Department of Visual Art Receives Accreditation to Expand

Bethel’s department of visual art recently received approval from Bethel’s Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee (APCC) and the Indiana Department of Education to expand its program by adding the Art Education major.

Christopher Stackowicz is the department’s chair. He says, “It offers us a chance to become even more deeply ingrained into the arts community and bring a viable presence in the high school art scene.”

This new major will offer an increased range of specialized areas of expertise to make students more prepared than a general arts degree. Students will:

Be versed as artists through their course work and degree program Display a senior thesis art show Complete the full education requirements Be prepared to pass all certification requirements for art and education in Indiana Network in various schools in St. Joseph & Elkhart counties during student teaching Be prepared to start teaching immediately following graduation

Stackowicz says there are three things this program accomplishes. “It will enable parents to have a sense of security in their kids love for the arts, because this provides them with occupational opportunities upon graduation. It also enables students who love the arts to pursue it and have a direct path to how they will use their passion after college. Most importantly, it connects deeply with the mission of the college and assists our students in service-oriented work in the visual arts.”

For more information, contact the admission office at 574.807.7600 or visit

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 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 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. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.