Bethel's General Education curriculum is designed to meet 3 goals:
To meet these goals and achieve integration, our General Education curriculum is organized into 4 areas:
We represent the curriculum with the image of a building/structure supported by 4 pillars (pdf) because it captures some of the important qualities of our program.
Our curriculum includes courses students take during their first few semesters at Bethel, such as Introduction to the Liberal Arts, that provide skills and content on which upper-level courses build. Just as a sound structure is built on a solid foundation, includes suitable materials, and has structural integrity, it's important to us that we prepare students to succeed at Bethel by starting them off with a strong academic foundation.
Each General Education pillar is made up of a variety of components, including courses that all students take and categories from which students choose courses. These courses have been carefully chosen so that students learn multiple perspectives and appreciate the complexity of the world in which they live.
Our curriculum includes courses from many disciplines so that students are challenged to explore questions from multiple perspectives. For example, we want them to understand how their view of humanity is shaped by exploring their own Personal Development, examining God's view of humanity in Biblical Foundations, and studying different cultures through Global Perspectives, which includes courses on Western civilization as well as a a course about other cultures and a cross-cultural experience requirement.
In architecture, a capstone forms the top of a building or structure. Bethel's General Education curriculum, which continues throughout all the years students are at Bethel, is capped by a senior-level course. In this capstone course, students examine some of the complex issues present in our contemporary society, integrating all they've learned to formulate their own personal ethic as they prepare to graduate.