Altogether, classes taught by our full- and part-time faculty had a collective enrollment of over 1,800 students in 2020-2021. That included all but six sections of Christianity and Western Culture and about half of those in the Humanities program, two-thirds of the year’s enrollment in Contemporary Western Life and Thought courses, and classes in the Honors program and four other general education categories.

In that sense, our students come from every major at Bethel, including STEM fields and professional programs.

But among our seven majors and four minors, there are about 150 students closely connected to the Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science.

A few fun facts about our students:

• They’re evenly split between women (50%) and men (50%).

• About 73% come from Minnesota, with Wisconsin, Illinois, the Dakotas, Iowa, Michigan, and Colorado the next most popular. Overall, our majors represent 16 states, spanning from Georgia to Washington, Massachusetts to Oklahoma.

• In keeping with the flexibility of the liberal arts, about three in five of our majors has a second major, and often outside our department. (Overall, about 25% of Bethel students double-major.)

Students who major in History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Digital Humanities also study Art, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biology, Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics and Finance, English Literature, Graphic Design, Journalism, Media Production, Music, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology, Reconciliation Studies, Social Work, Software Engineering, and Spanish.

To learn more about our students, read this August 2021 series on their favorite things, including music and movies, books, travel destinations, study spots, and Dining Center meals.

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