The general studies program in the College of Adult & Professional Studies (CAPS) encompasses the courses that all students are required to take. General education courses are categorized into six goal areas corresponding to the goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. However, use of parallel categories is not intended to imply that courses would be accepted in transfer to another school to meet the same goal areas.
|Goal Area 1||Communication|
|Goal Area 2||Critical Thinking|
|Goal Area 3||Natural Sciences|
|Goal Area 4||Mathematical/Logical Reasoning|
|Goal Area 5||History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Goal Area 6||The Humanities and Fine Arts|
In each general education course, students work on one or more of the personal capacities, such as mathematics, writing, and speaking. For the Associate of Arts Degree, the general education and elective courses that students select constitute the total CAPS academic program and result in a minimum of 60 semester credits for graduation. For the Associate of Science Degree, the general education, major, and elective courses that students select constitute the total CAPS academic program and result in a minimum of 60 semester credits for graduation. For baccalaureate degrees, the general education, Bethel Distinctives, major, and elective courses that students select constitute the total CAPS academic program and result in a minimum of 122 semester credits for graduation. Credits earned at a higher level may be counted toward required credit minimums.
The CAPS general education requirement in academic research writing may be fulfilled by the completion of a course or sequence of courses typically comprising at least 3 credit hours of instruction in written English only if the course(s) display all of the following components:
- Academic focus: students compose, format, and edit text according to the idioms and expectations of the academic community.
- Research: students complete a library research project at the undergraduate level.
- Research writing: students compose a formal essay compiling accumulated research.
- Documentation: students document their information sources according to a standard academic format such as those maintained by the APA or MLA.
- Completion of sequence: the course completes a lower division sequence of writing courses required of all graduates.
Associate of Arts Degree
|General education and electives||60 semester credit hours|
|Required to Graduate||60 semester credit hours|
Associate of Science Degree
|General education and electives||30 semester credit hours|
|Major||30 semester credit hours|
|Required to graduate||60 semester credit hours|
|Bethel Distinctives, General education, and electives||71-89 semester credit hours|
|Major||33-51 semester credit hours|
|Required to graduate||122 semester credit hours|
Students may take more than the minimum of 60 or 122 credits required to graduate. Additional elective credits are created when a course satisfies more than one requirement. This does not reduce the total credits required for graduation.
Minors: Though not required, many students choose to complete a minor to pursue an area of interest or to complement their baccalaureate major. Students may choose to use their elective credits toward the minor or take additional credits. Students may not earn a minor in a program in which they are earning or have earned a major or certificate except where specifically noted in the Academic Programs and Disciplines section of this catalog.