Bethel Adds New Major in Growing Field
The Institutional Actions Council of the Commission on Higher Education (HLC), Bethel’s accreditation body, has approved the college’s request to begin a Bachelor of Science in Software Development, which is expected to begin in August 2022.
âThe major is the natural extension of a history of effective computer science education at Bethel,â said Robert Milliman, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
The program was developed by the faculty of Bethel, in consultation with a group of former experts in computer-related fields.
âThe new major in software development will prepare students for careers in [an area] which is experiencing phenomenal growth in the region and across the country, âcontinued Milliman.
“The Bethel degree will give students a competitive advantage derived from a liberal arts background.”
âOur new program is the product of more than two years of planning and careful consideration of the needs and interests of students as well as the employment and educational opportunities that our program could offer,â said Dwight Krehbiel, Ph .D., Professor of Bethel. emeritus in psychology and current director of the software development program.
âThe program will offer a major designed to provide the skills necessary to enter a job market that is expected to grow by more than 20% in Kansas and nationally over a 10-year period,â he added.
âDuring this period, salaries are also expected to increase so that software developers are among the highest paid professionals in IT and information technology. “
The major in software development will include courses in graphical user interfaces, web application development and programming languages, as well as software design and development.
There will also be a minor for students seeking to acquire software skills applicable to their major, and a postgraduate track to prepare those who wish to pursue advanced studies in computer science.
Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for its academic excellence, Bethel ranks 14th in the Washington Monthly list of “Best Bachelor Colleges” and # 26 in American News and World Report, Best Regional Colleges Midwest, and won its third five-star NAIA Champions of Character Gold Award, based on student service and academic achievement, all for 2020-2021; is Zippia.com’s top-ranked small college in Kansas with the highest-paying graduates; has the # 10 RN-to-BSN program in Kansas according to RNtoBSN.com; and is # 57 among 829 colleges and universities in the United States named by lendEDU.com as “Best for Financial Aid,” as well as No. 23 “Safest College Cities in the United States,” ranked by lendEDU .com for 2020-2021. For more information see www.bethelks.edu