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Hands-on Learning

Develop your knowledge, skills and values from real-world experiences outside a traditional academic setting.

Connect your academics with applications in the professional world , and build knowledge in the subject matter while also gaining relevant skills.

Push yourself outside your comfort zone, immersing yourself in other cultures and perspectives.

Dive into your own – or partner on your professor’s – hands-on research project, presenting on-campus or across the continent. Strive to have your research included in the binational Marpeck Undergraduate Research Journal.

You’ll actively apply theories learned in class to real-life situations – all while you explore your vocation, participate in servant leadership, develop your cultural awareness and engage with your community.

  • Research posters regularly chosen for presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
  • 17 countries where Bethel cooperates for study abroad programs
  • 1 of 4 Kansas private colleges recognized in the President’s Higher Education Community Service honor roll

Undergraduate research 

Set yourself apart from other job and graduate school candidates through your research endeavors – starting as soon as you step on campus and/or in your culminating senior thesis project.


Gain insight into the world of work and add context to your classroom studies – while positioning yourself to land a job after graduation.

Service learning

Earn scholarships and/or credit for your focus on voluntary service, strengthening your community and your resume.

Study abroad 

Expand your cultural awareness and understanding, whether across the sea or in another state. Explore different ways of thinking, communicating, working, learning and living, necessary for success in today’s global society.

Mission Statement

Bethel College prepares students for meaningful lives of work and service through faith formation, the liberal arts, and practical experience in career pathways.