General Education

To succeed in the 21st century, you’ll need to develop core intellectual and social skills—such as critical thinking, teamwork, problem solving, and communication—that serve as the hallmarks of a well-rounded college graduate.

The goal and purpose of Bethel’s General Education program is to help you develop those skills, preparing you to live successfully and serve Christ effectively in the complex and diverse world that awaits you after graduation.

General Education courses are interwoven throughout a student’s time at Bethel, and are designed to integrate the major themes of our curriculum:

  • Emphasizing the interdependence of knowledge
  • Seeking wholeness
  • Understanding diversity and commonality
  • Interacting with other cultures
  • Exploring the past, looking to the future

First-Year Options

First-year students at Bethel choose between 2 options to start their general education:

  • CWILT takes a modular approach to general education, consisting of 5 courses each covering different areas of study.
  • Humanities is an integrated sequence of 4 courses designed to provide students with a liberal arts foundation by exploring how western civilization has tried to answer life’s deepest questions concerning God, the self, and society.

Take a look at both programs to help you decide which is the best fit for you!

The General Education Curriculum

The General Education curriculum is organized into 4 areas:

Additionally, all students take a capstone course that draws from all 4 areas and participate in a cross-cultural experience. General Education requirements include both specific courses that all students take and categories from which students choose courses.