SPU Launches New Graduate Programs
THREE NEW GRADUATE programs will be offered at Seattle Pacific University beginning in 2005. They include master’s degree programs
in creative writing and organizational psychology, and a doctoral program in organizational
“SPU is growing its graduate offerings
carefully, developing new programs that meet a need and that strengthen our ability to engage the culture and change the world,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs Les Steele.
The new low-residency master of fine arts (M.F.A.) program is
a creative writing curriculum for people who want to pursue writing
within the context of the Judeo-Christian faith tradition. Program
director Greg Wolfe points to writers in this tradition who will
serve as models for students, including Augustine, the Pearl poet, Sor Juana de la Cruz, John Milton, Gerard Manley Hopkins,
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Flannery O’Connor, and Annie Dillard.
Wolfe, who is also editor of Image journal, says he believes
that the M.F.A. program will appeal to serious writers who care
deeply about matters of faith. “We are seeking to extend the tradition of Christian writing in which the highest levels of art, an open-eyed exploration of human experience, and a respect for transcendent mystery are all held in balance,” he explains.
SPU’s two other new graduate offerings focus on one of today’s fastest growing areas of professional expertise: organizational psychology.
The discipline is relevant to almost every business or organization, says Rob McKenna, program director and associate professor of psychology: “Our goal is to equip graduates for strategic organizational leadership.
The master of arts degree program is designed for the working
professional with courses offered in the late afternoons and
on weekends. It will prepare students for positions in fields
such as organizational development, executive coaching, human
resources, leadership development, training, and program evaluation.
The doctor of philosophy degree program adds an emphasis on theory,
methodology, and research, and prepares students to take on higher
level academic, consulting, and leadership positions.
about SPU’s graduate programs, visit www.spu.edu/graduate.
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