Who do you think you are?
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, a problem-solver, and a person.
Bethany was founded on March 2, 1840, and for more than 177 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 forms the mission of the 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. Once you visit our campus, you’re ours. History is all around you. 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. And when you want to venture beyond our 1,300-acre campus, America’s Most Livable City, Pittsburgh, is only a 50-minute drive away.
More than 90% of students live in spacious on-campus apartments, residential halls, or fraternity/sorority houses, which all 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 Conference (ECAC).
Bethany also offers more than 50 student organizations: scholastic and honorary, government, special interest, and departmental.
Greek organizations include Phi Kappa Tau, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Mu, Alpha Xi Delta, Alpha Sigma Phi, Zeta Tau Alpha, and Beta Theta Pi.
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
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 30 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 Biochemistry, Biology, and Biology Education)
• Chemistry (options for emphasis on Biochemistry, Chemistry Education, Forensic Chemistry, and Professional Chemistry)
• 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)
• Cybersecurity—Information Assurance
• Economics (options for emphasis on International Economics and Managerial Economics)
• Economics and Mathematics (dual major)
• Education (Elementary Education; Middle Childhood Education through individual department programs in the areas of English, General Science, 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 Studies, and Spanish)
• English (options for emphasis on Creative Writing, Education, Literature, and Writing and Language)
• Environmental Science (interdisciplinary)
• German Studies (interdisciplinary)
• International Business
• International Economics with Study Abroad (interdisciplinary)
• International Relations (interdisciplinary)
• Mathematics (options for emphasis on Mathematics, Mathematics-Actuarial Science, Mathematics-Computer Science, Mathematics-Economics, Mathematics Education, and Mathematics-Physics)
• Music Technology (interdisciplinary)
• Physical Education and Sports Studies (options for emphasis on Recreational and Athletic Programming, Sports Management, and Teaching Physical Education)
• Political Science
• Pre-engineering/Physical Science
• Psychology (options for emphasis on Human Services, Pre-occupational Therapy, Pre-physical Therapy, and Scientific Psychology)
• 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