Major in History (B.A.)
HIS290Introduction to History3
HIS499Senior Seminar4
Choose two from American History courses (at least one at the 300 level):7-8
American Civilization 1
Christianity in America 1
Minorities in America 1
American Constitutional History 1
History of the American West
History of Women in America 1
American Beginnings
A New Nation
History of Sexuality in the United States
The American Civil War
Modern America
Topics in American History
Choose two from Global History courses (at least one at the 300 level):7-8
History of China, Japan, and Korea 1
History of India and Its Neighbors 1
Latin American Civilizations 1
History of Islam 1
Hispanic Christianity 1
Revolution and Political Development 1
Human Rights in International History 1
Muslim Women in History 1
African Politics
Modern Middle East
Topics in Global History
Choose two from European History courses (at least one at the 300 level)7-8
World War I 1, 2
Near Eastern and Greek Civilizations
Roman Civilization
Medieval Europe
The Reformations 1
Modern Europe
Topics in European History
Electives from history courses7-11
Major35-42
General Education49-50
Electives38-46
Total Credits122-138
1

This course meets a General Education requirement. 

2

Taken in Europe as a Bethel study abroad course.

Students majoring in history may choose a focus (at least 12 credits) in American, ­European, or global history.

All students planning to pursue graduate study in history should choose a focus. In addition, these students should complete one of the following independent study experiences: one semester or interim spent studying off-campus, HIS400, or HIS481. Students planning to pursue graduate-level study in history should also complete study of at least one modern or ancient language through the Intermediate II level and are encouraged to complete a minor in this language.

B.A. in History 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4Mathematics (M) course 3HIS290 Introduction to History3
Second Language (S) course1, 2 4 BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES160 Inquiry Seminar3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
 14 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
History area choice 4Elective 3History area choice 3
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 4 THE201 Christian Theology3
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 World Cultures (U) course 3
Electives 6 Elective 4
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 15 3 13-16
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
History area choice 3Elective 3History area choice 4
History area choice 4 History area choice 3
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3 Electives 6
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 13-16 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
History elective 3Interim Off HIS499 Senior Seminar4
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 History elective 4
Electives 8 Electives 6
 14 0 14
Total Credits: 122-128
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

The history department strongly encourages students considering graduate school to minor in at least one world language. 

If a student chooses to use major requirements to count also as General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will be increased accordingly. 

Students may choose a focus (at least 12 credits) in American, European (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern) or global history (see catalog for choices).  

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 History 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4HIS290 Introduction to History3
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
Second Language (S) course1, 2 4 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Mathematics (M) course 3
 14 4 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
History area choice 4History area choice 3History area choice 3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 World Cultures (U) course 3
Electives 7 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
  Electives 6
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 15 3 13-16
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
History area choice 3Elective 3History area choice 4
History area choice 4 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Electives 8
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3  
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 13-16 3 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
History elective 3Interim Off HIS499 Senior Seminar4
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 History elective 4
Electives 8 Electives 6
 14 0 14
Total Credits: 122-128
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

The history department strongly encourages students considering graduate school to minor in at least one world language. 

If a student chooses to use major requirements to count also as General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will be increased accordingly. 

Students may choose a focus (at least 12 credits) in American, European (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern) or global history (see catalog for choices).  

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.