The Common Curriculum, which includes eight required courses spread over four years, is at the heart of a liberal arts education at Seattle Pacific University. SPU students begin the Common Curriculum in the first quarter of their freshman year with University Seminar, an intensive exploration of a special interdisciplinary topic. The maximum of 20 students enrolled in each course form a “cohort” and attend other freshman classes in the Common Curriculum together. Their University Seminar professor serves as their academic advisor. In their freshman, sophomore, and junior years at Seattle Pacific, students participate in two parallel sequences of required courses. As students move through the three University Core courses, they address key questions that pervade human life: “Who am I?” “From where have I come?” and “How do I know and act?” As they confront these perennial human questions through the study of human culture, history, and thought, students are challenged to understand themselves, their heritage and traditions, and the world from the perspective of the Christian faith.
The three University Foundations courses are centered in the foundations of faith: Christian formation, which explores the lived experience of faith; Christian Scriptures, which provides a way of conceptualizing, reading, and practicing the truth of Scripture as the authority for Christian formation; and Christian theology, which reflects upon the relationship between God and humankind as expressed in the Scriptures and experienced in a life of faith. Each course in the University Core and University Foundations sequences includes common texts and objectives in order to ensure common learning.
All members of the community are encouraged to join in the common conversations around these works through Chapel programs, lectures, concerts, and other community events. Through shared experiences in a committed community of learners, the liberal arts at Seattle Pacific University has as its aim the formation of Christian character, which is evident in qualities of heart, mind, and action. [Back to top]
UCOR 1000 The Arts and the Christian Community (5) This course considers the question “Who am I and for what have I been created?” Through examining literary and artistic works that have shaped cultures past and present, it explores how we are created to be unique persons and to be in community with others. Key themes are artistic ways of knowing individualism, conformity, and faith as a formative virtue. Attribute: University Core. Class open to freshmen.
UCOR 2000 The West and the World (5) Considers the question “From where have we come and where are we going?” Explores the history of interaction between the West and the world from the dawn of the modern global age (about 1500) to the present. How has Western civilization been influenced by and influenced other cultures? Key themes are ideas, inventions, and systems of interaction. The virtue of hope motivates service as the Christian response to a constantly changing world. Attribute: University Core. Class not open to freshmen.
UCOR 3000 Belief, Morality, and Modern Mind (5) Prerequisite: UFDN 2000. This course considers the question “How do I know what is true and how should I act on that knowledge?” It explores questions about Christian faith and practice that arise from modern developments in philosophy and science. Key themes are authority, reason, personal meaning, ethics, and love as the Christian response to God’s creation and humankind. Attributes: University Core; and Upper-Division. Class open to juniors and seniors.
UFDN 1000 Christian Formation (5) This course introduces the processes and practices of Christian formation, as reflected throughout the history of the Christian church. Christian life is formed by distinctive beliefs, practices, attitudes, and virtues. Every student, regardless of religious background, will engage texts, written and non-written, ancient and modern, that foster these characteristics of the Christian life. Attribute: Foundation. Class open to freshmen and sophomores. [Back to top]
UFDN 2000 Christian Scriptures (5) Prerequisite: UFDN 1000. This course explores the formative role that Christian Scriptures perform within the community of believers. It seeks to introduce students to the literature and theology of both Old and New Testaments and to provide them with the necessary skills to make responsible use of Scripture as the church’s principal authority in nurturing a Christian’s faith and witness. Course cannot be taken for upper-division credit. May be repeated for credit 0 times. Course equivalent: UFDN 3001. Attribute: Foundation. Class not open to freshmen.
UFDN 3001 Christian Scriptures (5) This course is only open to transfer students who begin their studies at SPU as juniors or seniors. Explores the formative role that Christian Scriptures perform within the community of believers. It seeks to introduce students to the literature and theology of both Old and New Testaments and to provide them with the necessary skills to make responsible use of Scripture as the church’s principal authority in nurturing a Christian’s faith and witness. May be repeated for credit 0 times. Course equivalent: UFDN 2000. Attributes: Foundation; and Upper-Division. Class open to juniors and seniors.
UFDN 3100 Christian Theology (5) Prerequisites: UFDN 1000 and UFDN 2000 or 3001. This course studies the basic doctrines and practices of historic Christianity, such as the being, attributes, and workings of the Triune God; the nature, fallenness, and redemption of human beings; the character and mission of the church; the disciplines and duties of personal faith; and the hope for “last things.” Attention will be given to major formative events and key persons in the history of the church that have helped to shape what Christians believe and how they live. Attributes: Foundation; and Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen. [Back to top]
USEM 1000 University Seminar (5) This seminar introduces firstyear college students to the liberal arts at a Christian university through the investigation of a special topic. Students will write, speak, and practice critical thinking; participate in group projects; and use electronic and print learning resources. As an introduction to university life, the seminar helps students explore the meaning of Christian vocation and develop a love of learning. Seminar instructors will serve as faculty advisor to students in their seminar through the freshman year. Descriptions of particular seminars are available in the yearly class schedule. Attribute: University Seminar. Class open to freshmen.
USEM 3000 University Seminar (5) Registration approval: Instructor. This seminar introduces professional studies program students to the liberal arts at a Christian university through the investigation of a special topic. Students will write, speak, and practice critical thinking, participate in group projects, and use electronic and print learning resources. As an introduction to university life, the seminar helps students explore the meaning of Christian vocation and develop a love of learning.
USEM 4930 Practicum: Mentoring Freshmen (1–5) Registration approval: Instructor. Serve as a mentor to freshmen in a University Seminar class under the direction of faculty. May be repeated for credit two times. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen and sophomores. [Back to top]
The University Scholars program at Seattle Pacific University replaces the Common Curriculum and the Exploratory Curriculum for selected students who are highly motivated to pursue an intense academic program studying great works of art, literature, philosophy, social science, and natural science in their historical contexts. University Scholars courses are rigorously interdisciplinary and offer intensive peer discussion. The program’s goal is to create a community of self-motivated scholars engaged in thoughtful cross-disciplinary conversation, writing, and action on issues facing the church and the world.
Admission is based on test scores and high school GPAs; a limited number of high school seniors are invited to apply to the program. Students who are highly motivated to participate in the program, but who do not receive an initial invitation at admission, should contact the director to apply directly for entry. A few students may be admitted into the program during their first year of study. [Back to top]
Requirements for University Scholars Program
Special features and conditions of the program:
University Scholars Courses
USCH 1112 Texts and Contexts II (5) Prerequisite: USCH 1111. Examines and discusses several texts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance Europe in historical context, including Augustine’s Confessions, Aquinas’s Summa Theologica, Dante’s Inferno, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, and Milton’s Paradise Lost in order to investigate ways of knowing God, the nature of leadership, the methods of knowledge-making, and forgiveness. Open to University Scholars only.
USCH 1113 Texts and Contexts III (5) Prerequisite: USCH 1112. Through the lens of four problems central to modernity — evil, violence, faith/reason, and the individual in society — examines and discusses several texts of the modern period, including Descartes’ Meditations, Voltaire’s Candide, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, together with selected works of music, visual art, and film. Open to University Scholars only.
USCH 1114 Texts and Contexts IV (5) Prerequisite: USCH 1113. Examines globalization — the increasingly intertwined cultural, political, and economic ties shaping the contemporary world community — by reading texts such as Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, by asking how globalization is transforming the world, and by discussing a Christian response. Open to University Scholars only. [Back to top]
USCH 3910 Faith and Science I (5) Prerequisite: A college-level science course with a lab. An exploration of the relationship of science, faith, and theology from the ancient world through the early 20th century, focusing on developments in physics. Includes consideration of the question of origins. Open to University Scholars only. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen.
USCH 4900 Independent Study (1-5) Registration approval: Independent Study Agreement. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits. Attribute: Upper-Division.
USCH 4910 Faith and Science II (5) Prerequisite: USCH 3910. An exploration of the relationship of science, faith, and theology in the modern period, focusing on developments in biology and the human sciences. Includes consideration of the question of origins. Open to University Scholars only. Attribute: Upper-Division. Class not open to freshmen.
USCH 4950 Christianity and Scholarship (2) An exploration of several paradigms used to understand the relationship of Christian faith and scholarship, such as those articulated by Arthur Holmes, Mark Noll, and George Marsden. Includes writing a personal statement on the relationship of faith and scholarship and producing an approved prospectus for the honors project. Open to University Scholars only. Attributes: Upper-Division; and Writing Course. [Back to top]
USCH 4960 Honors Project I (0-2) Prerequisite: USCH 4950. Students will produce an undergraduate research paper or creative piece that is oriented within their relationship of faith and scholarship. Open to University Scholars only. Attribute: Upper-Division.
USCH 4965 Honors Project II (2-4) Students will produce an undergraduate research paper or creative piece that is oriented within their relationship of faith and scholarship. A maximum of 4 credits is allowed in Honors Project I and/or II. Attribute: Upper-Division.
Internships, ROTC, Senior Citizen Program, Special Studies, Study Abroad, Study Programs, Visit/Transfer Programs
Careful supervision of students’ progress toward learning objectives is a key component of an internship, and a successful experience is built on a partnership between the student, faculty sponsor, and employer. Students participate in internships for career exploration, as well as to gain essential professional experience. Internship experiences facilitate students’ growth in skills such as communication, problem solving, and analysis, as well as growth in skills specific to professional disciplines. Internships may be paid or unpaid. In either case, it is the quality of the placement and supervision and the emphasis on students’ development of critical thinking and other skills that distinguish internships from other part-time or volunteer work programs. Minimum requirements for participating in the Internship program include matriculation at the University and completion of one quarter of coursework.
Each school sets specific prerequisites for participation in internships. Generally 30 hours of internship work equate to 1 academic credit. Internship opportunities may be at accounting firms, advertising agencies, banks, high-tech companies, medical research labs, performing arts organizations, retail stores, schools, human-service agencies, and many other types of organizations. Postings of internship opportunities and information about how students can be involved are available in the Career Development Center.
Interested students should address inquiries to the Career Development Center, located in the Student Union Building, second floor. They can send mail to the Career Development Center, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Ave. W., Suite 216, Seattle, WA 98119-1950;or call 206-281-2485. [Back to top]
Air Force: Aerospace Studies
AFROTC: General Program Requirements
The freshman- and sophomore-level classes (general military courses) are open to all students attending any two- or four-year college full time. Any male or female student may enroll in these classes. The junior- and senior-level classes (professional officer courses) are open to qualified students who have been competitively selected for entry. For further information contact the Unit Admissions Officer at 206-543-2360 or write Unit Admissions Officer, AFROTC Det 910, University of Washington, Box 353830, Seattle, WA 98195-3530. You can also visit the UW AFROTC web page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFROTC: Commissioning Requirements
AFROTC: General Military Course
AFROTC: Professional Officer Course (POC)
AFROTC: Financial Assistance
AFROTC: Two-Year Program
Army ROTC: Military Science
Army ROTC: Financial Aid
Army ROTC Commissioning Requirements
ROTC Academic Achievement Award
Senior Citizen Program
These programs are registered at Seattle Pacific University and
taken with SPU faculty.
Education. Along with Seattle Pacific’s School of Psychology, Family, and Community, the Center for Relationship Development annually sponsors two academic courses in relationship development. Relationship Development I focuses on practical principles for building healthy relationships. The class addresses such issues as the meaning of friendship, gender differences, family-of-origin concerns, unconscious relationship needs, and the dating process. Relationship Development II is an advanced course presenting a practical basis for making healthy relational commitments. It focuses on such topics as love, intimacy, mate selection, and the meaning of covenant relationships.
Outreach. The Center for Relationship Development also sponsors special programs designed to meet specific relationship needs. These include the following:
Research and Evaluation. The CRD conducts ongoing scholarly research on relationship issues and puts that information to work in its education and outreach efforts. It also continuously evaluates its programs to ensure their effectiveness.
Note: Both PSY 1250 and PSY 2250 must be successfully completed for grades if the student desires to apply these courses toward a psychology major or minor.
Blakely Island Field Station
Timothy Nelson, Director, Biology Department
Blakely Island, Washington
Although only a few miles from the mainland, the island is isolated and home to only a few year-round residents. Facilities include a dining hall-library-classroom building that accomodates 24 students and staff, a residence hall with 10 double-occupancy rooms, and a dive shop. The island is surrounded by lush kelp forests, eelgrass meadows, and spectacular rock walls. These subtidal and intertidal habitats support a diversity of seaseeds, invertebrates, fish, and marine mammals. In the island interior, the lakes provide habitat for river otters, herons, kingfishers, bald eagles, and osprey, as well as a diverse invertebrate fauna. The terrain is rugged, rising sharply from sea level to more than 1,000 feet, and it supports several distinctive forest types.
For a complete listing of courses offered at Blakely Insland Field Station, visit the website, or contact Dr. Timothy Nelson, field station director. You can also see information about the biology major for further information and course descriptions. [Back to top]