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Global Engagement

Learning about the world around us is essential to the study of literature, writing, and journalism. By experiencing the stories, traditions, and diversity of the world firsthand we grow in our understanding of others and ourselves. This is why we place an emphasis on providing opportunities to study, live, and explore in off-campus programs:

England Term

Every two years, a group of students spends a semester traveling in Great Britain, Ireland, and France. Led by a faculty member from the Department of English and Journalism, England Term emphasizes serious academic study, building Christian community, and experiencing other cultures firsthand. Students alternate between extended stays at home bases and travel throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and France. Sites are chosen for their literary, historical, and cultural significance. The program offers opportunities for deeper cultural contact (e.g. homestays with British and/or Irish families) and approximately two weeks for independent travel in Europe.

Check out England Term on the International Studies website, or contact Susan Brooks at

Literature and Writing Around the Globe

In recent years the department has led January interim trips to Brazil, Japan, Egypt, and Israel to practice the art of travel writing and study other literary and cultural traditions.

The Textura Project

A photojournalistic January interim trip co-led by the Department of English and Journalism and the Department of Art and Design. This experience is an intimate exploration of a different culture, in which students write investigative pieces about local life and use those stories and the photos they collect to compile and design a magazine. The Textura magazine produced from the 2017 J-Term trip to Antigua, Guatemala won a Best of Show award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and two national design awards from the University & College Designers Association (UCDA).

Learn more about the trip or visit the student-created Textura website

NYC Semester

Journalism students can spend a fall or spring New York City Semester at The King’s College in downtown Manhattan. The program provides students with a full slate of classes that keep Bethel journalists on track to graduate while also promising a meaningful internship and networking possibilities throughout the city. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Glader, a friend of Bethel, runs the program, which has hosted five BU journalists since the partnership began in 2015.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC)

Students interested in film as an art form are encouraged to spend a semester experiencing the film industry through internships in Hollywood, California at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. There, they attend seminar classes on film industry operations and discuss the ethical challenges in the entertainment profession and film culture.

Student Media

The "Coeval" Undergraduate Literary and Art Magazine

The Coeval, meaning "of the same age," is Bethel's undergraduate literary and art magazine. Published each semester, the Coeval is edited by students and advised by the English and Journalism department. See the archive of Coeval issues in the Digital Library

The Clarion Newspaper

The Clarion is Bethel's student newspaper. It has received multiple national awards for writing and photography, and most recently for its website, including being named Best in Show by the Associated Collegiate Press. 


Textura is a J-Term trip that gives students a unique opportunity to practice their photojournalistic skills internationally and work together with graphic designers to turn their content into a magazine. The Textura Guatemala magazine from the 2017 trip to Guatemala received a national Best Feature Magazine award from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP).

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