General Education Studies
Bethel’s total academic program includes courses in a major field, General Education (Gen Ed) requirements, and electives. Major programs provide the opportunity for students to develop depth of knowledge and skills. The General Education curriculum ensures that students have the breadth of knowledge and skills needed for the complex and diverse world of the 21st century. Through electives, students can explore many different areas of interest.
Bethel’s General Education curriculum is organized into four areas that are represented in an image of four pillars: Personal Development, Biblical Foundations, Math, Science, and Technology, and Global Perspectives. The curriculum is made up of courses all students take as well as categories of courses, which allow students to choose courses that interest them.
Graduation requirements: A minimum of 122 semester credit hours are required to graduate. These credits hours are distributed in the following way:
Major 30-60 credit hours
General Education 51-52 credit hours
Electives 11-41 credit hours
Occasionally there are variations to this pattern. Approved majors larger than 60 credits reduce the number of elective credits available. Students may take more than the minimum of 122 credits to graduate. Students may also choose to complete a minor, though this is not required.