Bethel University

Bethel began as a seminary for Swedish Baptist immigrants in 1871 and in 1914 combined with a secondary academy, which later became a junior college. In 1947, the addition of a four-year liberal arts college created Bethel College & Seminary.

The institution reorganized as Bethel University in 2004 to reflect its broad scope of programs. Bethel is sponsored by the churches of the Baptist General Conference. The institution maintains alliances with many other evangelical organizations and churches.

Bethel University provides exceptional Christian higher education by integrating a broad choice of strong academic programs with a vital spiritual life and purpose. Approximately 5,600 students are enrolled in nearly 100 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs through the College of Arts & Sciences, Bethel Seminary, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, and the Graduate School.

St. Paul

United States

3900 Bethel Drive
Phone: 651.638.6400

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Our Aims

Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We prepare graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.

This has been our calling since we were founded as a seminary for Swedish immigrants in 1871, and throughout our history as a seminary, institute, academy, junior college, and most recently, as Bethel College & Seminary.

Now renamed and reorganized as Bethel University, we are committed to being a world-class Christian university preparing women and men to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.

As a university, Bethel is positioned to carry out this vision as never before. To Christians around the world who seek the finest preparation for work and witness, the name "Bethel University" better conveys our broad scope of faith-based undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. In addition, an efficient governance structure improves our ability to serve speciali...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

Bethel University is located on a 231-acre lakeside campus of wooded, rolling hills in Arden Hills, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. The campus has easy access to freeways, and to the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area.  

Department and information about the department

The Department of Visual Arts serves a valued role both in the cultural growth of the college community and in a student's preparation in the visual arts as an undergraduate major. Three types of students are encouraged to counsel with the art faculty: those who seek to pursue a visual studies program as a central integrating element in their liberal arts education, those who wish to pursue a studio arts program in preparation for graduate or professional studies, and/or those who wish to pursue a major in art education leading to certification.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

Art Degrees

Major in Art (Studio Emphasis) (B.A.)
Major in Art (Art History Emphasis) (B.A.)
Major in Visual Arts Education K-12 (B.A.)
Minor in Art (Studio Emphasis)
Minor in Art (Art History Emphasis)  

Information For  International Students  


Student Life

College life is an incredible time of growth in the life of every student. We believe that during the college years students should grow as balanced persons emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically and culturally. Student Life programs and activities are designed with student growth in mind.  


The Bethel University College of Arts & Sciences residence program is an integral part of the educational mission. The intent of a liberal arts education is to help individuals develop their full potential in all areas of life. We understand that learning opportunities take place outside of the classroom as well as within, that student involvement in a broad range of experiences benefits their education and growth as whole persons. In this light, the residence program provides more than a place to sleep and study. It is in the residences that social, spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual life blends together as in no other campus environment.  

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