Building on Alexander Campbell's belief that religious literacy and instruction in the modern languages were important parts of a liberal education that helped students become responsible, useful members of society, Bethany College is committed to providing an education that also prepares students to be citizens of the world and to participate in an increasingly globalized community. As such each student must complete the Global Awareness Core. The Global Awareness Core is comprised of the following components:
Religious literacy is essential to the liberally-educated citizen of the world. Bethany students are required to complete successfully RELS 100 (Introduction to Religion: Texts, Contexts, Practices). The course is offered by faculty members of the Department of Humanities and is preferably taken during the first year. RELS 100 takes an academic approach to the study of religion: students are introduced to critical methods and definitions in religious studies and then proceed to apply one or more of those methods to a comparative study of three different world religions. The lens through which the religions are compared varies with the interest and expertise of the professor teaching the course. Students might consider, for example, religious definitions of the human condition in relation to philosophical, political, or moral definitions; the meaning and function of religious rituals; or the way religions develop, reinforce, or challenge gender roles in society.
All students must demonstrate world languages and cultures proficiency at the elementary level. Students may demonstrate proficiency in any one of the following ways:
Students with documented disabilities are offered accomodations and modifications on a case by case basis in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
To become familiar with the contemporary world by exploring the interrelationships of several countries or by comparing two or more countries outside of the United States.
Each student is required to complete successfully a three or four credit course from the list below. The list of courses approved for satisfying the requirement in each area changes every year. Only courses taken in the year they appear on the approved list can count toward fulfillment of the requirement.
Business 308 International Business, 371 International Finance; English 268 Modern World Literature; Economics 113 Comparative Economic Systems; French 221 Conversation and Composition: Francophone World; General Science 202 Physical and Cultural Geography; German 221 Coversation and Composition: World Energy Resources, 203 International Terrorism; Political Science 243 International Politics, 253 Nature and International Society, 351 Comparative Politics: Western, 352 Comparative Politics: Non-Western, 364 International Relations Theory; Spanish 221 Conversation and Composition: Latin America, 321 Civilization of Latin America.