Overview+

Bachelor of Arts in
Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions

Create spiritual and social impact through entrepreneurship.

With the realities of sweeping world change, modern missionaries are finding creative ways to let the light of Christ shine brightly. At Bethany Global University we are launching a new program that will teach you how to not only transform lives, but influence societies through entrepreneurship.

This program is a compilation of Bible, theology, intercultural studies, business, and liberal arts classes to help you think critically, live godly, adapt to other cultures quickly, and start businesses in difficult environments. This degree blends learning in a classroom with hands-on experience in one of our 16-month Global Internship locations overseas.

Double Major with a Single Minor

This degree is a double major in:

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.

Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions: The core focus of the degree is entrepreneurship. To learn how to transform lives, cultures, and societies for Christ through business development. While business principles and activities are taught thoroughly, you will also gain a deep understanding of worldview and the basic building blocks that make up societies in order to influence them.

A mandatory single minor will also be earned in:

Intercultural Ministry Studies: Learning how to understand cross-cultural and language barriers are critical to any missions effort. This is especially true of those who wish to start businesses in new cultures that impact society.

What You Will Learn

With a double major in Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions and Bible & Theology, you will learn how to:

Transform Business: Media often paints a bad picture of business, but to sell something is truly a noble task. To sell is to create value where there might have been none before. Through Transformational Entrepreneurship, you will learn how to discover value and turn that value into profit that brings transformation to the community and society.

Transform Lives: While profit is a driving factor for business, the true bottom line is transformed lives. Transformational Entrepreneurship is very much a program for those who are called to bring the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. With this program, you will learn how to integrate business and ministry to see lives transformed.

Transform Societies:  Through Christ, you can influence a whole society and this degree will help you not only bring economic and spiritual change but will give you critical thinking skills you need to understand and influence the different building blocks that make up a society.

Learn How to Bring Entrepreneurship Into Nonprofit Work

This degree will not only teach you how to start for-profit businesses overseas but also equip you with skills and abilities that are valuable to any ministry or nonprofit organization as well. Watch the TEDx talk below from our adjunct instructor, Dan Sanchez, as he explains how he was able to apply the lessons he learned working for a startup to nonprofit work.

Courses+

Bachelor of Arts Course Overview

All courses for the BA in Transformational Entrepreneurship in Missions 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.

ENT111 Introduction to Business as Missions (2 credits)

This course begins by examining God’s holistic mission and the purpose of business in accomplishing that mission, inherently, internally and externally. The course will survey, through readings, cases and lectures, the various intentional efforts throughout the world to use business strategies to accomplish multiple bottom lines, including financial, social, environmental and spiritual, and to have maximum impact, especially through Business for Transformation, Social Entrepreneurship and Tent-Making as sub categories of Business as Mission. The students will be introduced to church-planting through Business as Mission.

HUM112 Critical Thinking, Logic, and Research Methods (2 credits)

This course focuses on loving God with your mind by developing foundational skills in critical thinking, analytical reading, rhetoric, and scholarly research. 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 The 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 Fundamentals of Christian 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.

ENT112 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (2 credits)

Introduction to Entrepreneurship is a foundational course that introduces students to entrepreneurship by exploring an entrepreneurial perspective to the pursuit of value-creating opportunities. This course examines the entrepreneur’s approach including business creation and leadership, innovation and creativity, and the knowledge and skills necessary for these approaches to create value. Students will examine case studies in order to gain familiarity with the successful entrepreneurship skills and practices. Entrepreneurship will be discussed from a Christian worldview that emphasizes exemplary ethical principles from a personal and organizational perspective.

ENT121 Innovation and Creativity (2 credits)

This course focuses on the role of creativity and innovation in product, service, or idea generation that may eventually lead to business formation and commercialization.  The course will explore barriers to creativity and innovation and introduce alternative problem-solving approaches.

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: Sanctity of Life (2 credits)

This course focuses on teaching students to honor God with their mind by teaching them to utilize previously learned critical thinking skills. Students will utilize these skills as they examine various texts and sources that inform the contemporary ethical and political debates about the sanctity of life (including, but not limited to, abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, contraceptives, and “right to die” issues).

PRT112 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 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.

ENT211 Principles of Business for Transformation (2 credits)

Students will develop a simple business with a special focus on sales and marketing over the course of the semester. The goal is to revisit the process of the customer development as well as gain practical skills in sales and marketing of a new business.

ENT221 Lean Entrepreneurship (2 credits)

This course introduces students to how visionaries create products, innovate new ventures, and disrupt markets. Students will discover entrepreneurship skills that will serve them regardless they become an entrepreneur. These skills include:

  • Empathy: being able to connect with another person’s experience of the world
  • Interview skills
  • Problem solving
  • Experimentation: quickly testing different ideas until you find an optimal combination
  • Effective research

During the course, students will develop and execute a business model in a team using the Business Canvas Model and will understand how that model can apply to all entrepreneurial endeavors.  Students will also independently develop an entrepreneurial idea of their own.

HUM211 Worldviews and World Religions (3 credits)

This course presents a broad overview of the nature and function of a worldview (especially as relates to religion) and a critical evaluation of dominant non-biblical worldviews by way of an introductory survey of the historical emergence, key doctrines, and various underlying assumptions of the different major world religions. Special attention will be given to practical engagement, effective evangelism and best practices for ministry within the contexts of non-Christian religious systems.

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

To be determined.

SSC231 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). 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.

PRT211 Practical Training (0 credits)

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.

ECO232 Entrepreneurial Finance and Accounting (2 credits)

This course focuses on the flow of cash through entrepreneurial enterprise as the foundation for understanding the basics of accounting and finance. This course explores the sourcing and conservation of the financial resources the startup needs to be successful. Students, many whom will not have a background in accounting and finances, will explore the practical business implications gained from financial statements and will learn how to manage the startup’s finances to create the best possibility for long-term success. At the end of the course, students will develop a three-year financial plan for a startup venture and determine how to garner the resources needed to start.

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)

This course focuses on teaching students to honor God with their mind by teaching them to utilize previously learned critical thinking skills. Students will utilize these skills as they examine various texts and sources that inform the contemporary moral, theological, and political debates about critical race theory, intersectionality, and the causes of racial tensions in North America.

PRT212 Practical Training (0 credits)

Electives (3 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, Language, and Entrepreneurial Practicum I (6 credits)

This course consists of three main components: immersion in the local culture, the experience of missionary life, and the process of language learning. 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. As students enter a new culture, many things challenge faith and spirituality. This course also encompasses the daily life lessons of the individual and the team during the first term of the 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. In language learning the focus will be on acquiring the basic building blocks of the target language to be able to function in real life communication situations. Students will hold themselves accountable to a language tutor as they navigate their language learning journey.

ENT321 Creating and Growing a Spiritual Impact Plan (2 credits)

Responsible stewardship calls us to examine our hearts and our actions to see how well we are doing the work we are called to do, to determine if we are making a difference for the Kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 11 verse 28 we are instructed to examine ourselves before joining in the Lord’s Supper. That is a call to a spiritual evaluation on a personal level. We need similarly to evaluate our businesses and to report to those in authority over us, as Paul and Silas did in reporting to the church in Antioch. This course focuses on how Transformational Entrepreneurship develops an intentional and measurable spiritual impact plan by asking the question; “Are we being the people and the business God has called us to be?” The students will become knowledgeable in seven fruitful practices of Transformational Entrepreneurship.

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 (3 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 Prison Epistles (3 credits)

This course will focus on the prison epistles, primarily on Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, along with a reading of Philemon, which has already been covered in-depth in the Hermeneutics course. In this course students will: 1) continue to hone skills of inductive Bible study (survey reading, identification of book structure and purpose, understanding of historical and literary context, textual observation, interpretation, and application); 2) identify and trace major themes found through the prison epistles, 3) gain an understanding of what these books teach about spiritual warfare and joy in suffering, and practically apply this to their lives on Global Internship.

BUS311 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 credits)

This course is the study of how an individual, whether it is a single person or business, decides how to allocate resources, and the interaction that occurs between those individuals or businesses.

CHM322 Missionary Life, Language and Entrepreneurial Practicum II (6 credits)

As a continuation of CHM321, students will continue their journey in cultural immersion, missionary life and ministry, and language learning. Continued 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 will also 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. With the goal of interacting socially within their new communities, students will also continue to hold themselves accountable to a language tutor.

SSC313 Social and Political Structures (3 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 Pastoral Epistles (3 credits)

This course will focus on the pastoral epistles, Titus, 1 & 2 Timothy. In this course students will: 1) continue to hone inductive Bible study skills (survey reading, identification of book structure and purpose, understanding of historical and literary context, textual observation, interpretation, and application); 2) identify and trace major themes found through the pastoral epistles, 3) gain an understanding of what these books teach about being a good steward, discipleship, sound doctrine, & training in godliness for a lifestyle of faith and practically apply this to their lives on Global Internship.

BUS321 Entrepreneurial Marketing (2 credits)

This course focuses on introducing new products or services to the marketplace, marketing those products and services in an environment of limited resources. Students will be able to craft marketing strategies for all stages of enterprise development and be able to implement those strategies in the most resource efficient manner. Students will examine strategic internet marketing and social media platforms marketing.

CHM323 Missionary Life, Language and Entrepreneurial Practicum III (6 credits)

As a continuation of CHM322, students will continue their journey in cultural immersion, missionary life and ministry, and language learning. Continued 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 will also 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. With the goal of interacting socially within their communities, students will also continue to hold themselves accountable to a language tutor.

CHM331 Strategic Plan Development (3 credits) [optional]

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.

ENT322 Leading and Managing People (2 credits)

This course focuses on analyzing strategic situations and decision making based on these analyses to ensure the success of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Students will become knowledgeable of effective conflict management within a cross-cultural business setting.

SSC312 Religious Systems and Structures (3 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.

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 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.

BUS412 Fundamentals of International Business (3 credits)

This study offers a conceptual evaluation of the frameworks of international and multinational operations. Topics covered include global environments, import and export, international concerns and changing parameters within which organizations must function.

CHM422 Missionary Life, Language and Entrepreneurial Practicum IV (6 credits)

As a continuation of CHM323, students will continue their journey in cultural immersion, missionary life and ministry, and language learning.  Continued 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 will also 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. With the goal of interacting socially within their new communities, students will also continue to hold themselves accountable to a language tutor.

ENT411 Marketspace: From Evangelism to Church Planting (3 credits)

This course will introduce the primary components of what is known as Business as Mission (BAM) and discover how business in and of itself can be an instrument of mission and community transformation.

CHM431 Local Ministry Study (3 credits) [optional]

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.

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.

ENT412 Entrepreneurship Capstone (3 credits)

The capstone course is a method of summative evaluation in which the student is given an opportunity to demonstrate integrated knowledge and growth in the major. The student will present a written presentation and an oral presentation presenting a Transformational Entrepreneurial venture which is supported by validated learning, sound research, and a theologically supported spiritual impact plan.  The business presentation must demonstrate a satisfactory understanding and use of the business model canvas, a verifiable financial projection verified by realistic market trends, and a spiritual impact plan that incorporates the fourteen fruitful practices of business for transformation.

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)

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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