Altogether, courses taught by our full- and part-time faculty had a collective enrollment of over 1,500 students in 2021-2022. That included the majority of sections in Christianity and Western Culture and the Humanities program, plus classes in six general education categories and the Pietas Honors program.

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

Bethel’s Model United Nations team last November in Chicago

But among our seven majors and four minors, there are about 180 students connected to the Department of History, Philosophy, and Political Science.

A few fun facts about those students:

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

• About 80% come from Minnesota (over half from the Twin Cities metro area), with Wisconsin, Illinois, Colorado, Missouri, and South Dakota the next most popular. Overall, our majors represent 17 states, reaching from Arizona to South Carolina, Montana to Oklahoma.

• In keeping with the flexibility of the liberal arts, almost 40% of our majors have a second major, and often outside our department.

Students who major in History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Digital Humanities also study Accounting, Art Therapy, Biblical & Theological Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Computer Science, Communication Studies, Economics, Education, Graphic Design, Journalism, Media Production, Missional Ministry, Music, Neuroscience, Psychology, Reconciliation Studies, Social Work, Software Engineering, Spanish, and TESOL.

This chord diagram shows all students with at least one major or minor in our programs and what else they’re majoring/minoring in at Bethel (BTS = Biblical & Theological Studies; BIO = Biology; CHE = Chemistry; COM = Communication Studies; DH = Digital Humanities; GS = Gender Studies; MUS = Music & Theatre; PHY = Physics & Engineering; SPA = 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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