OverviewJesuit, Catholic Intellectual TraditionsDisciplinary Knowledge and Integrative LearningCommunicationGlobal Engagement
Rooted in Jesuit, Catholic educational traditions, the primary aim of Seattle University’s Core Curriculum is formative and transformative liberal education. The key elements of this curriculum are foundational knowledge in several relevant disciplines, critical inquiry, reflection on learning and values, and preparation for life as effective and ethical global citizens. This curriculum invites students into engaged learning about themselves, their communities, and the world. Because of the University’s location in the heart of a vibrant city, SU offers students unique learning opportunities connected to Seattle, the Northwestern United States, and global settings.
The Core Curriculum’s learning objectives are derived from SU undergraduate learning objectives and are shaped by four broad goals, each of which has specific knowledge, skills, and values associated with it. Students completing the Core Curriculum will be able to use the stated knowledge, skills, and values in their everyday lives
Through knowledge of Jesuit, Catholic intellectual traditions and understanding of diverse religious traditions, students will reflect on questions of meaning, spirituality, ethics, values, and justice.
By studying humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, and fine arts, students will learn how different disciplines pursue knowledge. They will learn disciplinary ways of posing questions, gathering and analyzing evidence, developing cogent arguments, and engaging issues related to nature, culture, and society. Students will also learn to integrate knowledge and explore their intellectual passions.
Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of genres and for different audiences and purposes through writing, speaking, and visual expression.
Students will examine their roles in local, regional, national, and transnational cultures and communities. Students will be prepared to act, from an informed perspective, on local and global issues that surround and affect them.