Who do you think you are?
You are what you think. And that’s what liberal arts at Bethany teaches you to do. A broad spectrum of courses and professors who are passionate will do that, each in their own way. So at the end of four years, you’ll have a pretty good idea of who you are as a thinker, problem solver, and person.
A small college of national distinction, Bethany was founded March 2, 1840, and for 175 years has been a highly contemporary institution based in the tradition of the liberal arts.
The College’s program of classical liberal arts education prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance. Central to this broad purpose is providing a liberal arts education for students, including the preparation of professionals, in an atmosphere of study, work, and service.
Bethany College is an academic community founded on the close interaction between students and faculty in the educational process. We have professors who love and respect what you do and are passionate about teaching and learning, which form the mission of Bethany College.
All students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete The Bethany Plan—a detailed academic and cocurricular program, focused on building skills employers seek and grounded in the liberal arts. Bethany has achieved national distinction as one of the few institutions requiring a Senior Capstone Project and written and oral Senior Comprehensive Exams. For more information on the Bethany Plan, visit bethanywv.edu/bethany-plan.
There was never a more glorious place to go to college. The rolling hillsides in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains never lose their beauty throughout the seasons. And when you want to venture beyond our 1,300-acre campus, Pittsburgh—America’s Most Livable City—is only a 50-minute drive away. The campus includes beautiful historic landmarks, modern well-equipped classrooms, spacious sports/recreational areas, indoor and outdoor theaters, art galleries, an equestrian center, a teaching greenhouse, and more.
More than 90% of students live in spacious on-campus apartments, residential halls, or fraternity/sorority houses, which include Internet and cable TV. Computer labs with Internet and library access, e-mail, digital media labs, rehearsal halls, research and language labs, The McCann Learning Center for academic support, and other amenities are provided.
Bethany College is dedicated to making a financial commitment to our students. If your desire is to receive a Bethany education, our financial aid office will do everything we can to make it affordable for you and your family.
The College awards scholarships based on academic performance, leadership capability, and other academic factors. Additionally, need-based aid is awarded to all eligible students in accordance with FAFSA results. Financial aid packages generally consist of loans, grants, scholarships, and student employment.
Bethany’s 22 varsity athletic teams (11 women’s and 11 men’s) compete in the NCAA Division III Presidents Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC).
Bethany also offers more than 50 student organizations: scholastic and honorary, government, special interest, and departmental.
The Stampede, Bethany College’s Marching Band, made its debut during the 2013 fall semester.
Greek organizations include Phi Kappa Tau, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Mu, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Sigma Phi, Zeta Tau Alpha, Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Nu.
Bethany affords you the quintessential small college life. Whether it’s the fraternity or sorority you join, the roommate you have, the team you play on, or the classes you take—you will have friends for life. You’re 50 minutes from Pittsburgh. You’re in a historic college town, and you can study abroad. Earn yourself some bragging rights and become part of a long lineage of successful alumni, a big extended family—in all fields of work and in all parts of the world.
Majors and Degrees Offered
The College offers a wide array of studies, awarding Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. Students may choose from more than 25 departmental and six interdisciplinary majors, many with options for emphasis. Students also have the option of including one or more of 35 optional minors as part of their programs.
• Biology (options for emphasis on Biology, Biochemistry, and Biology Education)
• Chemistry (options for emphasis on Professional Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemistry Education)
• Communications and Media Arts (options for emphasis on Digital Media and Production, Graphics, Integrated Media and Marketing, and Sports Communication)
• Computer Science
• Computer Science and Accounting (Dual Major)
• Economics (options for emphasis on Managerial Economics and International Economics)
• Economics and Mathematics (Dual Major)
• Education (Elementary Education; Middle Childhood Education through individual department programs in the areas of General Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Studies, and Spanish; Secondary Education through individual department programs in the areas of Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Psychology, Social Science, and Spanish; Education in a Non-school Setting)
• English (options for emphasis on Creative Writing, Education, Literature, and Writing and Language)
• Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary)
• Equine Studies (options for emphasis on Equine Management and Pre-veterinary Medicine)
• International Economics with Study Abroad (Interdisciplinary)
• International Relations (Interdisciplinary)
• Mathematics (options for emphasis on Mathematics, Mathematics-Economics, Mathematics-Physics, Mathematics-Computer Science, Mathematics-Actuarial Science, and Mathematics Education)
• Music Technology (Interdisciplinary)
• Physical Education and Sports Studies (options for emphasis on Sports Management, Recreational and Athletic Programming, and Teaching Physical Education)
• Political Science
• Pre-engineering/Physical Science
• Psychology (options for emphasis on Scientific Psychology, Human Services, Pre-physical Therapy, and Pre-occupational Therapy)
• Psychology and Education (Interdisciplinary)
• Psychology and Social Work (Dual Major)
• Psychology, Religion, and Culture (Interdisciplinary)
• Religious Studies
• Social Work
• Theatre (options for emphasis on Performance and Technical Theatre)
• Visual Art
• Pre-occupational Therapy
• Pre-physical Therapy