Bethel Adds New Programs For Fall 2009

Bethel College will add several new areas of study to launch in the fall of 2009. According to Dr. Dennis Crocker, vice president of academic services, all of the new programs are consistent with the Bethel College mission and strategic plan.

“My hope is that these programs will enhance the college’s ability to attract prospective students,” says Crocker.

The new programs include majors in humanities, art education and early childhood education, and minors in TESOL (teaching English as a second or other language) and public relations.

In addition to the new programs, there have also been significant revisions in existing programs, specifically in the departments of sign language interpreting and communications. The sign language interpreting department has revamped its sign language interpreting major to remove unnecessary classes and add new classes based on the current trend of the industry. These decisions were based on graduate feedback, faculty observations and developments in the field.

The department of communications not only added a minor in public relations but also addedconcentrations in public relations and journalism to go along with the communications major.

“We are dedicated to educating and equipping students to become skilled practitioners who represent the honesty and values that employers are seeking and our society needs,” said Dr. Elizabeth McLaughlin, assistant professor of communication, commenting on the journalism and public relations minors and concentration additions to the communication department.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart campus and satellite locations in Nappanee, Ind., and Dowagiac, Mich. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.