A Well-Rounded Curriculum

Prepare for Tomorrow

Think how much the world has changed since you started high school. What’ll it be like in another four years? Ten years? Twenty?

In the Diederich College of Communication, you gain the knowledge and skills to manage change throughout your professional career.
Start with the University Core of Common Studies, exploring human behavior, faith and culture through courses in the arts and sciences.
Build on this base with Diederich College classes in communications theory and practice, developing specialized knowledge in your major.
Sharpen your skills through involvement in our student-run media, theatre, clubs and activities and professional internships—gaining
hands-on experience from day one.

Throughout your studies, you’ll find an emphasis on community service, values and ethics that prepares you for responsible citizenship
in an ever-changing world.

University Core of Common Studies

These are the knowledge areas all Marquette University students address—the intellectual heart of a Marquette education.
Core courses include the following:

Examining the World

    Rhetoric – 6 credits
    Mathematical Reasoning – 3 credits

Evaluating the World

    Human Nature and Ethics – 6 credits
    Theology – 6 credits

Engaging the World

    Diverse Cultures – 3 credits
    Histories of Cultures and Societies – 3 credits
    Individual and Social Behavior – 3 credits
    Literature and Performing Arts – 3 credits
    Science and Nature – 3 credits

For details and a current list of core courses, see www.marquette.edu/core.

Diederich College Curriculum

The Diederich College of Communication has its own required curriculum. You take these classes, plus classes in your major and minor.
Except where noted, these classes are in addition to the university core (for a total of 57 - 65 credits).

Some majors may require specific courses to fulfill the University Core of Common Studies or the college’s curriculum. You may also have to take courses that meet your major’s requirements without counting toward your major hours. See each major’s course list for details.

Diederich College curriculum for students who enroll in fall 2009 or after

    Minor or second major – 18 credits
    Introduction to Communication – 3 credits
    Contemporary Presentation* – 3 credits
    Media in Society – 3 credits
    Introduction to Visual Communication**– 3 credits
    Introduction to Communication Research Methods – 3 credits
    Foreign language – 6-8 credits as determined by placement test, or two university core Diverse Cultures courses***

* Fulfills university core Rhetoric requirement
** Does not fulfill university core Literature and Performing arts requirement
***Does not fulfill university core Diverse Cultures requirement

Diederich College curriculum for students enrolled before fall 2009

    Introduction to Communication – 3 credits
    Contemporary Presentation* – 3 credits
    Media in Society – 3 credits
    Introduction to Visual Communication** or Theatre Appreciation** – 3 credits
    Literature (English or foreign language) – 6 credits
    Foreign language I and II or placement – 0-8 credits
    History – 3 credits
    Logic – 3 credits
    Social Science – 3 credits

*Partially fulfills the university core Rhetoric requirement
**Fulfills the university core Literature and Performing arts requirement

General Degree Requirements

Here’s an overview of what you’ll do at Marquette. See the Undergraduate Bulletin for full course details, prerequisites and requirements.


You need at least 128 credits with a 2.0 grade point average in courses completed at Marquette to graduate. You must complete at least 32 upper division credits at MU. 


Choose from the following majors:



Communication Studies

Digital Media


Public Relations

Corporate Communication

Theatre Arts

Media Studies 

If you enrolled before 2009, you’re encouraged, but not required, to complete a minor. If you enroll in 2009 or after, you’re required to complete a minor.

Choose a departmental minor in a specific subject from the Diederich College of Communication, the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business Administration.

Diederich College minors generally available to any Marquette University student include:

Communication Studies
Family Studies
Fine Arts
Public Relations
Theatre Arts 

Corporate Communication

Students majoring in Advertising, Digital Media, Journalism or Public Relations cannot minor in any of these mass communication majors. Students majoring in Corporate Communication cannot minor in Communication Studies or Public Relations. For details on minor course requirements, see the Undergraduate Bulletin.