Welcome to the University Core!
The Core Curriculum is Seattle University’s common undergraduate educational experience. Indeed, it is the very heart of your Seattle University education, embodying the university’s mission and helping you develop as leaders for a just and humane world. The Core isn’t simply a distribution requirement intended to make you more “well rounded.” Instead, it is a thoughtfully designed, integrated curriculum created to help all SU students grow as scholars, as citizens, and as reflective and engaged whole persons, ready to make a difference in the world.
The University Core is an important part of your SU education that goes hand-in-hand with your major classes and out-of-class experiences. It will prepare you for success as both a student and after you graduate. Here’s how:
Your Core classes have been designed by talented and dedicated faculty members who use their expertise to shape the content of each class, and who organize 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 your capacity to read critically, write carefully, and express ideas effectively.
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. Jeff Philpott
Director, University Core Curriculum
The University Core helps students grow as scholars, as citizens, and as reflective and engaged whole persons, ready to make a difference in the world.Dr. Jeff Philpott Director, University Core
The Seattle University Campus is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University Core Office is operating virtually and is not holding regular or any in-person office hours. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry or request we will respond to you, usually within 24 hours during regular business hours. (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.) We are able to resolve almost all issues via email and if we are unable, we will schedule a Zoom video appointment to assist you.