General Studies

Create your own major and develop essential skills.

General Studies

General Education

This program helps students develop essential skills in written and verbal communication, analytical abilities and in critical thinking. In addition to gaining a base knowledge and appreciation for the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, students will also develop Christian thought and physical wellness. The program includes courses in communication, mathematics, humanities/fine arts, natural sciences, social sciences/history, bible/religion and health/physical education.

Academic Program Descriptions

Liberal Studies

For students who want to create their own major, Liberal Studies is an option that helps students expand their knowledge in more than one area. Students on this path pursue one primary and two secondary concentrations.

Academic Program Descriptions

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Staff & Faculty

Robby Prenkert, chair of the Department of Literature & Language Studies and The Committee on the Humanities, teaches composition, Gateway to English, and various literature and creative writing genre courses. He completed his M.A. in intercultural studies from Wheaton College (1994) and his doctorate in arts and letters from Drew University 2007. 

Prenkert was Bethel’s 2007 “Professor of the Year” and was co-chair of the Multi-Ethnic Resource Team (MERT) from 2010-2014. He is an associate editor of Reflections, the journal of the Missionary Church Historical Society, and he regularly presents conference papers on topics related to teaching writing and literature as a Christian practice.