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Connect To Purpose

Experiential Learning - English


YAWP! is Bethel College’s online student-run creative journal with features in photography, poetry, short stories, drawings, photos and prints. YAWP! accepts entries from Bethel College students, faculty, staff, and alumni.


In 2006, two students won summer undergraduate research stipends, one for a project in hip-hop criticism, the other for an examination of political fiction from India. Other recent research/seminar topics have included:

  • Analysis of sacred spaces, including college campus spots analyzed through the literary lens of spiritual geographies
  • Political theory in international contemporary literature
  • Gender conceptions and concepts of self in adolescent literature
  • The extreme dimensions of college/campus life analyzed through the literary lens of carnivalesque literary theory
  • Comparative art-English study of gender images in the works of William Blake
  • Native American literature
  • Chicano/a literature

Study Abroad

Bethel offers an interterm travel course, Studies in Drama in Chicago. Students examine major dramas emerging from cross-cultural histories for the first on-campus segment of the course, and then travel to Chicago for five days to consider a living relationship between these texts and cross-cultural urban spaces, histories, and perspectives. The class meets with human rights organizations by day and watches drama productions by night, meeting with directors, writers and actors after their shows. The course is open to any student.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.