University Core Curriculum

About the Core

  • 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.

    The Core Curriculum is built around focused courses where students take classes with faculty who have designed the courses around their intellectual passions. The new curriculum is global and contemporary, preparing our students for the world today and in the future, building upon the foundation of our Jesuit heritage and wisdom.

    The Core Curriculum is slightly smaller in credit load than the previous requirements, allowing students more flexibility for other academic pursuits. The 60-credit University Core Curriculum consists of a total of 12 courses plus a major-specific capstone course (with a minimum of 3 credits) distributed over four core learning objectives areas. Course work to develop the knowledge, skills, and values identified in the learning objectives will take place across four modules that will comprise the new core curriculum.

  • Student Events

    Congratulations to the Class of 2015!  Continuing students, however, know that Fall 2015 registration is well under way!  Can't find the Core class you need?  Come to the Core Solution Center during the first week of classes on the 2nd floor of the University Services Building.  We'll be available 9:30am to 4:00pm these days to assist you:

    • Wednesday, September 23
    • Thursday, September 24
    • Friday, September 25