|Major in Political Science (B.A.)|
|POS 211||The Political Quest||3|
|POS/HIS/PHI 491||Applied Humanities Seminar||4|
|Choose one of the following American politics and government courses:||3|
|American Politics and Government|
|American Constitutional History|
|Politics and Religion in the United States|
|Political Communication 1|
|American Political Institutions 2|
|American Public Policy 2|
|Choose one of the following international relations courses:||3|
|Introduction to International Relations|
|The Cold War|
|American Foreign Relations|
|Globalization and International Institutions|
|The Politics of Terrorism and Counterterrorism 3|
|Human Rights in International History|
|Choose one of the following comparative politics courses:||3-4|
|Introduction to Comparative Politics|
|Revolution and Political Development|
|Modern Middle East|
|Choose one of the following political philosophy courses:||3-4|
|Advanced Topics in Ethics|
|American Political Ideologies|
|Modern Political Thought|
|Classical Political Thought|
|Electives from political science courses||15|
POS 100 is a prerequisite for this course.
POS 202U is a prerequisite for this course.
Two philosophy courses is a prerequisite for this course.
Students may not declare a B.A. in Business and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science.
Students may not declare a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Political Science.
Students may not declare a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. International Relations.
Courses whose number is followed by a letter fulfill a General Education requirement.
The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's bachelors to master's degree 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's 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, developmental activities, and discipleship 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:
- 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.
- Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to vocational ministry and what that looks like in a changing world.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
- 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?
Ability to maintain a 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) throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.
Ability to provide a pastoral and ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.
Commitment to prioritizing activities, discipleship opportunities, and retreats offered to Ministry Scholars, designed to enable the individual to develop a strong sense of community.