Major in Philosophy (B.A.)
PHI110Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHI125MIntroduction to Logic3
Choose one from the following Contemporary or Global Philosophy courses:3
The Modern Mind
Philosophies of Race and Gender in America
Introduction to Gender Studies
Philosophies of Love and Sex
Medieval Islamic Philosophy
Film and the Modern Sensibility
PHI251History of Philosophy I3
PHI252History of Philosophy II3
PHI320Ethics: Theory and Practice4
PHI390Epistemology and Metaphysics4
PHI499Senior Seminar4
Electives from philosophy courses, of which at least 3 credits must be from 300 level or above6
Major 33
General Education49-50
Electives40-41
Total Credits122-124

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

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES106 Elective 3BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4 GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES110  PEA100
Nature of Persons (N) course 3 Mathematics (M) course 3
Second Language (S) course1 4 Elective 3
 11 3 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHI251 History of Philosophy I3Elective 3PHI252 History of Philosophy II3
THE201 Christian Theology3 Philosophy elective 3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
  Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3
 13 3 12-15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Philosophy elective 3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3PHI320 Ethics: Theory and Practice4
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 Philosophy elective 4
World Cultures (U) course 3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 Elective 3
Elective 4  
Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3  
 14-17 3 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHI499 Senior Seminar4Interim Off PHI401
Electives 11 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
  Electives 7
 15 0 10
Total Credits: 111-117
1

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

Note: The Philosophy Department encourages semester abroad programs (e.g. Oxford). See your adviser or the department chair for details.

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

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 Philosophy 2016-2017: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES106 GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 PEA100
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 Mathematics (M) course 3
Nature of Persons (N) course 3 Electives 6
Second Language (S) course1 4  
 14 4 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHI251 History of Philosophy I3Elective 3PHI252 History of Philosophy II3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Philosophy elective 3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Electives 6
Elective 3 Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3
 14 3 12-15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Philosophy elective 3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3PHI320 Ethics: Theory and Practice4
Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3 Philosophy elective 4
World Cultures (U) course 3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1 Elective 3
Elective 4  
Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3  
 14-17 3 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
PHI499 Senior Seminar4Interim Off PHI401
Electives 9 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
  Electives 7
 13 0 10
Total Credits: 114-120
1

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

Note: The Philosophy Department encourages semester abroad programs (e.g. Oxford). See your adviser or the department chair for details.

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

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.
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  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.
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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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