Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Though Seattle Pacific University makes every effort to provide students with effective academic advising, the final responsibility for meeting all academic and graduation requirements rests with each individual student.

  • The Undergraduate Catalog under which you are admitted to SPU serves as the official record of admission, general academic, and general graduation requirements, with the exception of standards governing the completion of your major and/or minor.
  • The quarter in which you are accepted into a major or minor by the school or department offering the major or minor will determine the Undergraduate Catalog from which the major and/or minor requirements will be applied.  
  • Degrees are awarded and posted to your transcript based on the quarter in which you fulfill all degree requirements. Your degree will be posted within one quarter after your last quarter of enrollment.
  • You may request reasonable substitutions for specific requirements through a petition to Student Academic Services in Demaray Hall 120. (Read more about student academic appeals and exceptions to academic policy.)
  • Advising by University personnel inconsistent with published statements is not binding.

General Education curriculum requirements

Most undergraduate students entering Seattle Pacific University during the 2017–18 academic year follow the standard general education curriculum to complete their undergraduate degrees. Students completing alternate general education curriculums are those admitted to the University Scholars Program, who complete a historically-based "great works" curriculum, and those admitted to the Professional Studies Program, who complete the curriculum for special programs

The standard general education curriculum includes:

  • The Common Curriculum, which consists of the University Colloquium, Academic Writing, University Core, University Foundations, and Senior Capstone courses 
  • The Exploratory Curriculum, including Ways of Knowing and Ways of Engaging courses 

If you are a transfer student who, prior to first matriculation at SPU, has completed an associate degree through a community college in Washington, Oregon, or California, refer to the Transfer Student information in the Admissions section of this catalog for information about how the particular degree may apply toward fulfillment of SPU’s competency requirements, Common Curriculum, and Exploratory Curriculum. Associate degrees earned after your initial matriculation at SPU will not be recognized, unless you are an official participant in the Reverse Transfer DTA associate degree agreement.

Once you have begun classes at Seattle Pacific, you should never enroll in a course at another institution without consulting a faculty advisor and an academic counselor, and without completing an Application for Studying Away

Policies governing transfer of credits are found in the Transfer Students section of this catalog, with addition information listed under Enrollment at Other Institutions for those taking credits elsewhere after matriculation at SPU.


Graduation checklist

The 2017–18 graduation requirements checklists

Refer to your checklist to ensure that you’re taking the required courses and credits you need to earn your degree in a timely manner.

Undergraduate checklist, student

Your career, your calling

The Center for Career and Calling helps you explore your vocational calling through career counseling and advising, career testing, workshops, career events, and career classes.