Major in Communication Studies (B.A.)
Communication Core
COM210Perspectives on Human Communication3
COM213Media Communication3
COM363Methods of Communication Research4
Communication Core10
Select one emphasis from the Emphases tab35-39
General Education49-50
Total Credits122-131

Relational Studies Emphasis (35-38 credits)

COM370Interpersonal Communication4
COM400Family Communication4
COM481Internship in Communication3-4
COM497Capstone: Relational Studies4
COM220Group Communication4
or COM322 Advanced Group Communication
Choose three of the following Relational Topics courses:9-10
Gender Communication 1
Intercultural Communication 1
Topics in Relational Communication 2
Abusive Relationships and Christian Responsibility 1
Choose one of the following Oral Communications courses:4
Oral Interpretation 1
Argumentation and Debate
Advanced Public Speaking
Speaking in Ministry Contexts
Choose one of the following Communication Analysis courses:3-4
Political Communication
Rhetorical Criticism
Media Criticism and Theory
Topics in Communication Analysis
Total Credits35-38

This course meets a General Education requirement.


Course may be repeated for credit when topics offered are different.

Rhetoric and Public Influence Emphasis (38-39 credits)

COM230LIntroduction to Rhetoric and Public Influence 13
COM318Argumentation and Debate4
COM361Rhetorical Criticism4
COM463Topics in Communication Analysis 23
COM498Capstone: Rhetoric and Public Influence4
Choose two of the following Communication Analysis courses:6-7
Political Communication
Media Criticism and Theory
Topics in Communication Analysis 2
Choose one of the following Oral Communication Courses: 4
Oral Interpretation 1
or COM386
Advanced Public Speaking
Advanced Public Speaking
Speaking in Ministry Contexts
Choose one of the following Relational Communication courses:4
Group Communication
Advanced Group Communication
Intercultural Communication 1
Interpersonal Communication
Choose two elective courses from history or political science courses (3 credits at 300-level or above)6
Total Credits38-39

This course meets a General Education requirement.


Course may be repeated for credit when topics offered are different.


The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University