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Applying to Your Major/Minor

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Consistent with its mission, SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics admits students to its majors and minors on the basis of academic achievement, personal character, leadership potential, and record of service.

To apply for an AccountingBusiness Administration, Economics, Global  Development StudiesPolitical Science, or PPE major, you must make formal application. You'll need to be admitted to a major before taking most upper division major courses. 

All applications are available in Banner. "How to Apply" instructions.

Major Admission Criteria

Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, & PPE Majors

  • Have attained at least sophomore standing (45 or more college credits).
  • Complete at least 15 credits in major coursework at SPU (10 credits for transfer juniors and seniors). 
  • Have either a 2.70 cumulative GPA and 2.70 major GPA at SPU, or a 3.0 major GPA. 
    • Major GPA does not include transfer work, only courses completed in program at SPU. 
    • Attainment of the minimum GPA standards does not guarantee admission, as the total number of students admitted is limited by capacity.
  • Submit an online Major Application December 20 – January 20. SBGE does not accept major applications outside this window.

Global Development Studies Major

    • Complete at least 10 credits in the Global Development Major (5 credits for transfer juniors and seniors). 
    • Have at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA and 2.70 major GPA at SPU. 
      • Attainment of the minimum GPA standards does not guarantee admission as the total number of students admitted is limited by capacity.
    • Submit an online Major Application December 20 – January 20. SBGE does not accept major applications outside this window.

    Political Science Major

    • Complete at least 5 credits in Political Science coursework at SPU.
    • Have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and 2.50 GPA in all Political Science coursework at SPU.
    • Submit an online Major Application. Applications to the Political Science major are accepted year-round.

    New Majors Dessert

    Once you are admitted to a major in the School of Business, Government, and Economics, you will be invited to attend the annual New Majors Dessert. This event serves as a celebration and orientation for all new majors and is typically held in February. Keep an eye on your SPU email for an official invitation.

    All new Accounting, Business, Economics, Global Development, and PPE majors are required to attend. It is optional, but strongly encouraged, for new Political Science majors.

    Direct Admission

    A select group of highly qualified students are offered direct admission to the School of Business, Government, and Economics upon acceptance to Seattle Pacific University. Direct admission is administered by SPU's Undergraduate Admissions Office based upon criteria set by SBGE.

    Incoming freshmen should identify their intended SBGE major on their application for admission to SPU, and they will automatically be considered for direct admission.

    If you will be a freshman and identify your intended SBGE major when applying for admission to SPU, your declaration of interest does not commit you to a major within the School of Business, Government, and Economics. It assures you that an advisor from within the school will be assigned to you, and you’ll receive information about various School activities.

    Transfer students who have completed four lower-division core courses within their intended SBGE major can also choose to be considered for direct admission when they apply for admission to SPU.

    Direct admission is highly competitive. Transfer students not admitted to SBGE upon acceptance to SPU are encouraged to apply when they come to campus. Freshmen are encouraged to follow the traditional major application process, as well. 

    Application to Minors

    To be admitted to a minor in Business Administration, Economics, or Entrepreneurship, you must have attained at least sophomore standing with 45 or more college-level credits, be admitted to a major, and have a minimum 2.9 cumulative GPA from all institutions you have attended.  To be admitted to a minor in Political Science, the minimum required GPA is 2.5.

    Minor applications are accepted year-round.

    Apply for an SBGE minor.

    Contact

    Jake Carlson

    Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs
    MA, Seattle Pacific University

    Email: jake@spu.edu
    Phone: 206-281-2895
    Office: McKenna Hall 202

    Kim Sawers

    Why I Teach at SPU

    Kim Sawers, Associate Professor of Accounting

    "I really love teaching, or I should say I love learning. I derive joy from my students as they learn, ask questions, and get that glimmer of understanding as they have an 'Ah-ha' moment. In addition, I enjoy seeing my students grow over the years."

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