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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


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 Goes to the Milwaukee Film Festival
Students in the first year seminar HOPR 1953H, 905 Adapting Short Fiction for the Screen took a field trip to the Milwaukee Film Festival.

milwaukee film festival

Applications for Honors study-abroad scholarships due 10/2
The UHP will be awarding 2 scholarships of $500 each for study abroad in an OIE-approved program for spring 2018. Click here for more information and instructions on how to apply.

First Years Take an In-Depth Look at Milwaukee’s Visual Arts
One of this fall’s first-year seminars focuses on Visual Arts and is team taught by Lynne Shumow, Curator of Education at the Haggerty, and Dr. Deirdre Dempsey, Associate Professor in Theology. Milwaukee is home to a vibrant arts scene with a diverse community of talented artists. The seminar gives students the opportunity to meet several of these artists, observe their creative process, and view, firsthand, some of the most interesting art work being made in Milwaukee

HOPR sculpture

Honors Sophomores Preview "I'm not who you think I am" with Rose Curley
As part of the Honors sophomore seminar HOPR 2953H The Art and Science of Creativity with Tim Cigelske, students met with Rose Curley who does stand-up: I'm not who you think I am. Rose Margaret Curley tells all, exposing the absurdity of perception versus reality from her unusual circumstances: a Black woman raised by a white family in Milwaukee. Curley also spoke at the Haggerty Museum of Art in mid September.
rose curley

All-Honors Welcome Picnic
Honors sophomores, juniors, and seniors welcomed the first-years to campus with a barbecue picnic in the central mall.


Orientation Welcome Reception for Families
Parents said goodbye to their sons and daughters and stopped at the Honors Program on their way out to have refreshments and to meet Honors staff and families.

Honors in the news: Marquette Journal

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  • University Honors Program Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Thursday Nov. 2, 2017
    4 to 6 p.m.
    Sensenbrenner Hall Atriums
  • 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

Honors Program Hosts Part 3 of Immigration Lecture Series
Immigration and State Membership in the 21st Century
By Ruth Ann Belknap, Nursing
The lecture, part of 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.

Honors Junior Seminar: Mission to Mars
Honors juniors explored the possibility of safe human travel to Mars through a spring lecture series.  

mission to mars

Pizza with Professors
Honors faculty and Honors students eat together and enjoy a night of pizza in the living-learning dining hall in Straz Tower.
Pizza with Profs

Honors Forum with Matt Hanson
Dr. Jenn Finn, History, teaches an honors seminar on Athletes through the Ages. Her class hosted professional athlete Matt Hanson, an Ironman triathlete and winner of the 2015 North American Ironman Championship.

Honors Students Study Tolkien's Collection
Did you know that Marquette University owns the original manuscripts for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings? William Fliss teaches a first-year seminar on the classic work and was recently interviewed by CBS 58 on Sunday Morning Spotlight regarding the original manuscripts of the famed English author. See the video clip.

Bee the Difference
Enterprising Honors senior Maggie Stang helped church leaders act on their dream by uniting two programs that are now enrolling a handful of meal program guests, affording them respect and responsibility along with an opportunity to learn the art and science of beekeeping.

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Marquette Journal, December issue