Major in Political Science (B.A.)
POS211The Political Quest3
POS499Senior Seminar4
Choose one of the following American politics and government courses:3
American Politics and Government
American Constitutional History 1
Public Leadership 1
Politics and Religion in the United States 1
Public Administration
Political Psychology
Human Rights in International History 1
Political Communication
Science, Values, and the Making of Environmental Policy 1
American Political Institutions
American Public Policy
Choose one of the following international relations courses:3
Introduction to International Relations 1
The Cold War 1
American Foreign Relations
The Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism
The Politics of Globalization: Diplomacy, Trade and Organization 1
Choose one of the following comparative politics courses:3
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Revolution and Political Development 1
Political Parties and Elections
Contemporary Democracies
African Politics
Modern Middle East
Choose one of the following political philosophy courses:3-4
American Political Ideologies 1
Modern Political Thought
Classics in Western Political Philosophy
Electives from political science courses15
Major34-35
General Education49-50
Electives39-41
Total Credits122-126
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

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B.A. in Political Science 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
POS100 (or Elective) American Politics and Government3GES160 Inquiry Seminar3GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4 BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Mathematics (M) course 3 Second Language (S) course1 4
  Elective 3
 13 3 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Political Science area choice 3Elective 3POS211 The Political Quest3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Political Science area choice or elective 3
Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3 THE201 Christian Theology3
Political Science elective 3 Electives 6
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 13 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Political Science area choice 3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3Political Science area choice 4
Political Science elective 3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Elective 4 Electives 6
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 13-16 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
POS499 Senior Seminar4Interim Off Political Science electives 6
Political Science elective 3 Electives 9
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3  
Electives 3  
 13 0 15
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.)

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 Political Science 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
POS100 (or Elective) American Politics and Government3GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 Second Language (S) course1 4
Mathematics (M) course 3 Elective 3
  GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3
 13 4 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Political Science area choice 3Elective 3POS211 The Political Quest3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Political Science area choice or elective 3
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 World Cultures (U) course 3
Political Science elective 3 Elective 3
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 14 3 12-15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Political Science area choice 3Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3Political Science area choice 4
Political Science elective 3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
Electives 7 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3 Electives 6
 13-16 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
POS499 Senior Seminar4Interim Off Political Science electives 6
Political Science elective 3 Electives 9
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3  
Electives 4  
 14 0 15
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.)

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.

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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.

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