Academics

The aim of education is not preparing someone for a particular job but preparing someone to be a certain kind of person.

Skills are, of course, vital—but one look at contemporary corporate culture demonstrates the danger of brilliance without backbone. Any education that is worth its salt does more than just fill a person’s head with knowledge or equip them with skills to be a widget-maker, it prepares them to be clear thinkers who love truth, goodness, and beauty, and who can articulate these realities in speech and writing. But, even now, very few universities pursue those things with the foundation that was common to the earliest and best universities—that there is a ‘unity’ that holds together the ‘diversity’ in the university. That unity is the One through whom and by whom all things were created (Col. 1:15–17) and the one for whom all of our educational pursuits exist.

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Theological Vision

Bethlehem College & Seminary is a confessional institution that embraces the
doctrinal beliefs set forth in the Bethlehem College & Seminary Affirmation of Faith. We joyfully embrace the historic Christian teaching on the Trinity and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ as set forth in the Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds. We are reformed in our soteriology and charismatic in our affections. We hold all of our theological positions in submission to God’s inerrant and infallible Word.

Habits Of Mind and Heart

Truly well-educated people have the habits of mind and heart to go on learning what they need to learn to live in a Christ-exalting way for the rest of their lives—in whatever sphere of life they pursue.

These habits apply to all objects in the world, but most importantly the Bible.

  • to observe subject matter accurately and thoroughly
  • to understand clearly what you have observed
  • to evaluate fairly what you understood by deciding what is true and valuable
  • to feel intensely according to the value of what you have evaluated
  • to apply wisely and helpfully in life what you understand and feel to express in speech and writing and deeds what you have seen, understood, felt and applied in such a way that its clarity, truth, and value can be known and enjoyed by others

Socratic Methodology

It is our conviction that adults learn best through asking questions and solving problems. Thus, we seek to limit the amount of direct lectures in our programs and instead utilize Socratic discussions that will provoke deeper reflection the course material. In addition, interactive discussions require students to develop key interpersonal and relational skills such as humility, tact, and patience.

Cost Effective

We believe that one of the biggest obstacles facing college graduates is the amount of debt accumulated in gaining a quality education. We will not contribute much to the advancement of the Kingdom if we produce godly theologians, passionate missionaries, and faithful leaders who are saddled with so much debt that they cannot effectively pursue their ministry callings until they have paid off  their loans. Therefore, we seek to provide the highest quality education at the most affordable price. To this end, we are working hard to  find ways to fund our operations outside of student tuition. We are always seeking generous partners who will help us to establish a healthy endowment so that we can launch students into fruitful, God-centered service without the shackles of college debt.

Bethlehem College & Seminary is fundamentally committed to the coherence of all knowledge in Jesus Christ. Arising from this commitment is the belief that students learn best when they are guided by capable instructors through a systematic body of knowledge. Thus, we believe our students are best served by carefully structured programs comprised of courses which intentionally and logically build on one another rather than a haphazard conglomeration of courses which have little discernible connection to one another. For a complete consideration of the curriculum, please consult the Bethlehem College & Seminary Academic Catalog.

Our faculty and administration are bound together under the Bethlehem College & Seminary Affirmation of Faith and share a common theological and educational vision. All faculty members are committed to instructing the minds, influencing the affections, and shaping the lives of the students under our care.

The library is a non-lending study center with roughly 6,000 volumes and is growing each year. The library staff is available to answer questions and help students with their research. The entire catalog of resources found in our library can be accessed by students here, and library hours can be found here.

All of our program details and academic policies are to be found in our Academic Catalog. Download the PDF version—it’s optimized for reading on your iPad.

FALL SEMESTER

  • Aug 19

    New Student Orientation

  • Aug 22

    First day of class

  • Sept 5

    Last day to add or drop courses with no notation

    Labor Day (No classes)

  • Oct 13–14

    Fall Break (No classes)

  • Oct 14

    Last day to withdraw from courses

  • Nov 23–27

    Thanksgiving Break (No classes)

  • Dec 12–16

    Finals Week

  • Dec 19–Jan 8

    Christmas Break (No classes)

  • Jan 9–13

    Intensive Courses (Seminary & College)

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Jan 16

    Intensive Courses (Seminary & College)

  • Jan 17

    First day of class (all)

  • Jan 30–Feb 1

    Bethlehem Conference for Pastors + Church Leaders (No classes)

  • Feb 1

    Last day to add or drop courses with no notation

    Last day to declare major (College sophomores) / Commencement application and fee due

  • Feb 2–3

    No Classes

  • Mar 6

    Last day to drop a course with a "W" notation

  • Mar 20–24

    Spring Break (No classes)

  • May 15–19

    Finals Week

  • May 19

    Bethlehem College & Seminary Commencement

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • May 22–26

    Intensive Courses (Seminary & College)

  • May 29–Jun 2

    The Gospel & Personal Evangelism (Seminary, College)

  • Jun 5–9

    God-Centered Spirituality (Seminary Yr 3/Yr 4; Th.M)

  • Aug 7–11

    Beginning Greek Intensive (Junior transers & Yr 1 Sem)

  • Aug 14–17

    Foundations of Interpretation (HOI Yr 3 students)