2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog
The region is also home to corporate giants such as Microsoft, Boeing, and Nintendo, as well as home to the headquarters of World Relief and World Vision, and site of the renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. A strong multicultural flavor is the result of business ties and exchanges with nations including China, Japan, Korea, and Russia.
Known as an “arts” town, Seattle has the highest live-theatre attendance per capita of any major city. It is also the only Northwest city to field teams in all three major-league sports: the Seattle Storm, regular WNBA playoff contenders; the Seattle Mariners, American League West baseball pennant winners; and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
Combining classroom education with practical experience is often the best way to master a discipline – and Seattle's urban opportunities offer students that critical link.
As part of their educational program, many SPU students work 10–20 hours per week for a wide array of businesses and organizations such as Microsoft, Boeing, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, KING 5 TV, the Empty Space Theatre, the State Attorney General's Office, the Seattle Opera, and elsewhere. [Maps]
At SPU's two island campuses, the beauty of the Pacific Northwest provides rest and research possibilities. At seaside Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, retreats and workshops are conducted in the rustic setting of a former military fort. On a 965-acre environmental preserve on Blakely Island, students study life above and below the sea.
Seattle Seminary opened with two faculty members, Alexander Beers and his wife, Adelaide. In the first term of operation, the seminary registered 34 students in a college preparatory curriculum that included primary and intermediate grades. In 1905, a new administration building was added, later named Peterson Hall after founder Nils Peterson. College-level courses for freshmen entered the curriculum in 1910, and the school's name was expanded to “The Seattle Seminary and College” in 1913. Two years later, the school's name was changed again to Seattle Pacific College, with five students comprising SPC's first graduating class.
In the 1920s, the College established a normal school for teacher training. During this time, the College began to look beyond its campus into the city to communicate its programs to a wider audience, anticipating its role as a liberal arts college. Enrollment climbed from 40 to more than 400.
Efforts to raise the standards and stature of the College were the focus of the 1930s. The first summer school program opened in 1931, and SPC's three-year normal school was accredited in 1933. Full accreditation of the College's four-year liberal arts program came in 1936 by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Following World War II, the College grew from about 400 students to 1,400. In 1949, a School of Recreational Leadership was launched, paving the way for increased physical education programs and ultimately intercollegiate sports. During this time, the building of Royal Brougham Pavilion was begun, built to serve not only College interests but also used as a means of outreach to city youth as well. From its founding to 1944, the school had built only four permanent buildings; between 1944–59, five more were constructed for academic purposes. In 1955, SPC acquired 155 acres on Whidbey Island called Camp Casey. It provided new opportunities for field study and outdoor education.
The 1960s became the College's golden age of expansion, especially in terms of facilities. In nine years, 15 new buildings and/or facilities were completed; major remodeling to 10 existing buildings created new, usable space; more than 70 real estate acquisitions were recorded; and improvements were made to Camp Casey, including a new swimming pool.
In the 1970s, curricular renewal and reorganization took center stage. A new curriculum focused on the individual and the learning process, and the “scholar-servant” model soon took form. The SPIRAL program was launched in 1975, which would grow to be the model program in the state for in-service teacher education. In 1976, Seattle Pacific received a gift of 965 acres on Blakely Island in the San Juans, which would become the site for an innovative research station. Overall, faculty developed higher professional levels of competence through an academic reorganization that followed a university model. Ultimately, on June 5, 1977, the College officially became Seattle Pacific University.
During the 1980s, Seattle Pacific sought to focus on building a sense of community on campus and in the surrounding community while strengthening its ties with the Free Methodist Church and the evangelical community at large. An Intercultural Institute of Missions was established in 1984 to refocus the University's historic missionary emphasis.
The 1990s saw Seattle Pacific University grow into a premier Christian university of arts, sciences, and professional studies. In 1991, SPU celebrated the Centennial of its founding in 1891. Academic strength was high with 85 percent of full-time faculty members holding doctorates or the highest degree in their field. In 1994, as part of its successful $25 million capital campaign, SPU opened a $10 million Library that now serves as the heart of the academic program. A unique “Common Curriculum,” an innovative approach to general education, was launched in Autumn Quarter 1998.
By 2000, the University had put into effect a Comprehensive Plan for the 21st Century. That plan brings together planning streams for education, enrollment, endowment, and facilities to ensure the Seattle Pacific's success for its second hundred years.
In Autumn Quarter 2003, a 64,000-square-foot Science Building opened, and the Otto Miller Hall (formerly the Miller Science Learning Center) underwent a major renovation. Both now enable undergraduate students to conduct research with faculty members in state-of-the-art facilities.
Today, SPU offers 61 undergraduate majors, 15 master's degree programs, and five doctoral programs. The University remains as committed as ever before to graduating students who demonstrate both academic competence and personal character — and who will change the world.
Opening Convocation. This academic ceremony includes the entire SPU community when we gather to welcome new and returning students at the start of each academic year. The SPU president challenges the audience to embrace the opportunities ahead.
Day of Common Learning. This annual event embodies the best of interdisciplinary learning, explained then Vice President for Academic Affairs Les Steele, who initiated the Day of Common Learning in 2002. "It holds up the vision that we are going to engage the culture with important issues. The Seattle Pacific community comes together to learn, and that is something we value highly."
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Seattle Pacific is included on the approved list of the American Council on Education and Board of Regents of the State of New York. The University is also a charter member of the Christian College Consortium and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and its credits are recognized by members of the various regional associations and by leading graduate schools throughout the country.
The University is approved by the U.S. government for education of veterans and their dependents under the applicable public laws.
Business and Economics
The business programs (undergraduate and graduate) in the School of Business and Economics are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
The dietetics specialization in the food and nutritional sciences program is approved as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the American Dietetic Association. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree in food and nutritional sciences, with the dietetics specialization, qualifies the student for a verification statement from the program director and eligibility to apply for ACEND-accredited dietetic internships, leading to eligibility to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
Seattle Pacific's music program is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). It also maintains membership with the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and the Washington University Music Administrators Association (WUMA).
The undergraduate nursing curriculum is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Seattle Pacific's School of Theology meets the requirements of the Commission on Christian Education of the Free Methodist Church for preparation of ministers and missionaries and is also approved by the Department of Christian Education of the Free Methodist Church and other denominations for the collegiate preparation of ministers. The NWCCU acknowledges Seattle Pacific’s graduate program as Seattle Pacific Seminary.
The University Library
The university library provides collections, services, and spaces that advance teaching, learning, and research at SPU. The library’s collections include digital, print, archival, and other materials; distinctive collections include the University Archives, a Wesleyan Collection, and the Work and Faith Collection. Through its membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the library’s local collections are augmented by access to materials from more than 30 academic libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Liaison librarians provide information literacy sessions and research assistance in each subject area. At the library’s Tech Desk, students have access to technological training and tools, and computers and wireless networking are available throughout the building. A variety of spaces are available for both individual and collaborative work. For more information, visit spu.edu/library or call 206-281-2419.
The Center for Learning
Student Computer Labs
In most of the student labs, a standard set of academic software tools are provided that include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, statistical software, programming languages, and database software. All of the general-purpose computer labs also provide full access to the Internet, color laser printers, and other local and remote networked resources.
Additionally, Computer and Information Systems has audio/visual equipment (video cameras, projectors, laptops, and sound systems) available for checkout to faculty and students for academic projects.
Internet Access/Electronic Mail
Instructional Technology Services
Technology Services in the Residence Halls
Technology Instruction and Assistance
Student assistants are available in all of the computer labs; and Computer and Information Systems provides a central computer HelpDesk and comprehensive Web-support site at spu.edu/CISHelpDesk.
Seattle Pacific University supports both Windows and Apple Macintosh computers in our student lab environments and the residence halls. The choice of computers and software is left to the individual student.
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