Major in Independent Filmmaking (B.A.)
COM210Perspectives on Human Communication3
COM213Media Communication3
COM363Methods of Communication Research4
Choose one of the following Relational Communication courses:4
Group Communication
Advanced Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Filmmaking Core 2
COM170AMedia Production I 14
COM264Storytelling3
COM270Media Production II4
COM302Media Law3
COM217AScreenwriting4
COM373Digital Filmmaking4
FLM200Introduction to Film3
FLM305Films of Great Directors3
COM375Media Criticism and Theory3-4
or FLM300 Film Theory and Interpretation
COM481Internship in Communication3-4
COM493Capstone: Independent Filmmaking and Media Production4
Major52-54
General Education49-50
Electives21-24
Total Credits122-128
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

2

Los Angeles Film Studies Center [LAFSC] option equivalencies:

(Prerequisite: COM270)

Hollywood Production Workshop (COM373)
Faith & Artistic Development in Film (elective)
Professional Screenwriting (COM217A) or Storytelling (COM264
Internship: Inside Hollywood (6 credits) (COM481 [3 credits]; Production Elective [3 credits].

One course from:

Professional Acting for the Camera (elective)
Independent Study (elective)

B.A. in Independent Filmmaking 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COM213 Media Communication3Interim Off BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4 COM170A Media Production I4
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES160 Inquiry Seminar3 Second Language (S) course1 4
 13 0 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COM210 Perspectives on Human Communication3COM264 Storytelling3COM302 Media Law3
COM270 Media Production II4 FLM200 Introduction to Film3
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3 THE201 Christian Theology3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Mathematics (M) course 3
 14 3 12
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COM363 Methods of Communication Research4COM217A Screenwriting4COM373 Digital Filmmaking4
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 2 3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Elective 6 Elective 4
 16 4 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Relational Communication Choice 4FLM305 Films of Great Directors3FLM300 or COM 375 Film Theory and Interpretation or Media Criticism and Theory3-4
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 COM493 Capstone: Independent Filmmaking and Media Production4
Leisure and Lifetime Sport (Q) course 1 Electives 7
Elective 6  
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 14-17 3 14-15
Total Credits: 122-126
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

2

 COM310K recommended

This program assumes a student will use COM310K to meet the general education Science, Technology, and Society requirements.

Due to the writing requirements in each of these classes, it is strongly suggested not to take a Methods, Communication Analysis, J, or a P course in the same semester. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Independent Filmmaking 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COM213 Media Communication3GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 COM170A Media Production I4
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
Electives 3 Second Language (S) course1 4
 13 4 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COM210 Perspectives on Human Communication3COM264 Storytelling3COM302 Media Law3
COM270 Media Production II4 FLM200 Introduction to Film3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Mathematics (M) course 3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Elective 3
 15 3 12
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
COM363 Methods of Communication Research4COM217A Screenwriting4COM373 Digital Filmmaking4
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 2 3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Elective 3 Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3
  Elective 3
 13 4 13-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Relational Communication Choice 4FLM305 Films of Great Directors3FLM300 or COM 375 Film Theory and Interpretation or Media Criticism and Theory3-4
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 COM493 (Analysis course) Capstone: Independent Filmmaking and Media Production4
Leisure and Lifetime Sport (Q) course 1 Electives 6
Elective 3  
COM481 Internship in Communication3-4  
 14-15 3 13-14
Total Credits: 122-127
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

2

 COM310K recommended

This program assumes a student will use COM310K to meet the general education Science, Technology, and Society requirements.

Due to the writing requirements in each of these classes, it is strongly suggested not to take a Methods, Communication Analysis, J, or a P course in the same semester. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

Overview

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