Major and Minor Curriculums

Standards governing completion of a major

  • A major requires a minimum of 45 credits, although most programs require more.
    • A minimum of 23 credits is required in courses numbered 3000–4999, although some programs require more.
    • No more than 75 credits may be required or controlled by a school in designating requirements for a major without review and approval of the SPU Curriculum Committee.
  • You must complete a major to earn either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. 
  • At least 15 of the required upper-division credits in your major must be earned at Seattle Pacific University. 
  • You must meet your major requirements in full.
    • These requirements of proficiency in depth and breadth for each major are specified in the sections of the Undergraduate Catalog assigned to the various schools or departments of the University.
    • These requirements state total credits, upper-division credits, prescribed courses, supporting courses, and non-credit requirements.
  • No grade below C- (1.7) will count toward any major at SPU, and some majors require grades higher than C- (1.7) for courses within the major. Refer to department pages in this catalog for specific requirements. 
  • Coursework with a P grade may not be applied to a major, with the exception of clinical practicum classes in the Nursing program and performance practicum courses in the Theatre major. 
  • You must apply for a major and be accepted by the school or department in which you plan to complete it. The quarter for which you are formally accepted to the major determines the Undergraduate Catalog under which major requirements will be applied. 
  • Minimum criteria for admission to a particular major are found in the sections of the Undergraduate Catalog assigned to the various schools or departments of the University.
  • The school or department in which you complete a major must certify to Student Academic Services that you have satisfactorily met the evaluative and proficiency standards for such a major. 
  • You may simultaneously complete a double major.
    • Both majors may be in a BA category, or two majors in a BS category, or one in a BA category and one in a BS category.
    • All requirements for each major must be completed prior to the granting of your bachelor’s degrees.

Standards governing completion of a minor

  • You are not obligated to complete a minor area of study in order to receive the BA or BS, unless you are majoring in Professional Studies.
    • However, you must complete a major in order to earn a minor.
  • If you pursue a minor it is necessary to apply for, and be accepted into, the minor field. The quarter for which you are formally accepted into a minor determines the Undergraduate Catalog under which minor requirements will be applied.
    • Acceptance into a minor is determined by the academic school or department.
      • Requirements for admission to minors may be found in the school or department sections of this Undergraduate Catalog.
      • If not specifically noted, the GPA for acceptance into the minor is the same as the minimum GPA required for acceptance into the corresponding major.
    • A minor requires a minimum of 30 credits but may not require more than 45 credits without special approval from the University Curriculum Committee.
      • A minimum of 15 credits is required in courses numbered 3000–4999.
      • Requirements for specific minors may be found in the school or department sections of the Undergraduate Catalog.
    • You must earn a minimum of 15 credits toward your minor at SPU, including 10 upper-division credits. 
    • No grade below C- (1.7) will count toward any minor at SPU, and some minors require grades higher than C- (1.7) for courses within the minor.  Refer to department pages in this catalog for specific requirements. 
    • Coursework with a P grade may not be applied to a minor, with the exception of performance practicum courses in the Theatre minor.
    • The school or department in which you complete a minor must certify to Student Academic Services that you have satisfactorily met all requirements for the minor.
    • If you are pursuing a minor, all requirements for the minor must be completed prior to the awarding of your bachelor’s degree. You may not complete a minor after your bachelor's degree has been awarded.

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.

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