Humanities for Teaching
Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching is a pre-education program designed and taught in collaboration with Seattle University's College of Education, a graduate school. Humanities for Teaching students earn a bachelor's degree in four years and receive preferred admission to the College of Education, where they can earn both a Masters in Teaching and a teaching certificate in an optional fifth year. Students who do not choose to complete their Masters in Teaching at Seattle University are excellent candidates for other Masters in Teaching programs and graduate degrees at the nation's top graduate schools.

    Students enter the Humanities for Teaching degree as incoming freshmen. They form a cohort of 15-25 students that, on average, takes one course together each quarter for all four years. Thus, when the cohort begins a new course, they don't waste precious classroom time learning each other's names and building trust - this has been built over the course of four years.

    The degree requirements fall into four categories:

    1. foundational humanities core courses that all Matteo Ricci College students take,
    2. teaching-specific courses that students take with their cohort,
    3. (endorsement courses relating to the subject that a student wants to teach, such as high school English or elementary school, and
    4. electives.

    Sample courses that could count towards an endorsement:

    Elementary (K-8): Geography, Math for K-8 Teachers, Intro to American Politics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Children’s Poetry.

    Math: Calculus, Modern and Euclidean Geometry, Introduction to Advanced Math, Statistics

    Social Studies: Teaching U.S. History, The Roman Empire, Paris - Capital of the 19th Century, Pacific Northwest History, Macroeconomics, Geography