Undergraduate Programs

Seattle Pacific deeply values rigorous academic study, character formation, and vocational preparation. An important component in becoming a vibrant intellectual community is to understand and engage our multicultural and complex world. In classrooms and learning opportunities throughout the region, SPU faculty are challenging students to embody this vision and participate in cultural and global engagement.

Below are some of the programs and courses offered around issues of diversity, justice, and reconciliation.

Degree programs

Global and Urban Ministry minor

The Global and Urban Ministry minor serves students in all majors. It equips students to understand the theological and contextual realities of the world today, which are heavily urban and multiethnic. 

Reconciliation Studies minor

The Reconciliation Studies minor includes courses rooted in the affirmation that God is the reconciling one. For God’s people to be equipped to participate in God’s work of reconciliation, we must understand biblical and theological perspectives on reconciliation, as well as human cultural contexts, and historical dividing walls.

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Selection of courses

BUS 3600: Gender and Leadership

This course explores why women and men continue to have differing rates of representation in leadership roles in the workplace. Leadership styles, organizational practices, perceptual biases, and other factors that influence leadership outcomes for men and women will be examined.

BUS 4661: Business and Global Poverty

Students analyze current issues in improving the effectiveness of organizations.

COM 4180: “Cultural Communication”

This course explores how to productively and sensitively interact with people from cultures that differ from our own. Students will gain an understanding of cultural differences around the world and will gain some skills to communicate competently in a variety of cultural settings.

EDU 2300: “Diversity in the Classroom”

Presents an overview of issues of diversity and exceptionality in the classroom. In addition to an overview of cultural diversity focusing on low status/historically marginalized students, an overview of special education — including various categories of disabilities — will be provided.

ENG 3332: “African American Literature”

Introduces students to African American literature from the 19th century to the present. Topics include slavery and resistance, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and black popular culture.

ENG 3334: “American Ethnic Literature”

Traces the expression in novels, plays, poems, and essays of the minority groups who have been a part of the American people throughout history.

ENG 3382: “South African Literature and Theatre

Introduces students to the literature and culture of South Africa during a study abroad tour. Examines the work of a variety of authors and playwrights. Requires original research based on viewing performances in South Africa.

ENG 3383: “Arab Spring: Writing and Resistance

Considers how literature and electronic texts create venues for political and social change in the historical region boundaried by Morocco and Spain. Explores how texts, ideas, media, and people circulate and cross transnational borders in a time of historic change.

FCS 4352: “Community Nutrition”

Explores the major community and public health nutrition problems in the United States, and the roles and practice arenas of community nutritionists. Federal and nongovernmental programs designed to meet food and nutritional needs of vulnerable populations are examined.  

FCS 3250: “Philippines Study Abroad: Serving Children, Families, and Communities”

Thia study abroad program is designed for students of all academic disciplines who want to learn about the challenges and realities of living in poverty and the role of community development programs in alleviating poverty.

FCS 3823: “Exploring Global Dress and Behavior”

This course provides an understanding of global societies through an investigation of the socio-political, economic and religious factors that impact appearance, dress and behavior in these cultures. Students will develop increased intercultural competency skills and enhanced multicultural sensitivity by being able to identify material and non-material culture from various countries across the globe.

HIS 3616: “Women and Equality in American Life, 1700–Present”

Through readings, primary sources, discussions, and videos we will explore how women have experienced America from the Early Republic to the present. Topics include debates about women’s status, how ethnicity and class have affected women’s status, and how women have negotiated their status to bring about social change.

MUS 2301: “Choral Society: Gospel Choir”

A choral ensemble specializing in the preparation, study, and performance of African American sacred music.

NUR 4950: “Topic: Culture, Diversity, and Nursing Practice”

Analyzes the impact of cultural, social, and global factors on the health of multicultural and diverse groups at the individual, family, and community levels. Students gain knowledge and skills to effectively respond to the healthcare needs of multicultural societies through nondiscriminatory and culturally appropriate nursing care practice. 

SOC 3215: “Social Inequality: Power and Privilege”

Analyzes societal organization based on residence, occupation, community, class and race, power structure in the community, and social-mobility patterns.

SOC 3862: “Race and Ethnicity”

Comparative study of the nature of minority relations, methods and problems of group adjustment, and positions of various minority groups in the United States and other multiracial societies.

SOC 3320: Homelessness in America

The course explores major questions about the causes and consequences of homelessness, socio-demographic factors associated with homelessness, and responses to homelessness. Through the faces, lives, and stories of homeless men and women, students will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities around the homeless population.

THEO 2730: “Introduction to Christian Reconciliation”

This gateway course to the Reconciliation Studies Minor introduces students to the theology and practice of Christian reconciliation.

THEO 3510: “Christianity and Society”

Focuses on the public dimension of Christian life. Addresses several social issues of special concern to the contemporary church, such as race relations, war and peace, and the separation of church and state.

UFDN 1000: “Christian Formation: Justice”

This course introduces the processes and practices of Christian formation, as reflected throughout the history of the Christian church. Every student, regardless of religious background, will engage texts, written and non-written, ancient and modern, that foster these characteristics of the Christian life.

More information on these and other undergraduate classes can be found in the undergraduate Time Schedule