University Foundation Requirements

SPU considers the University Foundations requirements to be at the heart of our approach to higher education. Therefore, each transfer student is expected to complete these requirements at SPU.

  • Each student who enters SPU with freshman or sophomore standing will complete the full 15-credit Foundations sequence, which includes UFDN 1000 Christian Faith, UFDN 2000 Christian Scriptures, and UFDN 3100 Christian Theology.
  • Transfer students with junior or senior standing upon admission will fulfill the University Foundations requirement by completing 10 credits total, including 5 credits in UFDN 3001 “Christian Scriptures” followed by 5 credits in UFDN 3100 “Christian Theology.”
  • If you have just completed the DTA associate degree through the Running Start Program, and entered SPU with junior standing, you are encouraged to complete at least one quarter at SPU before enrolling in UFDN 3001.
  • If you have taken Bible or theology courses at a member institution of the Christian College Consortium, up to 10 credits may be accepted toward the fulfillment of the University Foundations requirement.*
  • Transfer of credit toward Foundations requirements may be granted only by petition process from an ABHE-accredited Bible school, or from a school not in the Christian College Consortium but accredited by one of the following accrediting agencies: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges; Higher Learning Commission (HLC); Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE); New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE); Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC); WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
  • Credits from other institutions may not fulfill University Foundations requirements.

*In all cases, students must complete at least five credits of coursework in the School of Theology (UFDN or THEO disciplines) at Seattle Pacific University. THEO 3100 “Community Bible Study” may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

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