Dare to Learn

Be the architect of your degree

The purpose of the Humanities degrees offered by Matteo Ricci Institute is to form more humane persons and to promote justice in our shared world. The coursework and experiences develop students who are alert to their own cultural presuppositions, capable of self-expression, and involved in meaningful work. A related objective is to keep alive the student-centered pedagogy of the best of Jesuit education through lively discussion in small classes, a curriculum centered on challenging questions, and close attention to individual students. The purpose of such an investigation is, above all else, to foster a life worth living through a deeper sense of one’s own person and connection with our global community.

At Matteo Ricci Institute, our programs lend themselves to creating a foundation for further learning. Add another degree, major, minor, and study abroad! Check out our programs to start creating your blueprint.

Matteo Ricci Institute offers a cohort model in which students have the opportunity of forming lasting bonds with their peers throughout the duration of their education. Due to our small class sizes, averaging 25 students, professors are able to engage with students on a deeper level.


This program offers you the ability to earn two degrees in a total of four years or graduate in three years rather than the typical four years.

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Humanities for Teaching

Gain classroom experience and hone your teaching skills throughout your education. You can also specialize in elementary education, preparing to apply for a Washington State K-8 teaching certificate.

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Humanities for Leadership

Graduate with a degree and a resume. You benefit from an integrated internship program during your junior and senior years.

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Minor, Humanities

Stand out in the crowd with a boost to your major and experience small, creative classes. Complement your hard skills with complex thinking.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the core of their undergraduate studies, Matteo Ricci Institute students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply the methods of the humanities and other disciplines to matters of structural injustice and perennial human concern.
  • Practice reflection and discernment consistent with Jesuit Catholic traditions.
  • Identify and describe ways that social factors such as power or privilege influence their life circumstances and those of others.
  • Understand different conceptions of peace and justice.
  • Articulate ideas clearly and persuasively in context-appropriate speech and writing.

BAH Specific Qualifications

Students who fulfill any one of the following requirements are eligible for the dual-degree track:

  • Earn AP, IB, College in the High School, or Running Start credit in English Composition, US History, Math, Lab Science and/or Fine Arts.
  • Are from O'Dea, Archbishop Murphy, Kennedy Catholic, Forest Ridge, and Eastside Catholic and have taken Matteo Ricci Institute equivalent classes.
  • Complete a Matteo Ricci Institute course through Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA).

Students complete the Humanities degree as an accelerated 3-year program and may choose to stay for a fourth year to earn a second degree.

How to Apply

Prospective students may apply for any of our three degrees in Matteo Ricci Institute. At Seattle University, students may apply directly to their major of choice at the time of admission. Incoming first year students are encouraged to select their Matteo Ricci program at that time. Additionally, freshman or sophomore students may transfer into the program.

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MRC graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, some recent examples are:

  • Instructor at Southwest Youth and Family Services
  • Teacher at Kids Science Labs
  • Global Programs Coordinator at iLEAP
  • Software Development Engineer at C-Labs
  • Studying Law at Boston University 
  • Outreach Assistant at Jesuit Volunteer Corps
  • Marketing Coordinator at Joseph Jewelers 
  • Fulbright Scholar in South Korea
  • Business Development Analyst
  • Washington State Senator, 37th District

Contact Us

  • Paulette Kidder, PhD

    Paulette Kidder, PhD

    (206) 296-5407

  • Dan Washburn, PhD

    Dan Washburn, PhD

    Associate Director
    (206) 398-4475

  • Christina Juarez

    Christina Juarez

    Senior Administrative Assistant
    (206) 296-2690

Matteo Ricci Institute