2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog
Travel is a powerful tool for engaging the culture, changing the world, and contributing to the education or professional work of SPU students, faculty, and staff. Understanding that members of our institution provide a model of Christian values during their journeys, SPU holds to these principles:
As a community who seeks to reflect Christ in all we do, we pledge to bring these principles back home and apply them to the travel we experience throughout our lives.
Study Abroad Fees
Study abroad fees contibute toward a broad range of services available to students before, during, and after the study abroad experience.
For many years, a $200 study abroad fee has applied to all SPU Faculty-led and partner programs (such as CCCU BestSemester programs sponsored by SPU).
Beginning with autumn term 2012, students who study outside the United States will be charged an administrative study abroad fee of $400 per term for non-SPU programs during autumn, winter or spring terms. A $200 fee will be charged for all summer study abroad.
Students studying abroad for two or more consecutive terms at the same institution will be charged for the first term of study only.
SPU Faculty Led and Partner Programs
These programs are registered at Seattle Pacific University and taken with SPU faculty. For more information about any of these study trips, visit the Study Abroad website.
Combine outstanding academics with a vibrant culture by choosing England as your study abroad destination. The British Isles Quarter (BIQ) offers students of all majors the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses at University of Kent located in beautiful and historic Canterbury, England, a World Heritage city.
Consistently ranked near the top in student satisfaction (annual National Student Survey), University of Kent offers a diverse student population, international flavor and strong ties to Europe that enhance this university's reputation as the "U.K.'s European university".
A 3-credit pre-session is offered by SPU's English faculty in even-numbered years. You'll travel throughout England, visiting typical English villages and cities and finish the session in London. Students have the option to attend the pre-session only and return to SPU before autumn quarter begins or continue on to University of Kent. . Professors, courses, and locations vary.
China Studies Program (Autumn Quarter)
Doug Downing, Coordinator, School of Business and Economics
China is an ideal study abroad destination for students wishing for a true cultural learning experience. Students across all majors will find opportunities to fulfill degree requirements on the China study abroad program.
Students of all majors are encouraged to study at Sichuan University in the city of Chengdu, located in the Sichuan Province in southwest China. Sichuan University is a key national research university with a history of more than 100 years. The university is a comprehensive institution with the widest selection of disciplines in west China. Sichuan University enjoys a deep cultural background and eminent scholarly research tradition. The university is dedicated to the internationalization of China's higher education and international students are valued and warmly welcomed to pursue academic studies there.
Business students will have the option to join SPU professors for a two-week seminar prior to the start of classes at Sichuan University. This program is designed to give students an opportunity to see how China's booming economy impacts businesses and nations around the world today.
To get a first-hand understanding of these global implications, students taking the pre-term session will depart in mid-August and visit the great cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. The seminar launches students into an in-depth study of international business and exploration of the culture and life of the people of China.
All students will meet in Beijing to attend a 4-day orientation program to begin autumn quarter abroad. Before continuing on to the city of Chengdu, students will see major sights in Beijing while preparing for the cultural and academic differences they will encounter in China.
European Quarter is a SPU sponsored study-abroad program held Spring Quarter. The course will begin at SPU with eight days of intensive classroom instruction on Italian and French languages, culture, geography and history.
European Quarter is a traveling program between multiple countries and cities Sites vary depending on faculty leadership and may include France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Spain.
Participants must plan to take a 3-credit orientation course during autumn quarter prior to the program. European Quarter meets the expectations of a quarter’s study in Europe both academically, earning 15 credits, and culturally, through in-depth contact with the language/culture connection.
Guatemala Program (Autumn Quarter)
Based in the beautiful, historic city of Antigua and surrounding village communities, students will be placed with local Guatemalan host families and enjoy in-country excursions under the guidance of Students International — our Guatemalan partner organization — to places such as Tikal National Park, home of the "lost city" of the ancient Mayan civilization.
This 15-credit program immerses students in the Central American country of Guatemala. Students will:
Jaiel Lee, Coordinator, Family and Consumer Sciences Department
The Korea/Japan Study Abroad Trip is an 11 day program in international retailing, manufacturing, and sourcing, focused on Korea and Japan. The course will be taught by Professor Jaiel Lee in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Clothing and Textiles.
Kyoto, Japan (Early September, prior to the start of Autumn Quarter)
Jeff and Diana Keuss, Coordinators, School of Theology
On the Kyoto Study Abroad trip, students will take an intensive two-week course that includes readings, lectures, discussions, and tours that relate to the world’s major religious traditions outside of Christianity — Shintoism and Buddhism.
Students are introduced to the historic roots, major doctrinal developments, and worship practices of each tradition and asked to reflect critically and comparatively to the Christian faith on each tradition. First undertaken in September 2008, the Kyoto study abroad trip is led by SPU theology faculty.
London, England (Early September, prior to the start of Autumn Quarter)
Students attending the London program will live in central London while taking either UCOR3000 or SOC4910 from SPU professors.
As the capital of one of the largest empires in human history, London has acquired a nearly matchless collection of art, historical artifacts, scientific exhibits, and other extraordinary resources. But London is more than just museums and landmarks - it is a living, thriving miccrocosm of its former global empire. The courses being offered are designed to take advantage of the many museums, galleries and cultural surroundings to enrich the learning experience.
Morocco Program (Early September, prior to the start of Autumn Quarter, even numbered years)
Kimberly Segall, Coordinator, English Department
On the Morocco Study Abroad Program, students will travel overland from Granada in Moorish Spain, to Fes in Morocco. We will follow a trans-national journey across borders which is also taken by the characters in Laila Lalami's story, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.
To prepare for this trip, plan on taking a 3-credit orientation in the spring, which will be a North African film course. This class will introduce the history and cultural diversity of this region with films from Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia.
Students choose from two tracks, either French language or Communication on the Paris, France program.
The program includes the study of European civilization using the museums, theaters, and historic sights of the city as our classroom. Students also participate in a weekend excursion to the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France.
Philippines Program (Winter break)
Sharlene Kato, Coordinator, Family and Consumer Sciences Department
The Philippines Study Abroad Program aims to provide service-learning opportunities for students while working with children and families in a cross-cultural environment. Students will have the opportunity to apply the Family and Consumer Sciences mission as they travel to Manila and participate in feeding programs, family and community service projects, and school programs, and as they interact with the children in an orphanage sponsored by Kids International Ministries.
Rome: Art and Incarnation (Summer, odd-numbered years)
The Rome Program is a study abroad experience for SPU students interested in creative writing, aesthetics, art, art history, theology, and the visual arts. Students spend a month exploring the incarnational aspects of artistic expression while visiting places such as the Roman Forum and the Sistine Chapel. Daily excursions will be accompanied by classroom instruction.
For their classroom component, participants may choose between: A writing/literature track
or an art history track. Both tracks are grounded in the works of Christian artists and writers.
Transcultural Nursing Program (Winter Quarter)
Chris Henshaw, Coordinator, School of Health Sciences
The Nursing Program offers transcultural experiences for students on campus, locally, and abroad. Applications for the study-abroad experience are available to nursing students Winter Quarter of the junior year and are due in early March. The study abroad experience occurs during Winter Quarter of the senior year.
Transcultural programs may not be offered every year, depending upon the international travel conditions and opportunities available. In addition, the School of Health Sciences has close ties with Gunma University College of Medical Care and Technology and with Gunma Prefectural Health Sciences College in Japan, offering summer programs focused on nursing in the United States.
This two-week study Tropical Biology Program takes place annually between the end of Autumn Quarter and Christmas Eve. Destinations vary between the Caribbean and a site in the Pacific (e.g., the 2009 tour was to Belize and the 2010 tour will be to the Galapagos Islands.) The tour typically emphasizes fish, corals, and seaweeds typical of coral reef ecosystems or terrestrial natural history.
The course includes a cultural component. In Belize, for example, the Mayan ruins were part of the tour. [Back to top]
Seattle Pacific University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the Christian College Consortium (CCC). The purpose of the CCCU and CCC is to promote Christian higher education, and to provide programs for students and professional development opportunities for faculty and administration.
Applications and information for all programs are available on the BestSemester website. These 12 study programs offer a full semester of study, and students must register for the entire set of carefully selected, interconnected courses offered by each program (generally 24 quarter credits). Students register for classes at Seattle Pacific University and pay SPU tuition. In addition to Federal and State aid, SPU need and merit-based financial aid applies to these programs. [Back to top]
Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students from council-member institutions as a “Washington, D.C., campus.” The ASP uses Washington, D.C., as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field and explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars that are issue-oriented, interdisciplinary, and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals.
Internships are tailored to fit the student’s talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of fields. The ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis, and real-world experience.
Students are exposed to on-the-job learning that helps them build for their future and gain perspective on the calling of God for their lives. They are challenged in a rigorous course of study to discover for themselves the meaning of Christ’s lordship in putting their beliefs into practice. The aim of the program is to help Council schools prepare their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit.
The Australia Studies Centre (ASC) seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world that is religiously and culturally pluralistic, whether in Australia, North America, or other parts of the world.
Students are encouraged to think through their role as kingdom builders in a Western world that is increasingly secular both intellectually and culturally. Students are further challenged to grapple with the meaning of being “salt” and “light” in the culture-shaping arena of the professional performing artist. Students earn 24 credit hours. [Back to top]
The China Studies Program (CSP), which began in the spring of 1999, allows students to engage this large and intriguing country from the inside. While living and experiencing Chinese civilization firsthand, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographical, and economic realities of this strategic and populous nation.
In addition to the study of standard Chinese, students will assist Chinese students learning English, allowing one-on-one interaction. The China Studies program is hosted by Xiamen University located on the beautiful garden island of Xiamen in southeastern China.
The program introduces students to the diversity of China with trips to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Xi’an. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program of study enables Christian students to deal with this increasingly important part of the world in an informed, Christ-centered way. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit.
The Contemporary Music Center offers students the opportunity to spend a semester studying, living, and working with faculty, music industry experts, and other students who share their interest in making and marketing contemporary music. It is a chance to devote serious time to discovering how God would have a student integrate his or her faith, love of music, and the music marketplace.
In addition to core courses investigating the music industry and the intersection of faith and culture, students can choose between the Artist track or the Music Executive track. They will get many hours of hands-on experience, plus lectures, seminars, directed study, and an intensive field experience in Nashville, Tennessee. When not in class, students will be in the studio or in music-business offices.
Together with classmates, students will make and market a CD of original music. The Center is located in Nashville, TN.
The Los Angeles Film Studies Center, located in Burbank, California, provides students a unique opportunity to study the film industry in an “on location” intensified experience. Participants have opportunity to meet working professionals from all aspects of the film industry, to visit facilities found only in Southern California, and to utilize film research libraries unique to the area.
The curriculum is intended to appeal to students from a variety of academic disciplines with the intent of providing an interdisciplinary study of film and the film industry, and with a secondary goal of providing opportunity to investigate future academic and/or vocational opportunities. [Back to top]
Gail DeBell, Coordinator, Study Abroad
"Unity in Diversity" is the hallmark of the nation of India. There are 28 states and 7 union territories, 22 officially recognized languages and numerous dialects, about 9 religions and nearly 2000 ethnic groups across India. The India Studies Program offers a unique opportunity to encounter one of today's most fascinating and diverse cultures. This diversity, as well as the call to be an obedient witness for Christ throughout the world, provides a rich and engaging setting to equip students to be servant-leaders in a pluralistic world of beliefs, cultures and needs.
In particular, the India Studies Program will challenge students to discover for themselves a variety of ways to address the needs of the poor and disenfranchised, acting as agent of salt and light in broken world.
The India Studies Program is structured to provide students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of peoples, places and customs in India including an extensive two-week travel portion of the program to provide students a close up look at India's diversity. Students will participate in two core courses designed to provide a broad overview of the historical, religious, geographical and economic landscape of India. Building on their basic understanding of India's past and contemporary realities students will have opportunities to explore a variety of issues -poverty, social justice, rapid social change, religious pluralism - through the eyes and experience of Indian Christians. Rounding out the semester experience, students will also have the opportunity to take courses in their major areas with Indian students and professors.
At its heart, the India Studies Program strives to encourage and equip students to effectively relate to India and its people in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner.
Latin American Studies Program (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Students of Council member colleges have the opportunity to live and learn in Latin America through the Latin American Studies Program (LASP), based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program seeks to introduce students to as wide a range of Latin American experiences as possible through the study of language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology, and religion of the region.
Living with a Costa Rican family, students experience and become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also participate in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to nearby Latin American nations. In addition to the regular program of interdisciplinary offerings, three specialized academic tracks are available to qualified students:
Students in all tracks earn 24 quarter hours of credit.
The MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner in a time of tension and change. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit. [Back to top]
Honors students from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities have the opportunity to study in England in an interdisciplinary semester at Oxford University in England. The rigorous academic program, aimed at increasing critical-thinking skills and scholarship from a Christian perspective, allows participants to choose from a wide variety of tutorial study programs in numerous disciplines, including the arts, religion, history, literature, and philosophy.
Oxford Summer School (Oxford)
The Uganda Studies Program (USP) seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world that is religiously and culturally pluralistic, whether in Africa, North America, or other parts of the world.
The USP seeks to introduce students to the dynamic world of the global south, focused in the vibrant East African nation of Uganda. Christianity there is joyful and growing rapidly, even as it engages Islam and secularization. USP students will move through this society first in the classes and dormitories of Uganda Christian University and then as learners observing places and people of interest around the country. Students earn 24 quarter hours of credit.
The Washington Journalism Center is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless. [Back to top]
Students can register for the following programs through SPU agreements. Those interested in one of these programs will meet with the designated contact at SPU, but will register for classes through the institution they visit.
Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Georgia)
Consortium Visitor Program (Various Locations)
In addition to SPU, Consortium schools include Asbury College, Bethel College (St. Paul), George Fox University, Gordon College, Greenville College, Houghton College, Malone College, Messiah College, Taylor University, Trinity International University, Westmont College and Wheaton College.
Applications should be filed through Student Academic Services. This program is eligible to students who have completed one year in residence at SPU and in good academic standing. The deadline for Autumn Quarter is March 1; for Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter, the deadline is October 1. Information is available in Student Academic Services on campus, and by clicking here.
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
(FIDM) Program (Los Angeles)
Students electing to participate in the FIDM liaison should apply in their junior year and attend during their senior year. Students considering this option should seek advisement early in their academic careers in order to meet the requirements of both FIDM and SPU.
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Program
(New York, New York)
Those students who choose the FIT option must be accepted into the major and work closely with their advisor in selecting courses that best prepare them for their chosen major. Specializations offered through the liaison program with FIT include: accessories design; advertising and communication; advertising design; manufacturing management; fashion design; fashion buying and merchandising; jewelry design; textile/surface design; and textile development and marketing.