The College of Arts & Sciences at Bethel University offers a compelling and complete liberal arts education grounded in Christian values. We produce talented young scientists, artists, engineers, teachers, writers, and leaders who are strong in their faith and passionate about contributing to the kingdom.
With more than half of our students taking part in 30 off-campus study options, we send out graduates who lead and serve with a global perspective.
We want our students to graduate feeling prepared to make real contributions in their fields, so we place an emphasis on undergraduate scholarship and research. We offer a variety of hands-on research experiences and student/faculty collaborations, giving students the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary for success.
The college comprises dozens of academic departments representing the full breadth of the arts, sciences, business disciplines, and humanities.
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Our newest classroom space is designed to incorporate technology, media, and student collaboration into the learning experience.
Bethel's general education curriculum prepares Christians to thrive in a complex and fast-changing world. Through a program of basic requirements spread out over 4 years, we focus on competencies that allow graduates to adapt—such as technical, communication, relational, and cross-cultural skills. All students learn to reason, to quantify, to compute, to create, to collaborate, and most importantly, to integrate faith with all fields of knowledge.
Our faculty are distinguished scholars and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.
I had the opportunity to become very close friends with the professors of the Athletic Training Education Program and still look to them for mentoring and advice. Working so closely with them provided a unique experience that I forever cherish!–Megan Roschen
I learned many invaluable lessons at Bethel but what stands out was the accessibility of the faculty and their genuine desire to see students succeed. I was never a number in a classroom. Many of those professors remain mentors today.–Allie Ryan
The intimate size of the department creates a close knit community where students are led to grow and are challenged to become the best versions of themselves.–Wes Mouri
Literature changed who I was, allowed me to look at the world in a new way, to become a more curious person. Faith-learning integration at Bethel helped prepare me to link my faith with my work.–Amy Williams
Formative opportunities in research, clinical experience, career clarity, and preparedness to contribute to integration of psychology and Christianity movement, have all impacted my continuing education. Faculty taught me how to be a Christian scholar and fully engaged in my community.–Ryan Horvis
The athletic training at Bethel University provided me with a valuable education and experiences that allowed me to get a position at my top-rated graduate school.–Jackson Smidt
At Bethel, integrating faith and learning isn't just talk. The faculty are working musicians bringing a Christian perspective to their everyday work. My education prompted deep thought about music's role in Christian experience and clarified my calling to share music.–Nathan Cornelius
Students have opportunities to meet industry professionals through faculty, performances, master classes, or auditions. By graduation, I completed master classes with individuals from NYC, Minnesota Opera, and Orchestra Hall. My voice teacher referred me to my first professional music job.–Ruthanne Heyward
History majors are perhaps more prevalent in the corporate world than you think. The habits of research, writing and critical thinking built from a history degree are vital in any field. The ability to critically evaluate sources is particularly valuable.–Tim Goddard
Bethel's psychology program is designed to meet graduate study admission requirements. Writing lab reports and psychological evaluations and presenting at conferences helped set my skills far above my peers, even in my rigorous Master of Science program.–Holly Quimby
Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program was an incredibly rewarding experience and has prepared me so well for my graduate studies in Physical Therapy! The classroom knowledge and immense amount of hands-on experience was more than I could have asked for!–Megan Roschen
The theater professors care about their students, their students' faith, and their students' craft.–Wes Mouri
Theater Arts at Bethel teaches a wide range of skills and genres of theatre. From stage combat to Brecht, lighting design to tap dance, Greek tragedy to freelancing, I learned about it all.–Wes Mouri
The performing arts world is very dark, overall. Bethel prepared me to defend my faith and be an excellent performer. Graduate school thrust me into a cutthroat, competitive environment. But my identity didn't rest on my musical successes or failures.–Kathryn Voelker
My degree has not only enhanced my knowledge of the Bible, theology, and Church history, it taught me how to engage my faith in a world that is full of different ideas, beliefs, and faith practices.–Daniel Commerford
The professors at Bethel offer an individualized, supportive, and safe environment to explore what makes producing and performing theater so unique.–Wes Mouri
Bethel really prepared me...having a liberal arts education was beneficial because it made me well rounded.[Businesses] look for people with all sorts of different backgrounds and leadership experience. Bethel encourages people to get involved.–Nicole (Nettleton) Willenbring
I'm continually grateful for the education I received from the Athletic Training Program! I feel completely prepared for my job and know that I will always have close friends and mentors among the professors!–Megan Roschen
The honors program was rewarding and beneficial. Participating in the community stretched my understanding and experiences and produced close friendships. The program provided amazing opportunities to work closely with Bethel faculty and others on projects uniquely suited to my interests.–Tim Larson
Aside from giving me an extraordinary background in the Bible, Christian history, and theology, the BTS major allowed me to develop skills in close reading, research, and writing that continue to serve me well after graduation.–Sara Misgen
I am astonished and whole-heartedly humbled by the love, support, and friendships I made in the Athletic Training Education Program! I not only received an outstanding education by top professors, but I was able to become their friends, and now, colleagues!–Megan Roschen
After graduation I interned at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, which turned into a job.–Sarah Lee
My education in the Athletic Training Program truly prepared me for my future beyond college. The faculty and staff in the program are phenomenal, and I am so blessed to have had each and every one of them!–Michelle Rabedeaux
While abroad, God broke my heart for the injustices happening in the lives of women. The support and mentoring I received from the department taught me to speak and act strongly against injustice, offering healing hope to the hurting.–Emily Defenbaugh
My time in Bethel's Biblical and Theological Studies Department was intellectually stimulating and spiritually formative. It ignited me to pursue a career in Biblical Studies. On account of Bethel's incredible professors and in depth course offerings, I entered graduate school with a major advantage. I also learned by example how to be a Christian scholar and use my mind in service of the Church.–Tucker Ferda
Bethel gave me an exceptional foundation in nursing. Emphasis was placed on providing holistic, quality care. Upon graduation I was well prepared for bedside nursing as well as pursuing an advanced practice, doctoral degree.–Charitey (Rowden) Robar
Spain Term changed my life. God showed me a beautiful culture and people in need of Him. After graduation, I returned to complete a masters in Spanish and literature, and then taught at a private school in Madrid.–Lauren Borst
The faculty encouraged and challenged me to not settle for good enough. They fostered strong personal character alongside becoming a strong social worker. Their approach to persevere through challenges impacted my work ethic in all levels of social work.–Stephen Horn
The Bethel University Theatre Department provides unique insight into the relationship between faith and art. It strives to examine and explore tough subjects through the theatre.–Aaron Crosby
Before coming to Bethel I was already driven to pursue certain ultimate questions about human existence. For instance, questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the human person, the nature and objectivity of ethics, the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and so on. When I came to Bethel as a philosophy major I felt like I had found a home. I found a supportive and caring community of people, among both fellow students and the faculty, with whom I could engage in shared philosophical enquiry into questions that are of great significance for human life.–David McPherson, Ph.D.
The classes were informative and practical. I often find myself using concepts I learned in acting classes to help with presentations even outside of theatre.–Erin Lorentz
I think some of what I found most meaningful and helpful about being a philosophy major was the ability to think through large scale issues and problems, but also the ability to delve deeply into the details to get a deeper understanding of the issues. The ability to look at things from so many perspectives has been great in a career that requires me to consider so many different stakeholders.–Brianna Menning
Studying Political Science at Bethel greatly influenced my direction and experience now in ministry with the homeless and addicted populations in the Twin Cities. I have gained a more keen eye for the ways power can be used and abused!–David Morrow
The faculty taught me to think critically, interrogate social phenomenon, and apply my learning for improving communities. I was prepared professionally and academically from the immense academic, intellectual, and personal support from faculty, with whom I developed lasting friendships.–Ryan Steel
I was constantly performing through departmental events such as: weekly "Music Hour Recitals," orchestra and band concerts, solo and chamber recitals, semi-annual solo competitions, and yearly ensemble tours. I fell in love with the intensity of practicing and performing.–Lindsay Flowers
Being able to focus on the big picture, while still knowing how the small details relate to that big picture, is a huge advantage in business, and something that studies in history can train one to do.–Brandon Raatikka
Bethel has strongly prepared me to be an ambassador for Christ in my career as a nurse. The foundation of solid nursing skills and knowledge has prepared me well in caring for my patients and their families.–Daniel Luthi
Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program is a family! I still consider my classmates as brothers and sisters in life and in Christ. The professors are our friends and mentors, always there for support, laughs, prayer, fun, knowledge, and spiritual growth!–Megan Roschen
Art professors go above and beyond for students open to challenge as they pursue their art careers. Many Bethel alums are still active in the art world and have successful careers. We've developed a growing, active national alumni network.–Allison Peller
My professors at Bethel were not only influential during my time as a student, but they remain voices of inspiration, encouragement, and guidance fiver years later. Their friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my education at Bethel.–Maren Telsey
Bethel's Christ-centered values coupled with academic excellence must not be overlooked. My professors were personal with students while spiritually and intellectually challenging. My degree has wide applications and is uniquely equipping me in long-lasting ways for my M.Div. training.–Jessica Garske
The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.–Eva Rodelius
Bethel's nursing program provides many amazing opportunities! As an undergraduate, I had the privilege of working with Dr. Sandau on research in cardiac monitoring. I met several incredible leaders in nursing research, and had some of my interviews published.–Hannah Peller
I attribute so much of my success as an actor to my time at Bethel.–Wes Mouri
The Art Department at Bethel was an incredibly formative place for me. You'll find kind and genuinely caring experts who will propel you forward in your artistic, spiritual, and professional journey and provide a unique, personalized experience.–Elise Valley