Academic Catalog

Graduation Requirements and Policies


All students completing a first bachelor’s degree at Seattle Pacific University are governed by the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 180 college-level quarter credits. 
  • At least 60 credits earned in upper-division (UD) courses (those numbered 3000–4999), including at least 23 in the major.
  • At least 45 college-level credits earned in residence as a matriculated student, including at least 15 in the major and 10 in a minor. (Credits earned through Credit by Examination at SPU do not satisfy the residence requirement.) 
  • At least 25 of your final 45 credits for the degree must be earned through SPU, with the exception of approved study abroad credits. 
  • Satisfactory completion of your academic major.
    • Students completing the BA in Honors Liberal Arts major must satisfactorily complete a second major.
  • Completion of all general education common curriculum requirements and all general education exploratory curriculum requirements.
  • Demonstration of competency in a foreign language, either through coursework or one of the means outlined under Foreign Language Competency
  • Completion of the “W” requirement. This requirement is different than and separate from the Academic Inquiry and Writing requirement.
  • Completion of the Cultural Understanding and Engagement (CUE) requirement
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses applicable to the degree. 
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all college-level courses taken at SPU. 


All students completing a first bachelor’s degree at Seattle Pacific University are governed by the following policies:

  • With the exception of courses from pre-approved study abroad programs, no more than 30 credits may be earned from another institution after a student has matriculated at SPU. 
  • You must gain pre-approval for transfer credit from an academic counselor before enrolling at any other institution.
  • Transfer credit policies are found in the Admissions section of this catalog.
  • You may not take courses concurrently from SPU and another institution during the regular academic year (Autumn through Spring quarters) unless participating in an approved study abroad program. 
  • “Pass” grades do not fulfill requirements in the major or minor, in the General Education curriculum (except UCOL 1000 University Colloquium), or in the Honors curriculum. 
  • All degree requirements for a major or minor are determined by the Undergraduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted to the major or minor.
    • For example, if you are accepted to a major in Autumn Quarter 2024, you are subject to all major requirements listed in the 2024–2025 Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Most new students, both high school traditional and transfer, are admitted to a major along with admission to the University, since most SPU majors are open enrollment majors.
  • If not in an open enrollment major, or if seeking a second major, students are encouraged to apply as soon as they are eligible based on that major’s admission policies and procedures.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, some programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses or in all courses.
  • You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade. (Exceptions to this policy included UFDN, WRI, and UCOR courses, which may repeated until a sufficiently high grade is earned.)
  • You may not repeat a course in which you earned a grade of A, except in courses designated as repeatable for credit.
  • Major and minor applications are available online in Banner within the UG Degree Checklist, in most cases.
  • The quarter in which you complete your final degree requirements will be listed as your quarter of graduation.
  • The official record of your degree completion is the official SPU academic transcript.
  • Certain limitations on credit toward a degree apply.