School of Business and Economics
David L. McKenna Hall
Jeffrey Van Duzer, Dean of the School of Business and Economics
To prepare students for service and leadership in business and society by developing their professional competence and integrity in the context of Christian faith and values. To develop an academically and theologically rigorous understanding of business and economics and to effectively promote this understanding through teaching, pursuit of scholarship, and engagement with the broader business community.
— School of Business and Economics Mission Statement
While the programs of the School of Business and Economics (SBE)
are appropriately similar to those offered by other universities in
the coverage of the basic business knowledge and skills, at Seattle Pacific University, they reflect two mission-driven distinctives:
- To develop and promote a theologically based understanding of business.
- To be a superior provider of applied learning.
Admission to Majors in the School of Business and Economics
Majors offered by the School of Business and Economics (SBE) are
accounting, business administration, and economics. The business
administration major offers concentrations in the following areas:
- Information systems
- Social enterprise
Students who are interested in a business major are encouraged
to indicate their interest upon arrival at SPU to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. It does not
commit the student to a major within the school, but assures that
an advisor from within the school will be assigned and information
about the school and its various activities will be received.
Consistent with its mission, the School of Business and Economics
admits students to its majors on the basis of academic achievement,
personal character, leadership potential, and record of service.
To meet the minimum requirements for admission to a major,
the student must:
- Have attained at least sophomore standing.
at least 15 credits (10 credits for junior or senior transfer
students) in SBE courses (ACCT, BUS,
- Have a minimum of 2.7 cumulative GPA from all
institutions and a minimum of 2.7 cumulative GPA in all SBE
Attainment of the
minimum GPA standards does not guarantee admission to a major
as the total number of admissions may be limited by capacity.
Application to a business major may be made online. Applications are reviewed following the January 20 application deadline each year.
For matriculated students, formal application and admission to
a major is required prior to enrollment in most upper-division
SBE courses. Admission is selective and based
upon prior academic performance.
Admission applications should
be submitted to the School of Business and Economics by the
application deadline of January 20, and after all admission requirements
If you have been admitted to another SPU
major, contact the SBE office for permission to enroll in upper-division
- Students who enter SPU as freshmen should apply for
admission to the School of Business and Economics by January 20
of their sophomore year.
- Junior- or senior-level transfer students who have completed four lower-division core courses within their intended SBE major can be considered for direct admission to SBE upon application to the university.
- Transfer students who are not directly admitted to an SBE major should follow the regular admission process and submit their major applications by January 20 after completing all admission requirements.
If you are a junior or senior transfer
student in your first two quarters at SPU and you have a college
GPA of at least 2.8, contact the SBE office for permission to enroll
in major-restricted upper-division courses.
Newly admitted students will be welcomed to the SBE
community at an orientation evening held in early spring. The orientation will
include information on the SBE mission and practical tips on
succeeding in SBE majors. All newly admitted majors are required
to attend this event.
To be awarded
a degree from the School of Business and Economics, students
must meet the major and any concentration requirements in effect
at the time declaration of a major was made. They must have a
minimum of 45 credit hours in the major at SPU.
Writing Competency Requirement
All SBE majors (accounting, business administration, and economics)
must meet the writing competency requirement listed below:
- SBE majors with a score of 5 or 6 on the English Placement
assessment or exam will satisfy the writing competency requirement and
are not required to complete the extra writing requirements listed below. Also, these students are not required to take
ENG 2201 Intermediate College Writing.
- SBE majors (and other SPU students) with a score of 4 or
below on the English Placement assessment or exam are required to take
ENG 2201 Intermediate College Writing. These students
should take ENG 2201 by the first quarter of their sophomore
year so they can be considered for admission to an SBE
major during Winter Quarter of that year. Students with a
grade of B or better in ENG 2201 will satisfy the writing
- SBE majors with a grade of B- or below in ENG 2201 must
complete BUS 2601 Business Writing Tutorial and earn a
grade of B or better.
- Transfer students who have not previously taken a college
composition course must take the English Placement exam,
and they must meet the same requirements outlined above
for freshmen. Note: The writing competency requirement took effect for freshmen entering SPU beginning Autumn
Quarter 2004 and transfer students entering SPU beginning
Autumn Quarter 2005.
Admission Requirements for Minors in Business
Administration and Economics
To be accepted to a minor in the School of Business and Economics,
a student must have attained at least sophomore standing and
have achieved a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA from all institutions, and the student must fill out an
Internships give students an opportunity to gain practical work
experience and to apply their academic background in a professional
business environment. (See BUS 2910 and BUS 4942.)
Need to know when a course is being offered? Check the 2010-11 Time Schedule.
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