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Courses All Students Take

PEA100 Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness addresses a variety of physical aspects of the human person and how they relate to one's overall well-being and lifelong personal stewardship.

BIB101 Introduction to the Bible

Introduction to the Bible traces the journey of God's people from Abraham and Sarah through the New Testament church, highlighting the unifying self-disclosure of God in the various cultures and types of writing of the Old and New Testaments. A holistic approach is used to introduce students to both historical and thematic content as well as broad, but basic exegetical principles.

GES106 Introduction to the Liberal Arts (ILA)

ILA introduces students to a liberal arts education at Bethel as a foundation for scholarship, leadership, and service in a changing world. ILA also orients students to campus resources related to academics and encourages the development of personal, academic, and relationship skills needed to be a successful college student.

In ILA, you'll go through the experience with a small group of other first-year students. You'll also be paired with a student and a professor who serve as mentors to first-year students. ILA is a discussion course, not a lecture course. It's about building relationships as you build knowledge about yourself and discover your purpose at Bethel.

In ILA, we will explore 2 major themes or questions:

  • What are your worthy dreams?
  • What are the big questions you will explore to accomplish those worthy dreams?

The course is a mixture of gaining practical skills you need to succeed academically and exploring larger, more abstract ideas. Some of the course topics include:

  • Orientation to technology
  • Time management
  • Orientation to the Bethel Library
  • Learning preferences
  • Critical reading skills
  • Developing your talents into strengths
  • Career services
  • Academic planning, advising, and course registration

And some of the big questions we ask are:

  • What's the difference between character and personality?
  • Are you a philosopher learner or a junkie learner?
  • What are the priority values that motivate you? What are Bethel's priority values?
  • What are some of your short-term and long-term goals and how might you apply your talents to make them happen?
  • Why is it important to learn from differences and why is this a priority value for us at Bethel?
  • What does it mean to be a member of a Christian learning community?
  • What can you learn from your faith journey, and your classmates?
  • What does it mean to integrate faith with learning?

Registering for ILA

When you register for your ILA course, you have some choices about the emphasis on which you will focus. For example, you can choose to learn with students in your major or students who haven't declared a major or students for whom being at Bethel is a cultural transition, or with students who want to develop their leadership skills. There are also sections of the course with a general emphasis. As you make your selection, carefully browse over the options and the times they're offered, and sign up for the course that fits you in your freshman registration materials.

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