Students in our programs enjoy working closely with their professors — in rehearsal spaces, around seminar tables, in the studio, or while crafting a story for the campus newspaper. Our students are inquisitive, expressive, and attentive to deep questions and nuanced answers. Together we consider some of life’s most perplexing questions and engage in constructive conversations about faith, equity, beauty, justice, and value — with awareness of our shared and divergent histories and perspectives. Our programs are integral to the life of the university.
As an SPU student, you may find yourself taking an afternoon walk across campus, enjoying the sound of orchestra or choir or jazz band rehearsals, or happening upon a group of students rehearsing for a theatrical production, or a room full of history students discussing current events in light of past occurrences.
I am proud of the ways in which the transformative experiences students have in our programs translate into sustained success on the job market. Whether it be Visual Communications majors landing positions at Amazon, Disney, Nordstrom, and PushPay, Philosophy graduates finding work at Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Premera (We have a Philosophy Tech Track for that!), or Social Justice majors entering law school, or using their skills in the nonprofit sector, opportunities abound! And of course many decide to pursue graduate degrees in competitive programs at prestigious universities, including Oxford, Princeton, University of Chicago, and Seattle’s own University of Washington.
Even more important than the particular path chosen, however, is the desire I see in our students to live a life of service, compassion, and purpose, which the reading of literature, the study of culture, the appreciation of artistic expression, and the contemplation of vexing questions effectively fosters.
Interim Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities
College of Arts and Sciences