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.

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 those 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 have 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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