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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. The University Honors Program offers an intense, individualized and experiential education by which students learn to become leaders — at Marquette and in their careers.

News and Events


Check out the new Honors Photo Gallery

Looking ahead to the Honors Commencement Ceremony & Reception
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Ceremony and refreshments 3 to 4 p.m.
(no tickets required)
(Academic apparel will NOT be worn)
Alumni Memorial Union
1442 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Grand Ballroom –3rd Floor

Honors student performs for the Pope

Recent Honors graduate Matthew Serafin (Communication, Dec. 2017) just returned from performing for the pope with Up with People, a program providing experiential learning with a blend of music, social action, and travel. The group, representing 20 different countries, performed an original Up with People song called "What Color is God's Skin?" and performed for 30,000 people. See the video here

Creative Stress Relief
The students in the Honors sophomore seminar The Art and Science of Creativity invited Marquette students, faculty and staff to the Marquette 707 Hub for a pre-finals week creative stress relief activities. Activities included: Irish dance lessons, deep thoughts with Matt and Connor, candy and cereal necklaces, giant Jenga and snacks, hot cocoa, coloring/snowflake making, cookies and compliments, and awesome music.
creative stress relief

Honors Program Announces Study Abroad Scholarships for Spring 2018
Congratulations to Dan Brophy and Andrew Himmelberg for winning the Honors study abroad scholarships for spring 2018. The alternate is Nina Gary.
Dan Brophy, A&S, for Saint Louis University en Madrid, Spain
Andrew Himmelberg, A&S, for Kings College, London,
Nina Gary, A&S, for Kings College, London

Honors in the news: Marquette Journal

More Honors news


  • HOPR 3957H #blacklivesmatter
    A Public Lecture: Asserting Black Agency in the History of American Media and Culture
    Donte McFadden, Educational Opportunity Program and Ronald E. McNair Program
    Wed. 2/21, 5 – 6:15 pm
    Marquette Hall 200
    Honors juniors are critically examinating the #blacklivesmatter movement, reactions to it, and the social, political and economic atmosphere which created the conditions for its birth.This lecture, free and open to the public, is the first in the junior seminar's 3-part lecture series.
  • Honors Director Travels to Nicaragua
    Honors Director Amelia Zurcher accompanied students on the first-ever College of Arts & Sciences Global Brigades trip, a Public Health Brigade, to Nicaragua in January. More Information.
  • Spring Advising Calendars Available
    Honors advisor Dr. Karalee Surface is available to discuss academic progress, Honors and other requirements, course and major and minor selection, and any other academic matter. She can also help with referrals to other units on campus. Dr. Surface's hours are available on the current student page with links to her monthly calendars.
  • Final Presentations in the Honors Junior Seminar on Immigration
    The Honors Junior seminar HOPR 3957H explored a variety of questions engendered by the reality and persistence of human migration across the globe, especially in terms of the immigration debate in the United States. The class presented final presentations in December. More Pictures
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  • A First-Year Honor Student Shines

    Ariana Madson is a freshman in the Honors Program with a major in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in music. She's also the star of this year’s Marquette Christmas video.
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  • Honors First-Year Seminar in the News
    Assistant English Professor Gerry Canavan is offering an honors, pass-fail course this semester for freshman called Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, after the musical's creator. Canavan uses the soundtrack, videos and lyrics as well as the Ron Chernow biography of Alexander Hamilton, which Miranda used as inspiration for the play. The Associated Press has picked up the story: The New York Times

    University Honors Program Undergraduate Research Symposium
    The University Honors Program awards summer undergraduate research stipends to Honors students on a competitive basis for research to be performed between June and August. The Honors Undergraduate Research Project is intended to provide the Honors Student with an opportunity to participate in, conduct, write up, and disseminate an original research project with a university faculty member. Free and open to the public. Refreshments. More information

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Honors in the news

Marquette Journal, December issue