Focus on Student Exploration
The Bethany Plan has a general education component called the Interdisciplinary Trail. The program is designed to evaluate the enduring and current issues of human experience through a set of perspectives. Each Bethany student will complete an interdisciplinary trail with courses in a variety of different disciplines and instructors outside of a student’s intended major. The collection of courses addresses areas of knowledge and methods of thinking traditionally associated with a liberal arts education. The intention is to have the students gain experiences in community and civic engagement, creativity and expression, and problem-solving and natural engagement. Each course in the program would be designed to have an interdisciplinary orientation and each course will consider the other perspectives of the program.
Bethany’s Interdisciplinary Trails will enable students to:
Analyze an important set of issues within a global context;
Make insightful connections across disciplines and perspectives;
Draw conclusions by combining examples, facts, theories or methodologies from three different academic divisions (humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences);
Communicate in different modes and across disciplinary divides;
Apply creative approaches to problem-solving and self-directed study.
Each Bethany student will complete an Interdisciplinary Trail, which includes courses in a variety of different disciplines and instructors. The Interdisciplinary Trail includes a combination of courses that has a minimum of 18 credits with a maximum 20 (to account for labs). Two courses (a total of 6 credits) from each of the three divisions of programs (Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences) must be included. Students may select from the faculty-designed Interdisciplinary Trails or a student may coordinate with their advisor to design their own trail. If one is designing their own trail, it must be proposed and approved prior to the end of a student’s sophomore year.
Faculty-designed Interdisciplinary Trails will be introduced in the Fall of 2022.