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Bethany Lutheran College, owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, is a private, residential, liberal arts college committed to the teachings of the Bible as set forth in the Lutheran Confessions. Bethany provides studies culminating in a bachelor of arts degree. The college serves Lutherans and others by offering a challenging, student-centered approach to education that fosters spiritual development, intellectual and creative growth, self-understanding, and responsible citizenship. In keeping with its heritage, Bethany aspires to produce students with a clear understanding of Christian vocation, which encourages students to make the most of their God-given talents.

Introduction

Since 1927 Bethany Lutheran College has provided quality education. It has maintained a consistent commitment to producing consecrated and intelligent citizens who demonstrate intellectual accomplishments, good judgment and cultural awareness. Above all, the goal of the college has been to provide sound, Christian education focusing on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Bethany Lutheran College seeks to be a community of faith and learning.

Philosophy

Bethany Lutheran College is a Christian liberal arts college. The college and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod are committed to the Holy Scriptures, the inspired and inerrant Word of God, as the sole authority for faith and life. The Lutheran Confessions are accepted as the correct understanding of the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. This commitment is summarized by the Reformation principles: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone.

Specifically, the college confesses that through faith in Jesus Christ the individual receives the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Such faith is produced in human hearts by the Holy Spirit through the Word and Sacraments.

The Christian faith governs the entire educational process at Bethany. Christian education implies a unique perspective on the past, present, and future. It assumes a specific view of people and their relationships both to God and to others. The college is committed to the position that these relationships are to be understood in the light of the knowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior and the Lord of the universe.

Objectives

In order to carry out the philosophy of the college, Bethany has the following specific objectives for the students:

1. To grow in the grace and in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by means of the Gospel.

2. To demonstrate independent critical thinking so that they are not shaken from the eternal foundations on which their moral and spiritual growth is based.

3. To demonstrate responsible citizenship and awareness of social realities through the study of American and world cultural heritage as well as contemporary social, economic, and political issues (includes exposure to other cultures and ethnicities).

4. To experience fine arts and literature as an educated individual.

5. To demonstrate Christian stewardship with regard to their talents and abilities that they be used for the glory of God and the welfare of mankind.

6. To demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English.

7. To demonstrate proficiency in mathematics and the natural sciences for a better understanding of the physical world.

8. To demonstrate awareness of healthy lifestyle choices through curricular and co-curricular experiences.

9. To demonstrate competency in a major field of study to serve productively as a member of a family, workplace, church, and community.

To fulfill these objectives, Bethany provides:

1. Religion courses, daily chapel services, and other opportunities for the exercise of the Christian faith;

2. A Common General Education Core for all students; and

3. A growing number of majors culminating in a bachelor of arts degree.

The Bethany Song

High amid the trees we stand,
Bethany, oh guide of youth,
Pointing up with kindly hand,
Filling hearts and minds with truth.

When we leave your sheltered side,
May we all your hopes fulfill;
May your lessons e'er abide,
May your hand point upward still.