University Core Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my AP credits count toward the Core?
Transfer students—with DTA and without?
Will my Running Start credits (for Washington students) count?
How many global challenges courses do I need? Which ones?
Can I take Core classes during study abroad?
Is there a foreign language requirement?
How many Core classes will I need to take?
Am I required to take the new core courses in sequence? 

Will my AP credits count toward the Core?

AP and IB credits can be used to fulfill four Core courses: Academic Writing Seminar, Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning, Creative Expression and Interpretation, and Religion in a Global Context. Official policies are available on the Office of the Registrar's website under Academic Policies.

Can I transfer credits from another institution toward SU’s Core requirements?

Yes. Some, but not all, of the University Core courses can be fulfilled through transfer courses. Which courses can be fulfilled depends on how many credits a transfer student has earned prior to matriculating at Seattle University, which specific courses they have completed, and whether they have received a transferable associate degree. Students who have completed a transferable associate degree will receive the most credit towards Core requirements.  For comprehensive information please see the University Core Curriculum Policy 2012-01 on the Office of the Registrar's Academic Policies webpage. 

Will my Running Start credits (for Washington students) count?

Yes. Running Start credits are treated as transfer credits and may count, depending on which courses were completed and how many credits a student has earned.

How many global challenges courses do I need? Which ones?

Every SU student will take the two Global Challenges courses most outside of their major/general area of study. For example, a student seeking a BA in Psychology will take the Humanities and Global Challenges course and the Natural Science and Global Challenges course. A student majoring in Chemistry will take the Humanities and Global Challenges course and the Social Science and Global Challenges course. Note that students who are double-majoring must only take the Global Challenges courses required for their primary major. Students seeking a double degree must complete the Global Challenges courses required for both majors (except MRC students, whose MRC coursework fulfills all Core requirements).

Can I take Core classes during study abroad?

Yes. Many courses in study abroad programs can count towards the Core. This includes courses offered through Seattle University and courses offered through other institutions offering study abroad programs approved by the SU Education Abroad office. Individual courses need to be approved in advance in order to receive Core credit. Please consult the Education Abroad Office for assistance.

Is there a foreign language requirement?

The University Core Curriculum does not have a foreign language requirement. However, some colleges and programs do require proficiency in a language, please refer to the Catalog to view the requirements for your degree.

How many Core classes will I need to take?

Students who enter Seattle University as Freshmen will take 12 University Core courses and a capstone course in their major in order to complete a Seattle University Degree. Transfer students may be required to take fewer courses, depending on their transfer status.

Am I required to take the new core courses in sequence?

In general, we recommend that students complete the four modules of the University Core in order, but it is not uncommon for there to be some overlap or between the timing of the modules. Some University Core courses have identified prerequisites and must be taken in sequence:

Course  Prerequisite(s)
UCOR 1810: Inquiry Seminar in the Natural Sciences ("Physical" subcategory only) UCOR 1200: Quantitative Reasoning
UCOR 2100: Theological Explorations UCOR 1100: Academic Writing Seminar
UCOR 2500: Philosophy of the Human Person UCOR 1100: Academic Writing Seminar
UCOR 29X0: Ethical Reasoning  UCOR 2500: Philosophy of the Human Person
UCOR 3100: Religion in a Global Context UCOR 2100: Theological Explorations
UCOR 34X0: Humanities and Global Challenges 75 credits, including:
UCOR 14X0: Inquiry Seminar in the Humanities
UCOR 36X0: Social Sciences and Global Challenges 75 credits, including:
UCOR 1200: Quantitative Reasoning
UCOR 16X0: Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences
UCOR 38X0: Natural Sciences and Global Challenges  75 credits, including:
UCOR 1200: Quantitative Reasoning
UCOR 18X0: Inquiry Seminar in the Natural Sciences