The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Humanities degree offers an opportunity for an accelerated course of study, one that constitutes both a core and a major. The coursework invites students to learn from local, national, and global voices. It explores major themes of meaning, justice, and identity. It also cultivates ethical awareness, artistic and creative sensibility, and effective communication skills.
Structure and Special Admissions Requirements
Eligibility for the Humanities program includes students who meet any one of the following requirements:
- Earn AP, IB, College in the High School, or Running Start credit in English Composition, math, lab science and/or fine arts.
- Are from O’Dea, Archbishop Murphy, Kennedy Catholic, Forest Ridge, and Eastside Catholic and have taken Matteo Ricci College equivalent classes.
- Complete a Matteo Ricci College course at Seattle Prep or Verbum Dei through Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy (JVLA).
First time in College Applicants to the MRC Humanities program who do not currently attend a consortium school must show assessment in one of four academic areas: English, mathematics, fine arts, or laboratory science.
The following options note the methods through which these assessments may be met:
- College credits earned in one of the four academic areas through dual enrollment programs such as Running Start. See Seattle University’s transfer credit policy for more information.
- College credits earned in one of the four academic areas through College Board Advanced Placement exams. See Seattle University’s Advanced Placement credit policy for exams and scores accepted at Seattle University.
- College credits earned in one of the four academic areas through the International Baccalaureate exam. See Seattle University’s IB Diploma policy for college credit eligibility.
Applicants should submit their college transcripts or exam scores to Seattle University with their application materials. Prospective students should indicate coursework or exams that are in progress under the “Additional Information” section of the Common Application.
All students are expected to make normal progress toward completing the required courses in sequence. They must maintain a cumulative academic grade point average of 2.00* or higher. Students failing to meet these expectations will be placed on probation for up to two consecutive quarters, and thereafter are subject to dismissal from the College.
Peer advisors, overseen by the Director of Advising serve as the principal advisors to all BA with a major in humanities students on academic matters. No student in the College may register for any Seattle University course without first consulting and receiving written permission from a peer advisor or the Director of Advising. Students are required to seek additional advising from faculty with disciplinary expertise in the area of specialized studies selected (see Area of Concentration below). Students who are contemplating studying for two degrees in four years are required to declare the second degree and be assigned an additional advisor from within that school as soon as possible.