The Humanities Program 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.
Beginning with the Greeks and proceeding to the present day, Humanities introduces the major epochs of Western history through experiential learning.
It’s about experiencing the great works of Western civilization firsthand—not with textbooks. We read and discuss full works of literature, philosophy, and theology. We visit a museum with Greek sculpture while reading Plato. We learn about Shakespeare by seeing one of his plays at the renowned Guthrie Theater. We stage a jazz dance to get a feel for the atmosphere of America during the roaring 20s.
Sound good? Then the Humanities Program might be for you.
A Typical Week in Humanities
Humanities classes meet 3 times a week. In 2 of these sessions, a professor will lead you and a small group of 20 to 25 fellow students in discussion, debate, and analysis of the week’s reading.
The third session is done in a lecture format. This is an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight from Bethel professors in their areas of expertise.
Building a Community
By choosing the Humanities Program you’ll have the chance to develop a unique community by living in 1 of 2 freshman residence halls, Edgren or Getsch (depending on the date of your housing application). About half of the students in these 2 halls will be in the Humanities Program, and half in the CWILT option.
(Late Humanities applicants will be housed in a similar community in Nelson, subject to availability.)
Sign me up!
In your freshman registration materials, you should indicate your preference for the Humanities Program. This program is entirely self-selecting. There is no admissions process.
You must enter the program with Humanities I. You may not test out of one of the courses or enter the program later.
Contact Daniel Ritchie, Director of the Humanities Program:
Daniel Ritchie, Ph.D.
Director of the Humanities Program
Professor of English