2014–15 Undergraduate Catalog
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.
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:
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 — with the exception of the University Foundations courses and the mathematics requirement — 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 the University Scholars Program
In addition, University Scholars must complete "PHY 1111: University Scholars Physics," or an approved science substitution, and they must complete a 5-credit mathematics courses selected from the list of mathematics courses approved for the Exploratory Curriculum.
University Scholars are required to take a special sequence
of USCH courses (listed below) that — with the exception of three University Foundations courses and the mathematics requirement — satisfies the requirements of the Common Curriculum
and Exploratory Curriculum.
Special features and conditions of the program:
Internships, ROTC, Senior Citizen Program, Special Studies, Study Abroad, Study Programs, Visit/Transfer Programs, Washington Academy of Languages
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.
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.
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 Center for Career and Calling.
Interested students should address inquiries to the Center for Career and Calling, located in the Student Union Building, Second Floor. They can send mail to the Career Development Center, Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Avenue W., Suite 216, Seattle, WA 98119-1950;or call 206-281-2485. [Back to top]
Air Force: Aerospace Studies. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) is offered to SPU students through an agreement with the University of Washington. All classes are taught at University of Washington, Clark Hall #220.
The Air Force ROTC program is designed to motivate, educate, and commission highly qualified students for active duty as officers in the U.S. Air Force. The curriculum develops the professional knowledge in both theory and application that an Air Force officer needs to be an effective manager and leader in the aerospace environment.
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 more 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, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFROTC: Commissioning Requirements.
Students who successfully complete the AFROTC program and receive an academic degree from the University are offered commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. They will serve at least four years in the military.
AFROTC: General Military Course. The basic courses consist of one classroom hour, 1.5 hours of physical training and 1.5 hours of leadership laboratory per week during the freshman and sophomore years.
Except for sophomore cadets on AFROTC scholarship, students incur no active-duty service commitment from enrollment in the GMC, and students may drop the courses at any time. [Back to top]
AFROTC: Professional Officer Course (POC). Cadets selected for enrollment in POC are enlisted in the Air Force Reserve and receive tax-free monthly subsistence pay of at least $350.
AFROTC: Financial Assistance. The Air Force offers two- and three-year scholarships to students with a GPA of at least 2.5. Students awarded scholarships from the Air Force ROTC Scholarship Board are eligible for a supplemental room grant. To take advantage of these scholarships, students should apply directly to AFROTC UW (address noted under General Program Requirements).
AFROTC: Two-Year Program. The two-year program is open to graduate students and other students who have two years remaining until graduation.
Students interested in this program should contact the AFROTC department during October–December prior to the Autumn Quarter they desire to enter. [Back to top]
Army ROTC: Military Science
Normally, all students participate in the following:
The program allows for scholarship assistance for selected students, a monthly stipend for all scholarship and third- and fourth-year students, and attendance at optional summer courses.
For further information on this University of Washington program, call 206-543-9010 or write Professor of Military Science, University of Washington, Box 353820, Seattle, WA 98195. You can also send email.
Army ROTC: Financial Aid. Cadets receive financial aid in two forms:
Army ROTC Commissioning Requirements. To be commissioned in the U.S. Army, a student must graduate with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and complete the military science curriculum, including successful completion of the five-week advanced camp during the summer prior to the senior year.
ROTC Academic Achievement Award. Students awarded ROTC scholarships by the Air Force and Army programs described in this section of the Catalog may qualify for an ROTC Academic Achievement Award at Seattle Pacific.
The award, which covers room-and-board costs, is offered to qualified top scholars who present a combination of high school grade point average and SAT Combined Math/Verbal Score, which meets University guidelines for this award and who demonstrate commitment to the Christian ideals of Seattle Pacific, including involvement in a local church. The award is renewable for a total of four consecutive years. To apply, contact SPU Financial Services.
Senior Citizen Program
The only limitation to the program is the availability of space in particular classes. Registration for senior citizens who use this program commences on the second day of the quarter. Those wishing to apply work toward a degree must formally apply to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Non-matriculated students need only register at Student Academic Services.
Washington Academy of Languages
This program was discontinued through Seattle Pacific University in Winter 2013.
These programs are registered through Seattle Pacific University and taken with SPU faculty.
Blakely Island Field Station
Timothy Nelson, Director, Biology Department
Blakely Island, Washington
The Blakely Island Field Station serves as the teaching site for upper-division biology courses in marine, aquatic, and terrestrial ecology; and oceanography, introductory biology, and astronomy for non-science majors. Research conducted by faculty and students has included baseline surveys of major island habitats, and the ecology of lakes, marine bays, and forests.
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 accommodates 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 sub-tidal and inter-tidal habitats support a diversity of sea seeds, 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 Island Field Station, visit the BIFS 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]