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, charismatic in our affections, and baptistic in our ecclesiology. 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 on 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.

Curriculum

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.

Don’t look for a building. Don’t look for a campus. Don’t look for a library. Don’t look for a location. Look for a faculty. That is my advice. —Chancellor John Piper

 

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.

Adjunct Faculty

The library is a non-lending study center with roughly 10,000 print volumes and is growing each year. Students can also access hundreds of thousands of ebooks and articles through the library’s databases. All the library’s resources can be found here, and the library staff is available to answer questions and help students with their research.

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

Fall 2020

  • Aug 3-7

    Greek Intensive (Req. for all Junior transfers & Yr. 1 Seminary)

  • Aug 17

    Evening Programs | New Student Orientation

  • Aug 19

    College | New Student Orientation

  • Aug 21

    Seminary | New Student Orientation

  • Aug 24

    Fall Classes Begin

  • Sept 7

    Labor Day (No classes)

  • Sept 8

    Last day to add or drop courses with no notation

  • October 9

    Last day to withdraw from courses

  • Oct 15-16

    Fall Break (No classes)

  • Nov 25-27

    Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

  • Dec 14-18

    Finals Week

  • Dec 18-Jan 17

    Christmas Break (No classes)

  • Jan 11-15

    Intensive Courses (Seminary & College)

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

  • Jan 18

    MLK Day: Offices Closed

  • Jan 25

    Spring Classes Begin

  • Feb 1

    Last day for sophomores to declare major and 2020 graduation application and fee due.

  • Feb 5

    Last day to add/drop a class

  • Feb 8

    Last day to withdraw from a class

  • Mar 22-26

    Spring Break (No Classes)

  • April 2

    Good Friday | No Classes

  • May 17-21

    Finals Week

  • May 21

    Commencement

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

  • May 24-28

    New Testament Modular Book Study (Seminary)

  • TBA

    The Gospel & Personal Evangelism (Seminary)

  • Aug 9-13

    Greek Intensive (Req. for Incoming Seminary)

Summer 2021