I also have an interest in astronomy and would like to look into opportunities to work on software in an aeronautics and space company such as NASA.

AveryAvery G.

  • Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Minor: Philosophy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Activities: Association for Computing Machinery, Uplison Pi Epsilon Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Honor Society, Teaching Assistant, Lab Instructor
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I chose Marquette because the people and community stood out to me. In particular, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide range of interesting classes and, over my four years, I was able to discover my love for other subjects other than technology as well as people from all different types of backgrounds.
  • Why did you pick your major? I've been interested in computers from a very young age. However, there is a multitude of technology majors. When deciding between the computer disciplines, I realized that I would be more interested in coding and software rather than working with the hardware aspect.
  • Career Goals: After graduating, I plan on pursuing a career in Software Development and putting my software engineering practices to the test while gaining experience in the business world.

NoahNoah S.

  • Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa
  • Major: English and German
  • Graduation Year: 2023
  • Activities: Midnight Run, MU4Gold Scholars, Le Cercle Français, M.A.P.
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? There are so many options, which makes it infinitely easier to double major or pick up a minor in another discipline that may be completely unrelated to what your primary major is, but yet you are still passionate about it and want to learn more about it.
  • Why did you pick your major? The courses for German and English are engaging and have small class sizes, no massive lectures. Also, the order in which students take their courses is very flexible; there are many options, and it is very easy to take upper level classes concerning topics you are interested in without having to take a bunch of pre-requisites.
  • Career Goals: Though graduation is far away, I hope to pursue a graduate program in Germany under a Fulbright Scholarship to study German Literature and work in higher education.

NinaNina G.

  • Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL
  • Major: History, English Literature
  • Minor: Medieval Studies
  • Graduation Year: Spring 2020
  • Activities: Jewish Student Union (President), Academic Integrity Council, McNair Scholars Program, Campus tour guides, College Democrats
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? ​The opportunities I knew I would have with faculty were a major part in my decision to pursue study in the KCAS. The small class sizes, passionate faculty, and ability to shift between majors and minors in my first two years made it so that my home within this college was assured. 
  • Why did you pick your major? ​I've been a history major from the start, but I didn't pick up the English literature major until my sophomore year. My English faculty have been the people who have most shaped my abilities as a scholar and overall person. Now, as I go on to grad school for English literature, I look back with absolutely no regrets about my choices to pursue both English and History. 
  • Career Goals: I am moving on to the English literature PhD program at the University of Texas at Austin starting in the fall of 2020. My ultimate goal is to be a literature professor, but I have six more years of graduate study before I can cross that bridge!

DevinDevin M.

  • Major: Economics, French, and Interdisciplinary Gender & Sexualities Studies
  • Minor: Literature, and Theology
  • Graduation Year: Spring 2020
  • Activities: March For Our Lives, Tabletop Gaming Club, Resident Assistant, Honors Program, Band
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? For me Marquette was an easy choice: I loved it’s Jesuit values of excellence, education, and service. Combine that with an Arts & Sciences college that supports me in all my interdisciplinary academic endeavors and I could not be happier.
  • Why did you pick your major? I have always saw my undergraduate experience as a means of me learning about as many different experiences and philosophies as I could and that is why I picked the majors that I did. I wanted to explore economic theories of change, intersectional feminist thinking around identity, and improve my French all at the same time.
  • Career Goals: I’m attending Law School in the fall, with the hope of someday being on the federal judiciary.

MichaelMichael P.

  • Hometown: Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Major: History
  • Minor: Public History
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Activities: Disciplinary Honors in Humanities, Phi Alpha Theta, Discovery Days, National History Day volunteer, and Klingler College of Arts and Sciences 2019 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship recipient for my research, Social Dynamics in the Dachau Concentration Camp.
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I chose to study at Marquette for a few reasons. Upon my initial tour of the campus I felt the sense of community between the staff and the students, one that I have been incorporated into and love being apart of. The staff and faculty here at Marquette are very approachable, which definitely made the difference when making my decision to attend.
  • Why did you pick your major? A phenomenal aspect of studying history is that everything from a geographical location to an individual object is influenced by history’s change over time. By examining the world through a historical lens I can dive into any subject matter, which is the most attractive characteristic of perusing a history degree to me. I have always been drawn to understanding the past to ensure my understanding of not only the present but also future events.
  • Career Goals: As a current Marquette senior, I plan on continuing my passion for history in my graduate program at University of Oklahoma this upcoming fall. After achieving my Master’s degree I plan on continuing my education to achieve my Doctorate degree.

AbbyAbby G.

  • Hometown: Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Majors: International Affairs and History 
  • Minor: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2020
  • Activities: Resident Assistant in the Straz Tower Honors LLC, Marquette Honors Program, Les Aspin Center for Government, Milwaukee Justice Center Undergraduate Intern, Lost Neighborhood Project Intern, CHAARG, Alpha Sigma Nu, Honors Peer Mentorship Program, and Marquette Alumni Mentorship Program. 
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? ​I chose Marquette because it brought together my desire to go to college in a big city and capitalize on the opportunities Milwaukee has to offer, while also having the close-knight community Marquette offers. I liked that class sizes were small, especially in College of Arts and Science, and that there were many opportunities to get involved in research and to be able to talk to professors and learn more about their research as well. For me, Marquette seemed like a place where I would be more than just another face in a class and that I would have access to opportunities as an underclassmen, which was very important to me. 
  • Why did you pick your major? ​I picked International Affairs, because I was really torn between Political Science and Economics and interdisciplinary aspect of International Affairs married my different interests together while still allowing me to explore each sub-field more. I had an interest in current events and politics as well so I was able to study what I was passionate about and learn even more. I also added a History major, because they were my favorite classes in high school and I wanted the opportunity to expand on that more. The History major at Marquette is very open and I liked the idea of being able to build my major around my personal history interests. 
  • Career Goals: I will be attending law school in the fall, with aspirations of using my law degree to work in policy analysis.

EllieEllie M.

  • Hometown: Orland Park, IL
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Biology, Music, and Neuroscience
  • Graduation Year: May 2021
  • Activities: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Marquette University Band, University Honors Program, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, National Residence Hall Honorary, two campus research labs, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? ​I chose A&S because I loved the level of flexibility that the college offered me. In this college, I can freely explore anything that I am interested in and are surrounded by faculty and staff who encourage me to try new things. While I began as a Psychology major, I found a love for Biology through the support of my professors, and now am hoping to make that my future career. A&S allows you the freedom to try new things and branch out of your comfort zone, which I believe was key in discovering my future career path and ultimately shaped me as a student.
  • Why did you pick your major? ​I chose Psychology because I liked how many options that major offered me. Psychology is a great place to start in pretty much any field, since it has implications in healthcare, education, and Human Resources. Through the support of faculty, I realized that I was very interested in the more biological aspect of this discipline, so I have a focus on neuroscience. The Psychology department is a multifaceted group of professors who come from a variety of experiences, so they guided me along my way and provided valuable advice that I still consider today. If it were not for the diversity of my major and the variety of its professors, I would not have discovered what I wanted to do. 
  • Career Goals: I am hoping to go to graduate school and earn a PhD so that I can become a professor and give back to my students how my professors supported me.

JohnJohn A.

  • Hometown: Bourbonnais, IL
  • Major: Computer Science, Mathematics, & Theology and Religion
  • Minor: N/A
  • Graduation Year: Spring 2022
  • Activities: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Camino
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I have found the College of Arts and Sciences to be very welcoming and open to multidisciplinary work. I have had conversations with professors in all three majors of mine on a wide variety of topics. All of the faculty I have interacted with have been incredibly supported of my wide variety of interests and take time to make sure I am accomplishing what I have set out to do. I’ve enjoyed my time in the College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette and am very proud to be a part of it.
  • Why did you pick you major? My process of picking my major was a bit of a confusing one. I initially came in as a Mechanical Engineering Major, but I quickly realized my passion lied in computing and mathematics, and not in physics. So, I switched to Computer Science and Math as the two majors complement each other very well. My passion for technology and problem solving has continued to grow exponentially. I am very happy with the switch and I can’t wait to put my education to the test in research and after my undergraduate years. Along with my first two majors, I also have a third: Theology and Religion. By the time I switched to Computer Science and Math, I was in a Theology course and an Honors Seminar course based in Theology. I had always had a personal passion for this topic throughout my childhood, and after enjoying these classes greatly, I decided to add Theology as my third major. I find the drastic change in disciplines to be a nice balance to my work in Computer Science and Math.
  • Career Goals: I have currently trying to decide between pursuing my PhD in Computer Science or being a software developer in industry. My professors have helped me greatly in guiding me along this path and helping me with each decision I need to make. The topics I am interested in are systems, computer science education, artificial intelligence, and robotics.

 NikitaNikita D.

  • Hometown: Antigo, WI
  • Major: Psychology and Theology
  • Minor: Ethics
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Activities: Ott Memorial Writing Center Tutor; Big Sister (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Milwaukee);Research [which includes: MU4Gold Research Scholars Program (A bioethics meta-analysis on the ethical implications of using Nazi experimental data); Being a Research Assistant (English department faculty member's project on rhetoric in emergency medicine communication); Langlade County DA's Office (research project on efficacy of criminal diversion programs); Current research interests include topics in post-colonial theology];
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? My major from the start was housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, but there were other aspects of A&S that drew me in. One big one was the MU4Gold Research Scholars Program. Something else that I liked was the rich variety of disciplines within A&S. During my freshman year, I was unsure which track I wanted to follow, but it was nice to know that many of my often-changing interests at the time could all be found in majors under the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences!
  • Why did you pick your major? I have been a psychology major since my arrival at Marquette, and I picked this particular major mainly because I could see myself applying the knowledge I acquired to any career path I embarked upon. Psychology is relevant to so many disciplines, from history to anthropology to biology to economics! An understanding of how the human mind works--at a biological, cognitive, or behavioral level--provides some valuable insight in nearly any interpersonal setting. I recently took on Theology as a second major. The line "faith seeking understanding" carries a lot of weight for me. I think studying Theology has helped me craft a new approach to understanding my own faith and examine current affairs through a different lens.
  •  Career Goals: I am hoping to attend law school after graduation!

 JonathonJonathon J.

  • Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois
  • Major: Secondary Education and English
  • Minor: Interdisciplinary Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Activities: Undergraduate English Advisory Board
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I chose Marquette because it offered me the best of both worlds meanings that not only would this environment allow me to excel academically, but also socially and personally. Marquette’s education is meant as a life education. The Klinger College of Arts and Sciences embodies this idea by allowing me to explore my academic and personal passions along with professors that serve as mentors in both areas.
  • Why did you pick your major? I chose Secondary Education because I’ve always wanted to help people and with my passion for education it made becoming a teacher a no-brainer. Since then, my experiences inside and outside the classroom have cemented that decision and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I also chose English because I’ve always had a love for reading and writing. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the subject in hopes of showing my students the awesomeness that is English as a discipline. 
  • Career Goals: I hope to one day influence school curriculum on a federal level.

PatrickPatrick V.

  • Hometown: Kimberly, Wisconsin
  • Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Graduation Year: May 2020
  • Activities: Biological Undergraduate Society (President), CheMU (Vice President), Research Assistant (Maki Microbial Ecology Laboratory), Aurora Sinai Medical Center HELP Volunteer, Marquette Action Program (Group Leader)
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? The Klingler College of Arts and Science provided a wide spectrum of fields to explore and strong departments in which to delve deep into a field of interest. This combination allowed me to identify the major for me and use that major to lay a foundation on which to build a career and life.
  • Why did you pick your major? I initially chose to major in biochemistry and molecular biology because I thought that exposure to both biology and chemistry would help me become a well-rounded scientist. The curriculum fascinated me and proved especially applicable with the explosion of biotechnology in recent history. The major additionally places students within striking distance of careers in academia, industrial research, or healthcare.
  • Career Goals: Medicine

JohnJohn K.

  • Hometown: Deerfield, IL
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering and Physics
  • Graduation Year: Spring, 2020
  • Activities: Sigma Phi Delta Engineering Fraternity, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honors Society, Co-op at Astronautics Corporation of America, research experience in engine technology at Marquette University
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I started my education at Marquette University as a mechanical engineering major. However after taking both the freshman physics courses and various engineering courses, I realized that I wanted to further explore the science behind many of the engineering concepts and applications learned about in class. So, I turned to the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences to start a second degree in physics. This has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of many of the engineering concepts discussed throughout class, and opens a whole new range of engineering applications in the field of physics.
  • Why did you pick your major? I chose my mechanical engineering major because I was fascinated by the broad range of applications mechanical engineering has in the modern world. After having a very successful first year in both engineering and freshman physics courses, I decided to pick up a second major in physics. While engineering explores the applications of science, physics explores why that science exists, and further explores new science for applications to be made for. Both majors compliment one another, with many concepts and classes being shared between the two departments. 
  • Career Goals: For now I want to continue my education at Marquette University and someday work in either the aerospace or robotic industry, or work in academia. 

FrancescaFrancesca M.

  • Hometown: Lake Forest, IL
  • Major: Psychology 
  • Minor: Writing Intensive English
  • Graduation Year: 2022
  • Activities: Just Brew It (Marquette’s Coffee Club), Club Curling
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? There are so many different paths to take and classes that encourage finding what interests you! Being surrounded by so many passionate professors and peers makes it a fun community to be apart of. :)
  • Why did you pick your major? I was always fascinated by neuroscience and really wanted to get involved with all the research opportunities at Marquette.
  • Career Goals: Psychology is a really awesome major in that it allows me to really apply it to any field. You can go into research, counseling, medicine, or even law!  I want to be a nurse and I feel like psychology has prepared me to be there for future patients with an extra level of compassion. 

AmiaAmia B.

  • Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
  • Major: History and Spanish (Language, Literature, & Culture)
  • Minor: Theology & Religion
  • Graduation Year: May 2020
  • Activities: Marquette Women's Rugby Football Club, President of Alpha Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta (Historical Honors Society), Gamma Gamma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), College Democrats, and the Marquette Minority Mentors Program.
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I initially picked the College of Arts and Sciences because I came in undecided and believed being in that college would allow me more flexibility with "figuring things out". Additionally,  the college offers a large assortment of classes one can take in order to find a subject they enjoy and want to pursue studying. My first year at Marquette I took courses ranging from Statistics, Criminology, and Psychology to Spanish, History, and Theology. The latter three subjects eventually became my three focuses of study.
  • Why did you pick your major? ​I was undecided for a long time, but after having some amazing professors, my interest and love for history, Spanish, and theology grew. I distinctly remember the professors I had my first semester at Marquette, how they were welcoming and passionate about the topics they were teaching.  A theology course with Dr. Saint-Laurent, a western civilization history course with Dr. McMahon , and a Spanish course with Prof. Escudero all piqued my interest enough to where I pursued each subject matter in depth. 
  • Career Goals: I will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching while teaching middle school social studies in Louisville, KY. Additionally, I hope to further my education and in the next ten years earn a Master's in a social science, I am currently between sociology and history. 

ClareClare U.

  • Hometown: Crystal Lake, Il
  • Major: Physics and Philosophy double major
  • Graduation Year: 2021
  • Activities: MU4Gold Research Program, E-Lead Program, intramural Volleyball
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I chose Marquette College of Arts and Sciences because it offered a wide variety of majors and concentrations with strong programs across the board. I’m an indecisive person, so I loved the fact that I could switch majors and have a great education regardless of where I ended up.  Klingler also values undergraduate research and exposure to professional opportunities early in the academic career, which was something that was a huge draw for me. 
  • Why did you pick your major? I am someone who has always loved math and science, so physics was a natural fit for me. The physics courses I took my freshman year were so well-structured and interesting that my decision was immediately confirmed. As for philosophy, my first semester intro course really sold me on the major as a whole. I found connections in ever course I took and it shaped how I looked at life and academics. 
  • Career Goals: I want to be a patent lawyer, which requires a degree in a hard science like physics. I went into school with a general idea of what I liked and the pieces sort of fell into place. Philosophy has also been integral in preparing for my next step towards law school, with courses in logic and ethics being essential. 

KatherineKatherine W.

  • Hometown: Madison, WI
  • Major: Economics and International Affairs
  • Minor: Business Administration and Spanish
  • Graduation Year: Spring 2022
  • Activities: University Honors Program, Center for Peacemaking student researcher, Campus Ministry Sacristan, Marquette for Life Vice President, Saoirse Irish Dance team Events Coordinator, Mateo Ricci Global Scholar, Sigma Iota Rho officer
  • Why the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette? I chose A&S because the option for an interdisciplinary major like International Affairs allows me to tailor my education to the skills and knowledge I want to learn to be successful in the future. The resources in the College of Arts and Sciences have been extremely helpful, from filling out paperwork to deciding the best classes to take to every question in between.
  • Why did you pick your major? I picked Economics because I want to have strong financial fundamentals and analytic skills. I chose the international affairs major to apply my economics skills to the global landscape and to ensure that I will always have a multidimensional perspective looking at complex issues.
  • Career Goals: In the future I hope to use my comprehension of the movement of money across borders to aid the United States government in international negotiations and relations.