This major provides a solid foundation in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, economics, geography, and a foreign language competency. The electives are designed to allow students to integrate other interests with their focus on international relations.

Major in International Relations (B.A.)
ECO201Principles of Economics4
ECO305International Trade and Finance3
GEO120Introduction to Geography3
POS202UIntroduction to International Relations 13
POS205Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POS211The Political Quest3
POS250Political Science Practicum 21
POS499Senior Seminar 14
Choose one of the following from Political Science/History courses:9
Revolution and Political Development 1
The Cold War 1
Human Rights in International History 1
African Politics
Modern Middle East
Political Parties and Elections
American Foreign Relations
The Politics of Globalization: Diplomacy, Trade and Organization 1
The Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Contemporary Democracies
Choose one of the following from Business and Economics courses:3
International Business 1
Economic Development of Less-Developed Countries 1
Choose from the following listed above (but not otherwise used) or below 315
Anthropology and Sociology
Peoples and Cultures of Latin America 1
Peoples and Cultures of Africa 1
Christianity in Cross-Cultural Perspective 1
SCS350
SCS351
Religion in Society 1
Biblical and Theological Studies
Religion and Art in Asia
Christian Social Ethics
Post-Reformation to Contemporary Theology in Trans-Atlantic Perspective 1
Christian Theology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America 1
General Studies
Christian Perspectives of Global Peacemaking 1
Christian Responses to Genocide 1
Christian Nonviolence 1
Issues and Praxis in Christian Social Justice 1
History
African Civilizations 1
History of China, Japan, and Korea 1
History of India and Its Neighbors 1
Latin American Civilizations 1
History of Islam
World War I
World War II
History and the Human Environment
Muslim Women in History
Modern Europe
World Languages and Cultures
One world language course at the intermediate level or above 1
Philosophy
The Modern Mind 1
History of Philosophy II
Asian Philosophy 1
Political Science
Political Psychology
Topics in Political Science
Psychology
Social Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology 1
Major51
General Education49-50
Electives22-23
Total Credits122-124
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

2

Students must receive departmental approval for academic study in an off-campus program that contributes to their educational goals. Departmental approval will also enroll a student in a 1 credit post-experience colloquium where they will present their off-campus work. 

3

At least 3 credits must be outside the departments of political science, business and economics, and history as well as classes cross-listed with those departments. At least 9 credits must be at the 300 level or above. 

Note:

Students are strongly encouraged to seek appropriate international study experiences, for which academic credit will be given wherever possible under Bethel policies. 

B.A. in International Relations 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GEO120 Introduction to Geography3GES160 Inquiry Seminar3POS202U Introduction to International Relations3
GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4 GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4 BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
Mathematics (M) course 3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
 14 3 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
ECO201 Principles of Economics4Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) Course 3ECO305 International Trade and Finance3
POS205 Introduction to Comparative Politics3 World Language1 3
THE201 Christian Theology3 Major Elective 3
POS211 The Political Quest3 Electives 4
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1  
 14 3 13
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
POS310 American Foreign Relations3Off Campus Experience (Z) 3Political Science area choice 3
Business/Economics area choice 3 Major Elective 3
Major elective 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Electives 3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
Political Science/History Choice 3 Off Campus Processessing 1
  Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
 15 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCredits SpringCredits
Political Science area choice 3 Major elective 3
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) Course 3 Senior Seminar 4
Major elective 3 Electives 6
Elective 6 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 15  13-16
Total Credits: 122-125
1

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

This program assumes a student will use POS202U to meet the general education World Cultures requirement. 

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 International Relations 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GEO120 Introduction to Geography3GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4POS202U Introduction to International Relations3
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Elective 3
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
Mathematics (M) course 3  
 16 4 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
ECO201 Principles of Economics4Elective 3ECO305 International Trade and Finance3
POS211 The Political Quest3 Major Elective 3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 World Language1 4
POS205 Introduction to Comparative Politics3 Elective 6
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1  
 15 3 16
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Business/Economics area choice 3Off Campus Experience (Z) Course 3Political Science/History Area Choice 3
Political Science/History Area Choice 3 Major elective 3
Major Elective 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
  Comparative Systems (G) course 3
  Off Campus Processing 1
  Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
 9 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Political Science/History Area Choice 3Interim Off POS250 Political Science Practicum1
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 POS499 Senior Seminar4
Major elective 3 Artistic Experience (A) Course 0-3
Elective 6 Major elective 3
  Electives 3
 15 0 11-14
Total Credits: 122-125
1

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

This program assumes a student will use POS202U to meet the general education World Cultures requirement. 

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

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