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Mission Statement

The Honors Program at Bethel University endeavors to challenge academically gifted students to develop their capacities for analysis, composition, research, and critical thinking in order to increase their preparation for the duties incumbent upon education and achievement. The course of study embraced by the Honors Program both deepens the appreciation of all things human and promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of the contemporary world. As such, the Honors Program is a perfect complement to the Bethel University mission of helping students reach their full potential.

About the Honors Program

Bethel University’s Honors Program offers motivated students the opportunity to get the most out of their liberal arts education by helping them to further their skills in critical thinking, independent research, and writing. Students in the Honors Program will supplement their traditional Bethel courses with specially designed discussion focused courses crafted to challenge engaged students in a small classroom setting. The Honors Colloquia (the four course sequence that begins the Honors Program) are a combination of Literature, History, and Fine Arts which expose students to classic texts, a variety of modes of artistic expression, and the most recent scholarly trends in these fields. After completion of these courses students are free to seek out professors in their majors to design their own research agendas for individual study and an honors project that represents their capstone work in the program.

Benefits of Enrollment in the Honors Program

  • Students in the Honors Program take a four course sequence over their first two years which stands in for English 101, English 111, English 201, English 202, and the two course history Liberal Arts Core requirements. Therefore, Honors students spend less time taking core classes and are fast tracked into their major more quickly.

  • The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to work closely with professors in their fields to produce academic work that appeals to them and helps them in future endeavors. Most Honors projects are directly related to student’s career goals. Past Bethel Honors students have produced a variety of fascinating projects including an original play, an economic analysis of the 2008 financial collapse, and the construction of a historical exhibit shown at a local historical site.

  • Honors students who want to go on to graduate or professional schools do so with an impressive portfolio. Many honors students see the program as a foundation for further education in fields such as law, religion, psychology, or business. Working in the Honors Program gives students experience in graduate style research and helps students build relationships with the faculty members who will be their advocates in the graduate school admission process.

  • Each student accepted to the Honors program is offered a $10,000 scholarship per academic year.

  • Students who complete the Honors Program with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 in Honors courses and a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 graduate from the Bethel University Honors Program, a distinction noted on their transcript and diploma.

The Honors Curriculum

Click here for a complete catalog description of the Honors curriculum.


In order to attract the best students and to help ensure that they have access to higher education and the necessary time to devote to their studies, Bethel University is proud to announce that all students accepted to the program will be offered the Honors Program Scholarship worth $10,000 per academic year.


To be admitted as an Honors students applicants must have a

  • 24 on the Reading and English portion of the ACT

  • 3.25 high school grade point average. 

The Honors Program also recognizes that at times outstanding student achievement may not be measurable strictly by an ACT Score.  Students who are interested in the Program but do not meet the requirements are encouraged to submit applications regardless and speak with the Director regarding their candidacy.  In some cases admission can be granted based upon outstanding recommendations, writing samples, and/or an interview with the Director.

Click here to complete an online information request form and we will send you more information about the program.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled. The first review of applications will begin on March 1. Students will be notified of one of three possibilities: 1. Admitted, 2. Wait-listed, 3. Denied. Once admitted, students will have two weeks to accept or reject the offer of admission. After April 15, any student who has been wait-listed or applied after the first round of offers, may be offered a place in the fall class. Applicants must also submit the Bethel University application to the Office of Admission. 

Click here to apply for the Honors Program now