University Honors Program

Marquette’s University Honors Program is designed for intellectually curious, academically engaged students who want to learn in a close-knit community of their peers at the heart of a vibrant research university. Its broadly based, interdisciplinary curriculum addresses our most pressing contemporary challenges with cutting-edge knowledge and research and the wisdom of centuries of Jesuit values and pedagogy. Our Honors values and learning outcomes emphasize curiosity and open-mindedness, active listening and dialogue, breadth of learning and experience, and a commitment to equity, justice, and human rights.

The UHP offers two ways to participate in Honors: Core Honors, in which students follow an Honors version of the Marquette Core Curriculum throughout their undergraduate career; and Disciplinary Honors, in which students do Honors work in their majors.  Students may participate in either program or both.  Core Honors is open to incoming first-year students, who apply after being accepted to Marquette; students apply to Disciplinary Honors programs in their sophomore year. For more information on both programs, view our values and learning outcomes, browse our website, or contact us!

News and Events

  • graduation 2022Congratulations Class of 2022 Graduates!
    Honors celebrated our graduates in a ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2022. A video of the slideshow featuring student's photos and future plans is available on the Honors Youtube page.
  • Congratulations to the 2022 Honors Undergraduate Summer Research Followship Awardees!
    Student awardees receive $3500 each for research or creative projects to be carried out June-August 2022. Awardees will present their research findings at the Honors Undergraduate Research Fair in Fall 2022!
    • Elizabeth Andrzejewski
      Zach Bukowski
      David Chrisbaum
      Macnessa Fidlin
      Lizzy Ibitoye
      Max Mantych
      Maryn Schaefbauer
      Divyank Sharma
      Dhruvaa Shroff
      Noah Smith
      Tommy Treacy
      Blake Trembath
      Stephanie Waldschmidt
      Will Wightkin
      Liz Wiltgen
      John Zeman

Congratulations to the Honors Study Abroad Award Winners for Summer and Fall 2022 programs!

Fiona Kelly-Miller, The American College of Greece, Fall 2022

Zoey Laipple, The American College of Greece, Fall 2022

Emma Strick, Literature, History, and Culture of Ireland, Summer 2022

Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium

November 11, 2021 | 
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Sensenbrenner Hall
Drop in between 4:30 and 6pm to learn about the research conducted by the 2021 Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship awardees and MU4Gold Research Scholars! Find out more about the researchers and their projects on the Honors Research Symposium webpage.

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Honors Action Research Team presents at the 2021 Assessment Insitute
The Honors Action Research Team offered a workshop at the international Assessment Institute, on Oct. 26, 2021, called "The Value of Student Partnership in Designing Program Outcomes and an Assessment Plan," following two years of work by the team. Kudos to honors students Kate Gustafson (PSYC 2021), Andrew Hirsh (EDUC 2021), Biluge Ntabala (POSC 2022), and Ashley Sanchez (BISC 2023)!

Spring 2022 Honors Courses
Spring 2022 courses in honors are now available on the website. Take a look at the course offerings in preperation for registration!

Ex Fabula X CORE 4929H X St. Joan Antida Workshop
Honors CORE 4929H hosted Saint Joan Antida high school students on Saturday, October 16 for a workshop with Ex Fabula. The workshop focused on vocational story telling.

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Honors Engaging the City classes take tours of Milwaukee with community-based historian Adam Carr focusing on civil rights, immigration, the history of its indigenous peoples, and other topics. Here, Bryan Rindfleisch's class explores indigenous Milwaukee.

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near west trip 3Honors Freshmen Visit the Near West Side Neighborhood
Honors freshmen went on a trip to Marquette’s Near West side on Saturday, October 2 to learn about MU’s community collaboration with the Near West Side Partners Group. Stops included Kilbourn Reservoir Park (pictures 1 and 2), Merrill Park, Swing Park, The New State, and Pete’s Pops. They also had an opportunity to chat with Keith Stanley, Executive Director of the NWSP and artist Fred Kaems while viewing his new mural in Merrill Park (picture 3).

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THEO 1001H Classes Visit the Haggerty Museum
All Honors Foundations of Theology classes visited the Haggerty Museum at the beginning of the Fall 21 semester to see and discuss a new exhibit, Double Vision: Art from Jesuit University Collections. The visit to the exhibit was part of an initial unit on Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus.The Honors Program THEO 1001 classes include focus a on the visual arts; classes will take another trip, in late September, to see the Chagall prints. Learn more about the exhibit here.

mu4gold gradsMarquette Honor's MU4Gold Scholars program graduates its first cohort of undergraduate researchers Spring 2021. Read about our first graduates of the program here.

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Spreading Positivity through Authentic Art
December 9, 2020
Inspired by the short documentary film "The Guerilla Bunny" which showcases a public art project in Massachusetts, Dr. Melissa Shew's HOPR 3957 class created painted rocks to spread positivity around campus. Read more about the project here.


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Honors Digest

Published Bi-Monthly
Read through the Honors Digest, a bi-monthly roundup for current students of various upcoming honors events, opportunities, research announcements and more! 
Read the current issue.

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Prestigious Fellowships

Competitive fellowships and scholarships offer unique opportunities, both nationally and internationally, to expand your horizons and deepen your understanding. 
Learn more about prestigious fellowships.

Student News & Accomplishments

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Congrats to Honors Junior David Chrisbaum and Honors Sophomore Joanna Gao presented their research Power of Partnernships: An Engaged Approach for Advancing Health and Wellbeing of the Near West Side Neighborhood at the Big East Research Symposium!

Congratulations to Honors Sophomore Isabel Bonebrake on winning a Milwaukee Press Club Journalistic Excellence Awards for Best Still Photographs/Photo award through her work as the Marquette Wire’s Executive Photo Editor.

Honors Senior Maaz Ahmed was accepted into the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program’s 2022 cohort. The program is dedicated to supporting BIPOC theatremakers. Each scholarship recipient is awarded a financial grant of $8,000, mentorship through five online seminars, and an all-expenses-paid New York City excursion. Congratulations Maaz!

gomezHonors Senior Jessie Gomez presented her research Severity Measures in Dental Lesions at the 91st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Biological Anthropology. Her research abstract was also published in Volume 177, Issue S73 of the American Journal of Biological Anthropology.

Congratulations to Honors Freshman Drew Donahoe, who was awarded the Opus Dean’s Award to Outstanding First Year Students in the Opus College of Engineering. 

In March, Honors Freshman Abby Brack presented the research poster Psychological, Social and Demographic Predictors of Womanist Identity Development at the Association for Women in Psychology conference as a co-author.

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The Marquette University Boxing Club, founded and led by Honors Junior Pouya Mirzaei, won best new club of the year by the MUSG. Congrats, Pouya!

Congratulations to Honors students Erin Nugent, Amanda Pastrick, and Laryn Zvokel on winning the Spring 2022 Honors Study Abroad Awards. Amanda and Laryn will both be attending King’s College in London, England and Erin will be attending the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Congratulations also go to Maddie Clark and Selah Alft who were also awarded study abroad funds, but their study abroad programs have been cancelled.

Honors Sophomore Leen Mortada was featured in the November 29, 2021 episode of the “Our Roots Say That We’re Sisters” podcast series, a platform that gives BIPOC women of Marquette a space to be heard. Listen to the podcast on the Our Roots Say That We're Sisters webpage.

kopacki Congratulations to Honors Freshman Marshall Kopacki on winning the Rare Artist Competition, an art contest for people with rare chronic conditions organized by the Every Life Foundation. Marshall's artwork, Boys are Girls are Bugs, will be displayed at Capitol Hill, and a donation will be made in his name to the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation. Find out more about the contest and read Marshall's artist statement on the Rare Artist Competition webpage.

Honors Senior Lexi Harwick presented at the MU Center for Peacemaking's Soup with Substance event on October 27, 2021 to share her summer research "Domestic Violence Shelters and Outreach in Non-Urban Locations" as a summer peacemaking fellowship recipient. A recording of the event can be watched on Youtube.

Honors Sophomore Litzy Ponce was included as a guest in the Center for Peacemaking's Soup with Substance series on September 22, 2021 to reflect on her peacemaking internship with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America. A recording of the event can be viewed on the Center for Peacemaking's Youtube channel.

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