May 30, 2024  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information


A holistic approach to teaching and learning is the cornerstone of a Seattle University education, which nurtures the intellectual, spiritual and personal growth of our students. At SU, scholarly pursuits go hand-in-hand with the Jesuit tradition of social justice and service learning. Our undergraduate and graduate students excel in the classroom and are making their mark in their communities and beyond.

Founded in 1891, Seattle University offers a values-based education steeped in the Jesuit tradition. The university’s positioning to be the premier independent university in the Northwest is closely woven with the history of Seattle and the Puget Sound region.

Seattle University is a vibrant and diverse campus with more than 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students that continues the traditions of its founders through a commitment to a mission- and purpose-driven education.

About Seattle University

Situated on 50-acres, Seattle University is home to eight schools and colleges: the Albers School of Business and Economics, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Science and Engineering, Matteo Ricci College, the School of Law and the School of Theology and Ministry.

One of 28 Jesuit-Catholic universities in the country, SU cultivates intellectual and spiritual development with its high-caliber faculty, small class sizes, academic rigor, challenging curriculum and emphasis on education for justice.

The university, its colleges and programs consistently rank among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and Princeton Review’s Best Colleges guide. The university is among the most diverse independent universities in the West, with our students representing more than 60 countries.

Located within steps of Seattle’s downtown core, SU provides distinctive learning, service and career opportunities for students. There are 61 undergraduate and 31 graduate degree programs that offer a variety of specializations, plus 21 certificate programs.

To balance the intellectual demands of the curriculum, students take advantage of the abundant cultural and recreational opportunities afforded by our location within a dynamic, global city and the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

Students don’t need to venture off campus to enjoy the serenity of an urban oasis with the university’s lush green spaces and distinctive Japanese gardens. Seattle University is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, which followed the university’s designation in 1989 as a Backyard Wild-life Sanctuary by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Seattle University is also widely known for its efforts and initiatives that support sustainability. As a green campus, SU is a nationally recognized leader in recycling-the university recycles more than 62 percent of its waste. Water conservation and renewable energy are also important to the university.

At SU, facilities are more than simply bricks and mortar; they play an important role in how we educate our students and the programs we provide. In the past 15 years, the campus has undergone major facilities improvements. Additions in recent years include the Clinical Performance Nursing Laboratory and the Jeanne Marie and Rhoady Lee, Jr. Center for the Arts, a premier performing arts center to showcase the university’s dramatic and visual arts and music. In fall 2010, the university opened the doors to the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, a reimagined and sophisticated library and learning commons designed with the space and technology suited to today’s student.

As the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is the intellectual heart of the campus, the spiritual center is the Chapel of St. Ignatius, the vision of architect Steven Holl. In addition to being a campus and civic landmark, the chapel is a popular place of worship for the campus community and its friends and neighbors.

How We Educate

At Seattle University, excellent teaching-supported by high-quality scholarship and personalized attention to student learning-ensures an intellectually challenging education, which is at the heart of our mission in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

The university culture supports a total experience, one that promotes vision, character and leadership and educates the whole person.

The Jesuit-Catholic educational tradition sows independent thinkers who are informed by the humanities and social justice as they grow into global citizens.

Course work, programs and activities reflect the Jesuit principles of the service of faith and promotion of justice to address issues of poverty, injustice, discrimination, violence and the environment in committed and effective ways.

For the faith component of an SU education, the university encourages and assists all students in exploring their relationship with humanity, nature and God, and provides all members of the university community the means to deepen their understanding of faith.

Student Academic Services and Programs

Meeting the needs of a diverse student body means providing a variety of programs, activities and resources to enhance the educational experience. It also means helping students achieve success from the moment they step on campus to the day they walk across the stage at commencement.

Academic Advising and Support Services

Faculty and staff members who advise or provide related services in support of academic success and retention recognize the vital role an advisor plays in the overall college experience. Faculty, professionals and peers serve as academic advisors in the various colleges and schools.

Student Academic Services provides support to develop and promote high-quality campus advising services. This includes ongoing skill-building opportunities for faculty advisors and dissemination of the latest advising information. The department also coordinates a referral system that identifies students experiencing academic difficulties and extends resources and support.

Information: (206) 296-2260,


Seattle University Athletics takes a holistic approach to developing student-athletes by creating a culture where they can achieve success while balancing academics and athletics. The mission of our athletics program is the development of ethical leaders and student-athletes who exemplify the value of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Many of our students earn All-American honors for their exemplary work in sports and in academics.

The transition from Division II to a Division I program as it is today allows our student-athletes to compete at the top level in NCAA action. By 2012, our athletics program will be full D-I. SU offers a range of sports for men and women, from basketball to swimming, track and field to soccer and volleyball.

Information: (206) 296-6441,

Career Services

Career Services offers services to assist students and recent graduates in career choices. These include internships, career testing and employment guidance, plus help with résumé and cover letter writing, and job search strategies.

Information: (206) 296-6080,


Seattle University collegia provide a home-away-from-home environment for commuter and transfer students. The university offers five collegia where students can gather to study, socialize and relax while on campus.

Information: (206) 296-6291,

Commuter and Transfer Student Services

Commuter and Transfer Student Services fosters a sense of belonging, involvement and connection for commuter & transfer students with each other and the SU community. It supports the educational success of commuter & transfer students by providing services, programs, and learning communities that address needs particular to their populations. Five Collegia provide beautiful and welcoming “home away from home” environments that support the day-to-day needs of the complex lives of commuter and transfer students through study space, kitchen facilities and snack system, access to campus resources, computers, books and newspapers.

Information: (206) 296-6291,

Culture and Language Bridge

The Culture and Language Bridge program is designed to prepare non-native English speakers for a productive academic career. The primary goal of the program is to provide students with an understanding of American academic culture. The courses offered in the program are highly advanced, with a specific focus on university-level reading, writing, listening and speaking. The program is offered in fall, winter and spring quarters.

Information: (206) 296-6064,

Disabilities Services

Disabilities Services provides academic counseling, support, advocacy and referrals for students with disabilities. The office arranges academic adjustments such as testing adaptations, note takers, books on tape, facilities access, adaptive/auxiliary aids and interpreters, and coordinates other forms of reasonable accommodation to allow students with disabilities to participate in university programs, services and activities. Written documentation of a student’s disability from a qualified professional must be submitted before reasonable accommodations and academic adjustments can be provided. Copies of the Seattle University Section 504/ADA Policy and Appeal Procedure are available in Loyola Hall, room 100 or online.

Information: (206) 296-5740,

International Student Center

The International Student Center (ISC) is a focal point for student activities and programs of a global, cultural, educational and social nature, and it is a gathering place for Seattle University’s international and domestic student populations and student organizations. The ISC is committed to supporting the academic and Jesuit mission of Seattle University and the strategic priority of Global Engagement by working closely with campus partners. The International Student Center (ISC) assists 540 international students from 63 different countries in achieving success in their educational endeavors, and through the contribution of their varied and unique cultural and global perspectives, serves to broaden the University community’s cultural and global awareness and assist in the process of “empowering leaders for a just and humane world.”

The ISC plans large-scale events like International Education Week and the International Dinner while providing assistance to our international students in all matters pertaining to immigration, visa status, document certification, employment authorization and more. The office also serves as a resource for all matters pertaining to visa support for SU’s international faculty members and scholars. Our office also offers cultural adjustment to our international students and the Center encourages all students to get actively involved in the I-Buddy Program, the International Dinner Series, and in the various international clubs at SU to ensure they are globally engaged during their SU experience.

The ISC lounge & kitchen offers all SU students a place to relax, meet new people from all over the world, surf the internet on the two lounge computers, or watch sports on a large satellite flat-screen TV. The lounge and kitchen also acts as a place for students clubs and organizations to plan and implement private cultural events and activities.

Information: (206) 296-6260,

Leadership Development

Seattle University’s mission is to prepare all students to be agents for change in the world. Leadership Development offers programs, services and resources to help each student discover and develop their own potential. The office sponsors workshops and conferences, training on skills, opportunities to put leadership into action and personal coaching.

Information: (206) 296-LEAD (5323),

Office of Fellowships

Seattle University has a proven track record when it comes to prestigious scholarships, fellowships and awards.

Over the years many of our students have received fellowships and grants, including Fulbright scholarships; a Soros Fellowship; a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship; a Goldwater Scholarship; and Truman Scholar Awards. (The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation designated SU as an Honor Institution, a distinction given to universities that have several Truman Scholars and that promote the values of public service.)

The Office of Fellowships supports undergraduate and graduate students in their search for fellowships, grants and other academic opportunities. The office provides a clearinghouse of information about various funding opportunities and assists students in locating fellowships that ft their interests, experience and goals.

A range of fellowship opportunities is supported through the Office of Fellowships, from smaller, local competitions to prominent national contests.

While the Office of Fellowships offers guidance in choosing a fellowship, its primary mission is to support students through the application process. This includes writing assistance, advising and interview preparation.

Information: (206) 296-2517, Appointments: (206) 296-5740.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs works within a social justice framework to support the holistic success and wellness of a diverse student population. In doing so, a variety of programs, opportunities for involvement and leadership, services and referrals are provided to enhance student learning and engagement.

Information: (206) 296-6070,

Premajor Studies Program

The Premajor Studies program, a division of the College of Arts and Sciences, provides academic advising and support in exploring majors and career choices for undecided freshmen and sophomores. Special programs offered throughout the year broaden students’ experience of exploration, discernment and decision making.

Information: (206) 296-2260,

Student Events and Activities Council

The Student Events and Activities Council (SEAC) is responsible for planning and implementing campus-wide social activities such as concerts, dances, comedy shows, lectures and public forums.

Information: (206) 296-6047,

Student Governance

Seattle University recognizes the importance of student involvement in the campus community. Student government provides not only leadership opportunities, but also a means to contribute to a vital and engaged campus life. The Associated Students of Seattle University (ASSU), Seattle University’s undergraduate student government, organizes and leads services and programs geared toward students. The association also offers support for student clubs and events, and advocates on campus issues.

Information: (206) 296-6050,

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a union of academic excellence and outreach. The center exists to support the university’s core curriculum and to serve the writing needs of the greater campus community. The Writing Center is staffed with writing consultants from multiple disciplines who are trained to work on a range of writing assignments.

Information: (206) 296-6239,

Educating the Whole Person

A well-rounded education is about more than scholastic success-it is values- and mission-driven; it enriches and inspires. Confident, skilled student leaders are developed through our top-notch educators and service and social justice offerings. In addition to academic achievements and personal growth, Seattle University provides many opportunities for exploration of faith, and fitness and wellness.

Mission and Ministry

Mission and Ministry consists of several branches that extend outward to connect the Catholic Jesuit character of Seattle University with academic and service-learning programs. The office encompasses Jesuit Mission and Identity, the chaplain for faculty and staff, Magis: Alumni Committed for Mission, and Campus Ministry, which coordinates on-campus chapels and liturgical services.

Information: (206) 296-6133,

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry brings together and supports the many faith communities at Seattle University. In addition to outreach and education, Campus Ministry promotes social justice, pastoral care and service, and personal and spiritual growth through various programs and regional and international learning experiences.

The heart of the university’s Catholic faith community is the Chapel of St. Ignatius, which offers daily and Sunday liturgies and special events, such as concerts and Taize prayer. The Campion Ecumenical Chapel provides a large worship space for denominational and ecumenical Christian worship, and the Campion Multifaith Prayer Room offers a sacred place for daily personal prayer and group prayer for persons of all faiths. The Immaculate Conception Chapel, located on the second floor of the Administration Building, offers a place of refuge and prayer, and is the site of a weekday Mass.

Campus Ministry offers many resources and service-learning opportunities through the Maguire Center and Hunthausen Resource Center, both located on the first floor of the Student Center.

Information: (206) 296-6075,

Center for Service and Community Engagement

In keeping with the Jesuit tradition and principles of service and justice, students have opportunities to serve and learn through the Center for Service and Community Engagement.

The office promotes student leadership in the community, supports service-learning courses and builds sustained partnerships with dozens of local community-based organizations through various service opportunities.

In 2009-10, 101 faculty engaged 3,928 students in 244 course sectiosn with a service-learning component, and over 75 percent of undergraduate students volunteer in the community before graduating. Beyond service-learning, major Center for Service and Community Engagement efforts include the Seattle University Youth Initiative, quarterly one-day service projects including the annual Service Seattle, a series of local immersion trips, and year-long mentoring, tutoring and leadership programs.

Information: (206) 296-2569,

Education Abroad

The Education Abroad office facilitates intellectual and intercultural experiences that contribute to leadership and service in the Jesuit tradition. Seattle University’s Education Abroad is among the top programs of its kind in the nation, according to the latest Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education. In the report, SU made three of the lists for “Top 40 Institutions,” ranking 14th for numbers of students studying abroad in the Masters Carnegie category and 13th for short-term abroad programs. SU made the top 40 for overall participation by undergraduates.

Almost half of the students who participate in education abroad take short-term trips, and the rest spend a quarter or longer abroad on SU-sponsored or approved programs in Austria, Belize, China, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Ghana, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Spain.

Additional international abroad opportunities are available through the Research for Development Graduate Program and the International Development Internship Program for undergraduates. Both programs place participants in internships where they conduct research or academic internships at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Research for Development Graduate Program places graduate students in internships where they conduct research for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa and Southeast Asia, Burma and Thailand. The International Development Internship Program is a 20-credit academic program for undergraduate students that connects students with internships with NGOs in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Both programs focus on students acquiring a sense of responsibility for social justice, which enables them to serve communities at local, national and international levels.

To prepare for this international service and deepen their understanding afterward, students attend on-campus seminars before and after their time abroad.

Information: (206) 296-2226,

Office for Wellness and Health Promotion

Director Deb Hinchey, MPH, and the student-based Peer Health Action Team (also known as PHAT) promote good health practices through education, prevention, collaboration and peer support. The goal is to enhance student health and well-being. All Seattle University students have the ability to meet the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion staff and learn about health and wellness issues, attend events or workshops or contribute to a healthy campus environment by joining PHAT. Issues and activities include nutrition and physical activity, alcohol awareness, managing stress and finding balance, substance abuse awareness, sexual health, sexual assault, mental health awareness and more.

Information: (206) 2593,

Recreational Sports

Seattle University Recreational Sports provides quality programs, services, and facilities that enhance each participant’s opportunity for leisure, recreation, fitness, and wellness in relation to his or her personal development. Whether it is promoting wellness, providing worthwhile recreational activities or building community, the Recreational Sports Department is an integral component of a Seattle University student’s holistic education.

The Redhawk Center is an approximately 150,000 square-foot recreation facility located at the corner of 14th Street and East Cherry Street that provides the Seattle University community with a space to recreate positively and safety. It has the following features:

  • Two full-sized gymnasiums
  • A multi-purpose space with an Astroturf surface
  • A fitness/weight room equipped with cardio-theater and Sirius satellite radio
    • Includes free weights, circuit machines, and cardio-vascular equipment
  • Four racquetball courts
  • One squash court
  • One spinning room
  • An instructional classroom
  • A quiet exercise space
  • Two swimming pools
  • Saunas in each locker room facility

In fall 2011, SU will open a Fitness Center addition to the Redhawk Center. There are also two outdoor playing fields, Logan Field and Championship Field. Logan Field is available as open outdoor recreation space for the Seattle University community. Championship Field features a single lane jogging track and four tennis courts.

The Intramural Sports program at Seattle University offers a wide range of activities for students and faculty/staff throughout the academic year, including flag football, volleyball, table tennis, basketball, and softball, just to name a few. Interested students can either create their own teams with friends or roommates or sign up as a “free agent” to be placed on a team. Intramural Sports at Seattle University provide an active environment that allows participants to enjoy healthy competition, relieve stress, have fun, meet people, and make new friends.

The Outdoor Adventure Recreation program provides students with the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest through outdoor recreation. Each quarter student leaders guide trail, snow, climbing, water, cycling and service project activities. Think kayaking, camping, ski/snowboarding, hiking, beach cleanups, and more! OAR outings and on-campus events are open to everyone in the Seattle University community. OAR also supplies you with outdoor recreation equipment; available to rent at nominal costs.

The Leisure Education Program offers instructional programs and group fitness classes in areas including Master Swim, water aerobics, spinning, ballroom dancing, yoga, and other wellness and fitness related classes.

Information: (206) 296-6441,

Student Development

Student Development is committed to creating a vital and engaged campus community that challenges and supports undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Working in partnership with other areas of the campus, Student Development provides programs, services and activities to assist students in developing the competencies, skills set and values needed to lead and serve in a diverse and changing world.

Information: (206) 296-6066,

Teaching for the 21st Century Student

Seattle University draws on its distinguished faculty and personalized attention to learning-the student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1-to ensure today’s tech-savvy and socially conscious students receive the best education and learning experience.

Most full-time faculty have earned doctoral degrees and are active scholars, contributing to the advancement of their fields. Service and social justice underpin the SU curriculum, and help develop our students into global citizens.

Students from all majors are encouraged to expand their understanding of other countries and cultures by studying, working or doing community service abroad. International options abound through Education Abroad. Faculty members also lead field studies abroad.

Campus Life and Services

Seattle University residence halls are more than a place for students to rest their heads-they are an intersection for living and learning. In addition to providing an engaging environment in residence halls, the university offers many vital services within the confines of the campus. This includes the Public Safety office where students can get parking permits and bus passes, as well as safety escorts, and the Student Health Center, which provides primary care services and more. The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons offers a vast collection of resources and research materials. The SU Bookstore is the go-to place for course textbooks and supplies, plus snacks and other sundries. University Food Services give students options when it comes to what they eat, with a variety of healthy choices at convenient locations on campus.


Seattle University Bookstore, located in the University Services Building, is a one-stop source for new and used textbooks, textbook rentals, and supplemental course materials. Book buy-back is open year around. The bookstore also offers Redhawk apparel and gift items, electronics, food and beverages, general books and school supplies. The bookstore carries distinctive products and gifts.

Information: (206) 296-5820,

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services assists students in meeting the challenges of college life by encouraging healthy personal choices and balanced perspectives. Students can seek counseling and psychological services for a variety of reasons and concerns, such as depression or anxiety, life crises, relationship challenges, sexuality issues and drug and alcohol abuse. Licensed social workers, psychologists and graduate interns provide group, couple and individual counseling and referral services for those requiring specialized or long-term care. These services are provided without charge to current students. All clinical services are confidential and no information is released without the student’s consent, unless required or allowed by law. The staff also provides consultation and crisis intervention to the greater campus community.

Information: (206) 296-6090,

Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons features innovative technology and a range of academic services to support research, writing, and learning, all made available under the auspices of the innovative Learning Commons Partnership. An experienced and friendly information and research staff helps students locate and use information resources to support their academic work. Assistance is provided through a variety of convenient methods-on-site, telephone, email, 24x7 chat services and one-on-one assistance from librarians through the popular Research Consultation service. Students can strengthen study skills and receive subject-specific tutoring through the Learning Assistance Programs, develop critical thinking and writing strengths by working with consultants in the Writing Center and receive problem-solving assistance from the Math Lab. These collateral academic support services are conveniently located on the second floor of the building. (Consult this Handbook for individual entries for each of these academic services.)

The six-floor facility houses a media production center, The Byte café, five distinctive reading rooms, numerous bookable group study rooms and two computer labs. It provides seating for 975 in a variety of settings-private and collaborative group study rooms, open carrels, study tables, lounge seating and collaborative computer workstations-and offers 4,000 square feet of 24-hour study areas on two floors. Desktop computers provide access to the library catalog, a wealth of online digital information and the Microsoft Office Suite. A secure wireless network is accessible from all public areas and a laptop and digital camera check-out service is provided.

The library houses a growing collection of materials in multiple formats including more than 300,000 printed book and periodical volumes, 1,800 current print periodical subscriptions and access to more than 50,000 electronic journals, 130 online databases and 6,600 electronic books. Modest collections of rare books and university archival materials, multi-media and microforms round out the on-site collections, which are accessible through the library’s online catalog. The university’s membership in the Orbis Cascade Alliance provides students with online borrowing privileges and on-site access to more than 28 million items in the collections of the other 35 Alliance libraries in Oregon and Washington. Membership in the Northwest Association of Private Colleges and Universities also extends onsite access to the collections of 30 private academic institutions in the region.

From the novice to the experienced library user, from first-year to graduate students, from the humanities to the sciences to the professional schools, every student can benefit from the rich resources available at the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons.

Information: (206) 296-6222,

New Student and Family Programs

New Student and Family Programs coordinates a variety of activities designed to help new freshmen and incoming students and their families adjust to the university, learn about available resources and meet students, faculty and staff. The office also coordinates Family Weekend, Summer in Seattle and orientation events.

Information: 206-296-2525,

Public Safety

Public Safety believes that by reporting incidents of crime and addressing safety concerns, individuals can contribute to the development of a healthy and safe community. Public Safety provides 24-hour security for the campus. Security staff is available to assist students in a variety of ways, including first aid, safety escorts, crime prevention and vehicle assistance. You can also get your parking passes and metro bus cards in the Public Safety office.

Information: (206) 296-5911 (emergency); (206) 296-5990,

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides primary care to all enrolled students regardless of type of insurance or lack of insurance. The Health Center is staffed by Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioners and Medical Assistants. Consultation and treatment for various health care needs are provided with a modest co-pay per visit. A small fee is charged for services requiring laboratory testing and some prescription medications are available at a minimal cost. The Student Health Center also provides most immunizations to students at cost. All services are confidential and no information is released without student permission, unless required by law.

The Student Health Center provides the following specific services: wellness physicals, women’s annual exams, diagnosis and treatment of acute illness, management of chronic medical problems, treatment of injuries, treatment of skin problems, STD and pregnancy testing, medication management for depression, immunizations, allergy shots, eating disorder management, laboratory services and medical supplies.

Information: (206) 296-6300,

Residence Halls and Apartments

Seattle University requires full-time freshmen and sophomores under age 21 to live in university residence halls unless they are married, have children or reside with their parents or guardian over the age of 21. Cultural diversity and respect for differences is valued in each of our residence hall communities. Each community has its own personality and traditions. Bellarmine and Campion, our two traditional residence halls, provide a variety of learning communities. Xavier offers a global living-learning community for all undergraduates who share an interest in global education. Chardin is a suite-style residence hall. The Archbishop Murphy Apartments houses sophomores, juniors and seniors. In addition, a new apartment building, The Douglas, will open in fall 2011. The Douglas, a partnership with private developers, provides housing for juniors, seniors and nontraditional aged freshmen/sophomores (graduate students, staff and faculty are also allowed to live in this building, but priority is given to undergraduate students). All residence halls and apartments are staffed with a hall director, resident assistants and desk assistants. Additionally, a Jesuit-in-residence or residential minister lives on or in each floor or building.

Information: (206) 296-6305,

University Food Services

University Food Services, operated by Bon Appétit, meets the needs and tastes of our distinctive student body with a menu that pairs American classics with international favors. In addition to providing foods on the go-such as snacks, prepackaged sandwiches, pastries and beverages-Bon Appétit offers rustic, wood-fired pizza, pastas, salads, desserts and more. The menu also reflects a commitment to local, organic foods and fair trade. Bon Appétit offers several varieties of coffee that support fair trade farmers.

Information: (206) 296-6310,