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Humanities for Teaching

Matteo Ricci College

Two Pathways

Choose between the Humanities for Teaching BA or the Humanities for Teaching with an Elementary Education Specialization BA.

Each program offers unique expereinces for a student who aspires to be involved with education. Both programs are cohort based, meaning you travel through your major classes with a group of students on the same track as you. Humanities for Teaching sets students up to succeed in the classroom and explore their interests. The Elementary Education Specialization is a more predetermined track wherein students take courses in partnership with the College of Education and are positioned to apply for a Washington State Teaching Certificate. Both programs prepare students to succeed in a Master in Teaching program upon their undergraduate graduation.

Chistine Rominski tutoring at Washington Middle School. 

A “Pre-education” Degree

Like pre-law or pre-med, the Bachelor of Arts in Humanities for Teaching is a pre-education degree. Because we do not pack a teaching certificate into the program, students have time to hone their reading and writing skills, focus their studies in an endorsement area, and reflect on what it means to be a teacher.  

Students with a degree in Humanities for Teaching are excellent candidates for Master in Teaching programs, which enable them to earn an average of $7,000 per year more than their counterparts with only a Bachelor degree. View our Learning Outcomes.

Forming Future Teachers

Students in the Humanities for Teaching degree take foundational humanities classes and specialized teaching classes, as well as classes in the discipline they want to teach. Three required internships give students real teaching experience. 


Because the Humanities for Teaching degree is a cohort program, students typically join the program as incoming freshmen and move through the degree with their peers, building relationships and learning from one another. Learn more about Humanities for Teaching admissions.

Post-grad Opportunities

Students with a degree in Humanities for Teaching are ideal candidates for any Master in Teaching program. They have critical thinking skills, a mature understanding of education, and teaching experience that makes them stand out among their peers. Graduates who choose not to pursue teaching are also well-prepared for other careers, ranging from nonprofit work to business administration. 

Contact Us

Matteo Ricci College
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206.296.5405
Fax: 206.296.5997

Paulette Kidder
Interim Dean
(206) 296-5407

Daniel Washburn
Associate Dean
(206) 296-4475