Major in History (B.A.)
HIS290Introduction to History3
HIS499Senior Seminar4
Choose 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 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 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
Major28-31
Electives from history courses7-11
General Education51-52
Electives36-44
Total Credits122-138
1

This course meets a General Education requirement. 

2

Taken in Europe as a Bethel study abroad course.

Note:

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.

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B.A. in History 2016-2017: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES106 Introduction to Liberal Arts1Mathematics (M) course 3HIS290 Introduction to History3
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4 BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES110 College Writing3 GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
Nature of Persons (N) course 3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
Second Language (S) course1, 2 4 PEA100 Physical Wellness for Life1
 15 3 15
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 Elective 4
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 13-16 3 14
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 2016-2017: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES106 Introduction to Liberal Arts1GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4HIS290 Introduction to History3
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightment and American Culture to 18774
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
Nature of Persons (N) course 3 PEA100 Physical Wellness for Life1
Second Language (S) course1, 2 4 Mathematics (M) course 3
 15 4 15
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 6
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3  
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 13-16 3 13
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.)