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The Pietas program includes classroom work and further research with faculty, engaging in rich intellectual community with your Pietas peers, and developing leadership skills and experience. 

Academic Coursework

You will take a total of four Honors-specific courses, which will fulfill traditional general education requirements over the course of your time at Bethel. As a member of the Pietas Honors Program, you will receive all of the textbooks for these four Honors courses for free. You will also choose one additional course (one at the 200-level or above) to add an "H-tag." In your H-tag course, you will contract with the course professor to further explore course material or projects. The specific timeline and sequence is flexible with the rest of your academic plan.

First Year

  • Introduction to Honors meets the Inquiry Seminar requirement.

Second and/or Third Year

  • Pietas Seminar II meets the Comparative Systems (G) requirement.
  • Pietas Seminar III meets the Science, Technology, and Society (K) requirement.
  • One H-tag course (Fall or Spring) Any 200-level or higher course, contracted with the professor to further explore course material or projects.

Last Year

  • Senior Honors Capstone (fall and/or spring) meets the Contemporary Christian Issues (P) requirement. The nature and scope of the project (scientific experiment, an original artistic work, a senior research thesis, or a similar project) will be established within the student's department of major, with the final product evaluated by a reader or juror outside the department.

During your first year in Pietas, you must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.3, rising to 3.4 by the end of your second year. Students who complete the Bethel University Honors Program will have the "Honors Program Graduate" designation added to their transcripts along with any additional general academic honors they earn. Such recognition can enhance graduate school options and employment prospects.

Pietas Colloquia Series

Pietas Program students are required to regularly engage with other members of the Honors community by participating in monthly events—at least 2 per semester. These events will take a variey of formats and engage students and faculty in an informal setting. Students will also be invited to plan and lead additional events throughout the year. 

Community Stewardship

After the first year, students will engage in a significant leadership or service position within Bethel University. This could include a role as a resident assistant, campus discipleship leader, leader of a Twin Cities Outreach group, officer of a recognized campus club or organization within the Bethel Student Government umbrella, tutor for the Academic Enrichment Support Center, or many others.


If you have further questions, please contact Amy Poppinga or Sam Mulberry, co-directors of the Pietas Program, at You may also contact the Office of Admissions at, or 651.638.6242 or 800.255.8706, ext. 6242.