Overview+

Bachelor of Arts in
Intercultural Ministry Studies

After 60+ years of training missionaries, we have perfected the learning process that has become our BA in Intercultural Ministry Studies and Bible & Theology. This program will teach you how to minister effectively in any culture and any country by deepening your walk with God, growing your intercultural social skills, and developing a godly character.

Bachelor of Arts with a Double Major

Bible & Theology:  The first two years of the program focus on biblical and theological study to deepen your understanding of God's Word, provide a foundation for godly character, and provide the substance for spiritual growth.

Intercultural Ministry Studies:  The following 16 months are then spent participating in a Global Internship, living in another country with a
team of classmates serving as missionary interns under our partner mission agency, Bethany Gateways, while continuing their studies with the university online. Global Internship is an outstanding catalyst to explore culture, participate in a variety of real life ministries, and for the student to find out how they personally fit into God’s plan for the world. At the end of Global Internship teams return to the Minnesota campus for a final semester designed to help students process and integrate all they have experienced.

Choose From Four Minors

Students pursuing our Bachelor's degree have the option to pursue the following minors by choosing 14 credits of electives within these areas and by participating in 6 credits of practicum related to their minors during the Global Internship phase of the program. Currently we offer four minors:

Learn how to bring social change through the use of innovative partnerships and entrepreneurial business models to make an impact internationally.
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Learn how to minister directly to the needs of pre-school age children in an intercultural environment.
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Learn how to respond to human injustice in a way that brings God's Kingdom to earth.
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Learn how to teach English as a foreign language as a way to open doors for the gospel in another country.
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Courses+

Bachelor of Arts Course Overview

All courses for the BA in Intercultural Ministry Studies and Bible & Theology are taken in a semester class structure. All students take the same classes in the sequence below.

The classes and sequence below can change a little from year to year, so be sure to look through our BGU catalog on the forms and documents page to get the most up to date course list.

Freshman Year

Semester 1

BTH111 Old Testament I: Pentateuch to Ruth (3 credits)

The first course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the message of the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the creation, the fall, the flood, the Patriarchs, Moses, the Exodus, the Tabernacle, the Law, and other issues and events recorded in the Pentateuch to Ruth.

BTH141 Hermeneutics (3 credits)

This course is a study of the principles, methods, and rules necessary for correctly understanding the meaning of Scripture and applying that meaning to our lives today. The course will examine the rules and approaches necessary for the different literary genre of scripture.

ENG111 English Composition (2 credits)

In this course, students will focus on the process of writing comprehensible, correct, and effective essays. They will learn how to express thoughts logically, clearly, and coherently in a variety of rhetorical modes. The course will teach students how to critically revise and edit their own compositions while avoiding mechanical, grammatical, and orthographical errors.

HUM112 Critical Thinking (2 credits)

This course focuses on loving God with your mind by developing foundational skills in critical reading and thinking. Students will use these foundational skills throughout all their subsequent courses during their BGU program.

MIS111 Intro to Missions (3 credits)

A broad overview of God’s mission in the world as revealed through His activity in the Old and New Testaments. The course also introduces the historical, cultural, strategic, and practical dimensions of the world’s mission mandate.

PRT111 Practical Training (0 credits)

SPD111 Foundations of Soul Care (1 credit)

This course will explore the impact and application of the transformative work of Christ and how that work specifically applies to Christian maturity and care for the soul (mind, will and emotions). Starting from the foundation of being created in God’s image, students will learn how to pursue a deeper walk with Christ as they learn more about their identity as a child of God. Students will learn how to let go of fear, anxiety, unforgiveness and ungodly coping mechanisms as they discover what it means for believers to love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. This course will include interactive lectures as well as personal testimonies and lessons from Student Life and other BGU Staff.

BGU111 Student Success: The BGU Way (1 credit)

This course is designed to help students be successful both academically and personally as they integrate into the Bethany community. They will be exposed to a variety of topics such as research methods, time management, communication skills, and interpersonal relationships. Students will also become familiar with a variety of services which are made available to them on campus through the Student Resource Center, the IT department and Prayer Ministry.

Semester 2

BTH122 Gospel of the Kingdom and Work of the Holy Spirit (3 credits)

The study of Luke and Acts will demonstrate how Jesus’ teachings, prayer, miracles, parables, death, resurrection, ascension, and sending of the Spirit advance the great story of the Bible, fulfilling the promises of God. Students will develop an integrated understanding of the New Testament culminating in a final oral exam in which they will tell the story of the gospel and how it spread into all the world. Students will use their New Testament timeline to tell this story including key events, missionary journeys, churches planted, persecutions, and letters written.

The course will also include practical components of learning to pray, being filled with the Spirit, leading Discovery Bible Studies, praying for and having gospel conversations with unbelievers, and other missionary activities so that students can take their place in God’s continuing story.

BTH131 Missional Theology (3 credits)

This course, as an introduction to essential Christian doctrine, seeks to equip the student with the fundamentals of Christian belief common to the worshiping community, the body of Christ around the world. Structured around the Apostle’s Creed, and drawing on classic ecumenical consensus, Missional Theology seeks to answer the question, “What have all Christians, everywhere, always believed?”

The course is called “Missional Theology” because mission is at the heart of the Biblical narratives concerning God’s work in human history, culminating with the life and work of Jesus Christ. For the purposes of this course, the topics of theology are characterized by mission and are related to God’s heart, initiative, and purposes in regard to “taking the church to where it is not.” The course also applies to the whole life of every disciple, since every believer is to be an ambassador, carrying the mission of God – His Kingdom – into every sphere of life.

SSC112 Health and Wellness (1 credit)

This course is designed to help students understand the need and assume personal responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As Christians, we believe that God took on bodily human form (John 1:14; Phil. 2:5-11); one implication of the incarnation and the bodily resurrection of Jesus is that God is very invested in human matters and in the physical world. This should impact how we care for ourselves, for those we serve, and for the world we live in. Students will explore the relationship between individual health and cultural, behavioral, environmental and biological factors as well as to develop a sustainable plan to improve personal health.

MIS112 Evangelism, Discipleship and Community (3 credits)

This course is designed to establish a biblical framework for missions with a focus on the crucial activities of the church: evangelism, discipleship and the creation of community. The course will examine how these activities integrate for the purpose of seeing God’s Kingdom come and His will done on the earth.

SSC131 Contemporary Issues: Gender & Sexuality (2 credits)

This course focuses on teaching students to honor God with their mind. Course content is crafted to reiterate and expand previously learned critical thinking skills (learned in HUM112: Critical Thinking). All previously learned skills will be leveraged, strengthened, and enhanced as students examine and interact with scholarly material related to various views on gender and sexuality.

PRT112 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

Minor Degree Class (2 credits) [optional]

Sophomore Year

Semester 1

BTH212 Old Testament II: Historical Books and Wisdom Literature (3 credits)

The second course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the message of the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the historical books from Joshua to the Exiles, the role of the prophets in the history of Israel, and provide an overview of Hebrew poetry and wisdom literature, with a view toward providing an understanding of the Old Testament as preparation for the coming of Christ and the advancement of the Kingdom of God in the world.

BTH221 The Book of Romans: Message of the Cross (2 credits)

This course is considered a foundational piece of the curriculum at Bethany. It is an in-depth, exegetical study of Paul’s epistle to the Church of Rome. A strong emphasis is given to Romans 6-8 to examine the role of the Cross as righteousness, providing freedom from the power of Sin and the Law, and victorious living through the empowerment by the Holy Spirit.

HUM211 Worldviews and World Religions (3 credits)

To be determined.

SPD211 Life in the Spirit: Training in Godliness (3 credit)

To be determined.

SSC231 Contemporary Issues: Sanctity of Life (2 credits)

To be determined.

PRT211 Practical Training (0 credits)

Minor Degree Class (2 credits) [optional]

Semester 2

BTH213 Old Testament III: Prophets and Intertestamental Period (3 credits)

The third course in the study of the historical background and general themes of the Old Testament books with a view to giving the student an overall perspective on the Old Testament in the light of its contemporary setting. This course will cover the role of the speaking and writing prophets in the history of Israel, describe the major prophetic periods in Israel, and survey the major themes and events related to the writings of the major and minor prophets. The course will also examine the history of the intertestamental period and the ways God was preparing Israel and the world for the coming Messiah and the unveiling of the Gospel (Ephesians 1:9-10).

CHM211 Intercultural Ministry Preparation (3 credits)

This course is designed to enable practical preparation for students as they plan for ministry in another culture. Students enrolled in this course will be preparing for participation in Bethany Global University’s Global Internship. The course will focus on practical issues of missionary life and the personal and interpersonal skills needed for effective ministry service. A heavy emphasis will be placed on partnership development.

ICS212 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)

The lack of an adequate understanding of the huge differences in the ways the many peoples of the world live, think and relate to each other in daily life has often been a major flashpoint of frustration for field missionaries. This course reviews what Cultural Anthropologists have learned about these differences. To understand the principles behind the differences is critical to discovering ways to overcome them. It is our desire to minimize the damage caused and the potential flashpoints of frustration posed by crossing cultural boundaries as missionaries of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This course will include a significant lab component consisting of case study analysis in small groups.

MAT211 Personal Finance (3 credits)

This course is designed to help the student understand and apply personal finance management at a basic level with specific attention to practical day-to-day applications. The course is structured as an online class and it utilizes Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance: College Edition. The student will learn how to establish a savings plan, how to develop a personal budget, calculate interest, evaluate bargains and sales, understand mortgage and interest calculations, understand insurance policies, and develop an investment plan.

SSC232 Contemporary Issues: Race and Culture (2 credits)

To be determined.

PRT212 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

Minor Degree Class (2 credits) [optional]

Junior Year

The entire junior year of courses are taken online while on your global internship overseas. Much of the content will be customized to fit the internship location. For example, if you go to Thailand, you will study the Thai language, learn Thai culture, and study the history of the Thai people.

You will take 3 semesters of courses over your junior year in the fall, spring, and summer.

Semester 1

COM311 Intercultural Communications (3 credits)

Missionaries and ministers of the gospel must be effective as communicators both to individuals as well as small and large groups of people. This course explores communication theory, cross-cultural social interaction and communication media; and introduces the dynamics of inter-cultural communication.

CHM321 Missionary Life Practicum I (3 credits)

This course consists of two main components: immersion in the local culture and the experience of missionary life. During the first months of life in a cross-cultural setting, the goal of the student is to engage in the local community as much as possible. Immersion in the culture will provide an integral foundation for future ministry as students invest in relationships, language building and cultural learning activities in their new environment.

This course also encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during the first term of the Global Internship program. As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk.

HIS311 History in Context (2 credits)

During the first term of the Global Internship, students will discover the local history of the geographic region of the world including ancient to recent political movements, social trends, people migrations, religious trends and the influence of geography, climate, religion and economics on the current social structures. Focus of this course varies according to Global Internship site.

LNG311 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)

This course covers the best strategies and methods for learning a foreign language. It will provide the student with the tools and information they need to discover what may be the best methods and strategies for them. Students will discover that there is no panacea or best way to learn a language. In fact, to be successful language learners they will learn the need to take control of their language learning, set goals and experiment with different strategies and methods. They will experiment, test and practice, until they find a combination of methods to help them accomplish their language learning goals. They will realize they do not need to depend on their teachers or tutors to become fluent in their new language, but they must go beyond the classroom and learn what interests them and helps them secure what they need.

SSC311 Intro to Ethnographic Research: Exploring Material Culture (4 credits)

Learning to learn from the context is considered a key adaptation skill for cross-cultural missionaries. The ethnographic research that students do on a daily basis forms a foundation for understanding the culture they are living in and for their future role in understanding whatever culture they find themselves in. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations. The observations and discussions for this term will focus on material culture and language practices.

Semester 2

BTH321 Philippians (3 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament writings of Paul to the churches of Philippi. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

CHM322 Missionary Life Practicum II (3 credits)

As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during their Global Internship program. Attention will be given to assessment of community life, personal disciplines and issues of character with regular discussions of the implications of life in a new culture to the student’s ongoing spiritual walk. Students are required to pass this course to be considered for continuation in the Global Internship into the following term.

LNG321 Language Competency I (3 credits)

Students set goals as an assessment tool to monitor their results and employ any necessary changes to their goals or language learning habits. They will employ resources available to them in their language class, language materials and through the use of digital media. They will employ these language resources for listening, learning and practicing their target language in context to help them accomplish their language learning goals. In addition, they will hold themselves accountable to a language tutor who will assess their language abilities through an interview with a native speaker.

MIS311 Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Planting in Context (2 credits)

This course will specifically look at the presentation of the Gospel within the local context, examining the issues and looking at historical and contemporary responses to them used by effective ministers. The course also gives a survey of prevalent models contrasted with innovative models of evangelism and discipleship used by local ministries within the region.

SSC313 Social and Political Structures (4 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the social and political structures of a particular culture. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

Semester 3

BTH322 Hebrews (3 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament book of Hebrews. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

CHM323 Missionary Life Practicum III (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration.

CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (3 credits) [optional applies to minor]

This course focuses on developing a strategic plan for discovering effective ways students can address a strategic felt need in their identified context of work, so as to align with Bethany Global University’s vision, and coordinating with local leadership and ministries. The course is built on a case study of Nehemiah, discussion posts, projects, and the final project of a strategic plan for their targeted audience and context.

ICS314 Local Area Religions (2 credits)

This course is designed to explore the prominent and secondary religions and cults within the region. The religions examined will be determined by the context, but each will be examined through an overview of the beliefs and histories of the religion and the implications to ministry within the region. Each of these prominent religions will be examined to understand the extent of their influence, the key beliefs and values system, the impact to daily life and the interaction of these religions with other religions. If prominent Christian-based cults are also present in the region, these will be explored as well.

LNG322 Language Competency II (3 credit)

During this course, students will set specific goals for their language study. They will work on one or two skills at a time that will enable them to progress in their learning. Goals give direction and help with measuring growth. Students will continue to create language lessons based on what their language goals are and according to their language needs. They will plan where, when, and how long to work on their goals. Students will continue to plan topics and dialogues with their language helper using the Lexicarry or any other materials they choose. Spontaneous conversations using the target language while in the community will continue to be emphasized. Students will need to be disciplined and motivated to work on language learning on their own.

SSC312 Religious Systems and Structures (4 credits)

This course continues application of ethnographic research with a specific focus on exploring the religious systems and structures of a particular culture with a view toward effective ministry within the context. This course is built on daily observations recorded in a field journal and discussed in a biweekly collaborative meeting to share and understand those observations.

Minor Degree Class (3 credits) [optional]

Senior Year

The first semester of your senior year is the last semester of your 16 month global internship, leaving the last semester as a time for re-entry.

Semester 1

BTH422 Ephesians (3 credits)

A missionary needs to know and understand the Word of God, not only for their own life, but also as they minister to and teach others. Knowledge of the Word includes understanding how to understand it, read it, learn from it, share insights with others and apply it to one’s own life. This course is designed to dig deeply into the New Testament writings of Paul to the churches of Ephesus. The course will be based on a group Bible study approach.

CHM422 Missionary Life Practicum IV (3 credits)

The student will participate regularly in assigned local ministry opportunities designed to give them a broad view of ministry in context as well as specific opportunities to innovate, create impact and value available for future consideration.

CHM431 Local Ministry Study Lab (3 credits) [optional applies to minor]

In the 4th term of Global Internship, students will do an independent study lab to research a local ministry or opportunity which they believe relates to their future involvement in missions. Students will visit the ministry, conduct interviews, explore options and describe opportunities available to them. Some regional travel may be involved as time and budget allow.

ICS422 Contextualization (4 credits)

This course borrows from the lessons learned in SSC 311, 312 and 411 (Ethnographic Research) and seeks to integrate that learning into the development of a holistic strategy for consideration of the specific worldview issues, belief systems and value systems which either inhibit or provide opportunity for contextualization of the Gospel message for a particular culture. Students will examine principles of contextualization and examine what they have learned from the culture during their Global Internship sojourn to describe this strategy. Students will continue to record observations in a field journal and discuss these observations and their implications in a bi-weekly collaborative meeting.

LNG 422 Language Competency IV (3 credit)

This course is a required practical learning lab as a continuation of lessons learned in LNG 421 during the 4th Global Internship term. As a response to the ongoing need to use the local language for relationships, ministry and daily living, students will continue to pursue language study throughout the term by regular meetings with a language tutor or informant and accountability to their team for progress.

LNG421 Language Competency III (3 credit)

During this course, students will take a more active approach to language study by working with others in their community. They will set their own short, specific language learning goals and develop stronger listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in their target language. Students will develop discipline in language study and become self-directed learners.

Minor Degree Class (3 credits) [optional]

Semester 2

BTH412 Telling God's Story: Genesis through Revelation (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the ways oral learners process information and methods for communicating truth through storying. Students learn the dynamics of strategic storying, assess collections of story sets and how they can be used to open hearts to the Gospel, and how to use chronological storying to teach biblical truth, especially how to help people who have no historical understanding of God’s dealings with mankind, to His purposes, love, and provision of salvation. Students learn the skills of designing stories to focus on specific theological truths, telling stories, making sure that people comprehend the truths to be taught, and how to weave these together to make the Gospel absolutely clear. Storying for follow-up of believers and for church-planting are included. Finally, each student should have a firm grasp on the timeline and major events of salvation history as it is revealed to us in the Old and New Testaments as a foundation for telling God’s story.

BTH431 Practical Theology (2 credits)

Practical Theology focuses upon the synthesis of ministry philosophy with ministry practice. Yet in the course of ministry, some preconceived philosophies become incongruent with ministry practice, thus leaving the Christian leader confronted with a ministry crisis. When ministry crises occur, the tendency for the Christian leader is to look externally rather than internally to resolve this crisis of incongruence. Meanwhile, our Lord is urging us to look internally, to live more humbly and surrender more fully to the Lord in order to persevere in ministry. This class will provide a proactive approach towards the inevitable incongruence of ministry philosophy and practice, by helping the student lay a foundation of personal insight, while providing practical skills for ministry effectiveness. Also, the student will come away with a basic proficiency in practical ministry skills in counseling and conducting various ceremonies such as: a funeral, a wedding, a baptism and a sermon.

CHM412 Missionary Member Care (2 credits)

The topic of Missionary Member Care addresses different areas of health and challenge in a missionary’s life. Member Care is integral to all aspects of mission. In the Missionary Member Care class, students will gain an overview understanding of the areas of a missionary’s life that are addressed in Member Care through reading articles and learning about tools used in member care around the world today. Students will also attend the Midwest Conference on Member Care (MC2) during the course where they will gain a greater understanding of member care, and the current realities and needs of overseas workers in the fields today.

ICS431 Integrative Project (3 credits)

As students prepare to launch out in the vision that God is growing in their hearts, this course is intended to provide an opportunity to reflect on what each has learned, articulating their philosophy of ministry, recognized gifts and callings from the Lord and a strategic plan of their direction postgraduation.

LDR431 Leadership (2 credits)

This course offers an overview of the biblical basis and dynamic principles of effective leadership with a view toward personal application of these principles in life and work. Students will examine their own leadership experiences and make application to future leadership opportunities.

MIS421 Transitions (3 credits)

The transition from one’s new adopted host culture back into the home culture can raise many crosscultural stress issues. Returning missionaries often experience internal conflicts with regard to identity, status, role, relationships, and changed perspective. This in turn can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts with friends, families, work, school, and other areas. A successful reentry transition allows the missionary to reflect on the relationship between the host culture they are leaving and the primary culture they are returning to. This course is designed to help the student effectively process their transition from internship back to the US.

PRT411 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 credits) [optional]

Minor Degree Class (2 credits) [optional]

Business Minor+

Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions Minor

Learn how to bring social change through innovative partnerships and entrepreneurial business models to collaboratively identify problems and define solutions. You will learn historical and contemporary roles of international businesses and non-government organizations (NGOs), the concept of building social capital, and a basic overview of macro and microeconomics. This minor prepares a student to work in partnership with others in intercultural environments to identify issues and create solutions for social change.

Minor Objectives

  1. Define business as transformation and how it contributes to socio-economic community development
  2. Understand the skills and principles necessary to establish a sustainable entrepreneurial venture overseas
  3. Describe how principles of entrepreneurship can be integrated with disciple-making and church development in an intercultural setting

Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions Minor Courses

The student must complete 14 credits from the following courses.

Required core courses for the minor:

  • ENT121 Transformational Entrepreneurship I (2 cr.)
  • ENT221 Transformational Entrepreneurship II (2 cr.)
  • BUS421 Business for Transformation Capstone (2 cr.)

An additional 8 credits from the following:

  • ECO232 Basic Finance for Microenterprise and Non-profits (2 cr.)
  • BUS311 Business Ethics and Discipleship (3 cr.)
  • BUS411 Business for Transformation (3 cr.)
  • CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (BfT emphasis) (3 cr.)
  • CHM431 Local Ministry Study Lab (BfT emphasis) 3 cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

A number of our ministry sites will have opportunities to put what you learned in your business concentration to use.

  • Ministry through Business for Transformation (also known as Business as Missions) Initiatives
  • Ministry through Christian Publishing Initiatives
  • Ministry through Christian Development Initiatives
  • Ministry in administration in Christian ministry organizations

See Business Minor In Action

Social Justice Minor+

Social Justice Minor

The minor in Social Justice allows students to focus on issues directly related to demonstrating the presence of God’s Kingdom on earth, exemplified by responding to issues created by human injustice such as racism, oppression, human trafficking and persecution. Students examine biblical perspectives of
justice and historical patterns of injustice as well as the Church’s historical and contemporary response to injustice. This minor prepares a student to minister in partnership with others in intercultural environments to bring Kingdom principles to bear on issues of injustice in the world today.

Social Justice Minor Objectives

  1. Define issues of human injustice and the cultural and worldview issues which contribute to their cause and perpetuation.
  2. Describe historical and contemporary responses of the Church to issues of social injustice.
  3. Describe Kingdom-oriented opportunities and approaches to dealing with injustice in intercultural settings.

Social Justice Courses

The student must complete 14 credits from the following courses.

Required core courses for the minor:

  • SSC111 Seeking Justice in God’s Mission (2 cr.)
  • SSC422 Social Justice Capstone (2 cr.)

An additional 10 credits from the following:

  • CHM232 Welcoming the Stranger (2 cr.)
  • CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (SJ emphasis) (3 cr.)
  • CHM431 Local Ministry Study Lab (SJ emphasis) (3 cr.)
  • SSC211 A Christian View on Disability Ministry (2 cr.)
  • SSC321 Children at Risk (3 cr.)
  • SSC421 Responding to Human Trafficking (3 cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Ministering to children at risk
  • Ministering to underprivileged populations
  • Ministering to victims of abuse
  • Ministering to victims of human trafficking
  • Ministering to refugee/immigrant/displaced persons

Early Childhood Education Minor+

Education in Missions Minor

The minor in Education in Missions allows students to focus on the specific needs of younger children. Students gain a foundational understanding of theories of how children develop and learn and examine the planning and implementation of learning activities for young children. This minor prepares a student to work in partnership with others in Christian ministry within intercultural environments to minister directly to the needs of pre-school age children. The focus of the curriculum is the use of the Montessori
Method of education from a distinctly Christian perspective.

Minor Objectives

  1. Define the Montessori Method of education, its philosophy, principles, and methodology.
  2. Describe key competencies necessary to provide a Christian learning environment for children of diverse environments.
  3. Understand how to apply the Montessori Method of learning to intercultural contexts within the framework of Christian missions.

How the Montessori Method Works

The Montessori educational approach emphasizes independent, student-initiated work, problem solving, mixed-aged groupings, flexible pacing, freedom of movement, and is on the cutting edge of child education.

There are 4,500 private Montessori schools in the USA and 50,000 International Montessori schools, with 1,000 in Japan alone.

At BGU students can obtain a minor in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Montessori Instruction. Through a partnership with a partner institution, the Christian Montessori Training Center (CMTC), credits earned toward the minor in Early Childhood Education are accepted by CMTC toward their Certificate in Montessori Instruction. Completion of that certificate requires additional study through the CMTC that does not apply to the 4-year BA program. Contact CMTC for additional information rebecca.dirks@bethfel.org.

Minor Courses

In order to earn the minor in Education in Missions, the student must complete 14 credits from the following courses.

Required core courses for the minor:

  • ECE111 Foundations of Early Childhood Education (2 cr.)
  • ECE211 Child Development in Early Childhood Education (2 cr.)
  • ECE212 Health and Wellness in a Child Care Setting (2 cr.)
  • ECE433 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education (2 cr.)

An additional 6 credits from the following:

  • ECE321 Classroom Management (3 cr.)
  • ECE431 Parent Educator Partnership (3 cr.)
  • CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (ECE emphasis) (3 cr.)
  • CHM431 Local Ministry Study Lab (ECE emphasis) (3 cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Ministry in drop-in centers and after-school programs for street children
  • Ministry to orphans
  • Ministry to children at risk
  • Ministry through Christian preschool programs

See The Early Childhood Education Minor In Action

TEFL Minor+

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Minor

The minor in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is designed for students who may have the opportunity to use English teaching within the context of ministry in an intercultural ministry setting.

In this minor, students will examine the structure of the English language, linguistic patterns, TEFL principles and methods and best ministry and educational practice for building lessons and providing leadership in a TEFL classroom situation. As currently structured, this minor does not offer any recognized certification in TEFL. It is an introductory approach designed for practical application within an intercultural ministry setting.

Minor Objectives

  1. Understand the basic grammatical and structural qualities of the English language.
  2. Understand the basic concepts of linguistics.
  3. Develop and effectively implement lesson plans and activities to teach English to speakers of
    other languages.

TEFL Courses

In order to earn the minor in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, the student must complete a total of 14 credits from the following courses.

Required core courses for the minor:

  • TFL221 TEFL Methods (2 cr.)
  • TFL223 TEFL Practicum (2 cr.)

An additional 10 credits from the following:

  • LNG111 Introduction to Linguistics (2 cr.)
  • TFL321 Curriculum and Assessment Materials Development (3 cr.)
  • TFL421 Teaching Grammar to Non-Native Speakers (3 cr.)
  • TFL422 TEFL Capstone (2 cr.)
  • CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (TEFL emphasis) (3 cr.)
  • CHM431 Local Ministry Study Lab (TEFL emphasis) (3 cr.)

Learn More On Your Global Internship

  • Working in ministry organizations that offer assistance to individuals to develop conversational English as part of their ministry model.
  • Working in ministry organizations that offer English teaching (schools, after-school programs, etc.)
  • Ministering by teaching English to at-risk women and children
  • Ministering in a Christian preschool program as an English instructor

*The individual minors and concentrations are in development and are therefore subject to change.

Practical Training+

Practical Training

Bethany Global University (BGU) is an organization that has been built on the idea that enterprise can be used to help advance the gospel. Over the past 60 years, students at BGU have offset the cost of their education by serving in various roles through the organization, and you will have the opportunity to do the same. One way this has been done in the past is through the Practical Training (PT) Scholarship. Not only will the PT Scholarship save you money, but it will also serve as a valuable educational experience. Thus, it has become an important part of the educational program at BGU.

The Practical Training program will give you the chance to be a part of the inner workings of Bethany Global University. You will invest roughly 15 hours a week serving in certain parts of the ministry, which helps all of us continue to advance the gospel.

Work College

Bethany Global University is an official work college and a member of the work college consortium.

  • Work College: A federally designated institution that has "comprehensive work-learning-service" programs as an essential and core component of their educational programs. All resident students are required to work including one-half of all students who are enrolled on a full-time basis regardless of their academic program or their financial need.
  • Work College Consortium: Bethany Global University is part of a group of eight distinctive student-centered liberal arts colleges promoting the purposeful integration of Work-Learning-Service while helping to reduce the cost of education.

From practical training you will gain:

  1. A practical training scholarship. Each semester you are awarded a  scholarship for your participation in the Practical Training program. This is part of how Bethany Global University is Tuition-Paid. This increases the potential for you to walk away from college debt free. Imagine what you can do with the extra money you save!
  2. Grow in professionalism. Your ability to influence people is based on how you’re able to interact with them in different social settings. We will teach you how to grow in professionalism whether you’re serving in an office setting, or working in other areas of the ministry.
  3. Develop a strong work ethic. At BGU we pray hard, play hard, and work hard. When you work hard you build trust with those around you. It also shows your supervisor that the best people to have on the team are Christians!
  4. Learn directly from the staff. Learning new skills is essential for effective cross-cultural work in the future. By serving in various areas of the ministry you will develop a new and diverse set of skills. The staff at BGU will work with you in training and developing you as a person.

Practical Training Assignments

Your practical training program work assignment is based on personal interviews, past experience, preference, and the needs of the organization. Departments  students have served in the past include:

  • I.T.
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Admissions
  • Recruitment
  • Financial Aid
  • Montessori
  • Kitchen
  • Grounds Crew
  • Maintenance
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Cleaning
  • Daycare
  • Coffee Shop

Global Internship+

Global Internship

Learn how to comfortably move between two different cultures quickly through a combination of formal training, experience, interaction, and practical ministry application. Through the Global Internship, you will observe and engage in missionary life firsthand to apply the knowledge you gained in the classroom.

What do the Interns do?

During Global Internship, students will:

  • Live overseas as a team for 16 months at one of our Global Internship sites
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Partner with missionaries and local ministries to bring the Gospel to a people group
  • Study social structures, religion, and worldview
  • Become interculturally minded Christians

The Global Internship is split into four terms (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall) and each term has a distinct focus to help you get the most out of your experience overseas. While each location operates a little differently you can get a general idea about each term by looking through the list below.

  • Gain foundational language learning
  • Build relationships within the community
  • Be established in process of culture learning
  • Online courses: Philippians, Second Language Acquisition, History in Context, and Intro to Ethnographic Research
  • Build ministry skills through participation
  • Informal language learning
  • Gain foundation understanding of predominant religions in your region
  • Online courses: James, Local Area Religions, Language Competency I, and Religious Systems and Structures

Mid Internship Break (2 weeks towards the end of April)

  • The only scheduled vacation during the 16 months
  • Travel regionally in small groups
  • Family may visit
  • May return to the US

Global Internship Retreat

To give the interns a one week break and "checkup" in the middle of their Global Internship to focus on identity, community and team, interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and academic learning.

  • Gain understanding of Evangelism, Discipleship and Church Planting as it occurs in context.
  • Gain ethnographic understanding of social, political and community structures
  • Deepen interview and ministry skills.
  • Online courses: Galatians, Language Competency II, Social and Political Structures, and Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting in Context.
  • Gain understanding of theological and practical contextualization
  • Integrate ethnographic observations with ministry realities
  • Learn how to leave well
  • Online courses: Ephesians, Language Competency III, and Contextualization

Where are the Global Internship sites?

Global Interns are sent in teams. Student teams live together in one of several different locations around the world. The Global Internship sites each provide their own unique environments, languages, cultural and religious contexts and ministry challenges, and opportunities. Global Interns over the past several years have lived in France, the Caucasus region, West Africa, Slovenia, Thailand, Southeast Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Hungary and Kenya.

New sites are continually being identified and developed to receive Global Internship teams.


Updated GI Location Map

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