The University Core Curriculum is the heart of Seattle University’s liberal education. It emphasizes rigorous engagement with multiple disciplines while inviting students to broaden their perspectives through interdisciplinary discourse. As a part of the Jesuit educational tradition, Core courses model inquiry, critical thinking, and reflection as modes of both understanding and discernment.
As you will see from the resources on this website, the Core is dynamic and vibrant. Each of the modules in the Core Curriculum fosters inquiry and exploration. No one is more important than the others and each of them is flexible. Classes have been designed by faculty members who have used their expertise to shape the content of each class, and who have organized that content around some of the most pressing and thought-provoking questions in their disciplines. Each class invites students to actively participate in the dialogues produced by such questions—sharpening their capacity to read critically, write carefully, and express ideas effectively.
By strengthening their ability to take on difficult questions in multiple disciplines, Core courses prepare students to succeed in both their chosen majors and as thoughtful and empowered leaders for a just and humane world.
I invite incoming or prospective students, as well as current students, faculty, and staff to explore all that SU’s Core has to offer.
Dr. Kate Koppelman
Director, University Core Curriculum