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Earn College Credit In High School

Bethany’s dual credit courses offer high school students great savings in time and money by providing concurrent enrollment in high school and college through online classes taught by Bethany Lutheran College faculty. High school students take college courses that can be accessed at any time during their high school day or in the convenience of their home.

Dual credit courses are one semester long (concurrent with the Bethany academic calendar) and are normally priced at $380 per credit. However, students that attend a Bethany Advantage Partner School are eligible for the Bethany Advantage Grant* allowing qualified high school students to take courses at just $75 per credit.

Students taking courses through the Bethany Advantage Grant program who then enroll as full-time students at Bethany after high school are eligible to have the entire amount paid for those courses credited towards their tuition cost during the first semester of full-time attendance. This credit will appear in the form of a tuition scholarship, making the net cost of the courses taken through the Bethany Advantage Grant program $0.

*Minnesota PSEO students may enroll in the dual credit courses but are not eligible for the Bethany Advantage Grant.

High Schools: If you are interested in offering a class through one of your on-site instructors, contact us about the Bethany Endorsed Instructor option.

2019-2020 Important Dates

Fall Semester
Aug. 20–Dec. 13
Registration is open
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Spring Semester
Jan. 6–May 7
Registration opens
Dec. 2
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How to Apply


1. Complete the Bethany Lutheran College application form online.

2. Have an official copy of your high school transcript sent to Bethany Lutheran College.


3. Print out and complete the Online Learner Contract (.pdf). A parent or guardian must sign the form.

4. Give the completed Online Learner Contract to your Academic Advisor or Guidance Counselor.

Questions about Dual Credit?

Common Questions about Dual Credit

In dual credit courses at Bethany Lutheran College students learn from professors who are experts in their fields and who believe that the Bible is the true word of God. Bethany professors teach their subjects from Christ-centered perspectives.

There are many practical reasons to take college courses while in high school. Dual credit courses at BLC are a great way to:

  • explore college programs
  • save money on college tuition
  • enrich your future college experience by freeing up credits so you can comfortably participate in athletics, spend a semester studying in another country, or work an internship
  • prove your ability to succeed in a college course

As a new student you need to complete the electronic online application, print and complete the Online Learner Contract, and have a copy of your high school transcripts sent to Bethany Lutheran College by mail or e-mail from your high school guidance office.

Once you have been accepted, you will receive course registration instructions in an e-mail from Bethany. You can choose your courses online after registration opens using the “Student” tab in MyBLC.

Returning students need to complete a new Online Learner Contract including signatures from a parent and high school counselor.

Once the Online Learner Contract has been sent by mail or e-mail, and after registration opens, you can choose your courses online using the “Student” tab in MyBLC.

After you register for an online course, a bill will be mailed to the address entered on your Bethany application. Dual credit students must pay for their online courses before the first day of class (or the payment date noted on the bill). Failure to pay by the deadline will result in a dropped registration.

No. Dual credit courses are college courses, so they are deeper and faster-paced compared to high school courses. Students in dual credit courses are expected to read college textbooks, write complete and thoughtful paragraphs and essays, collaborate with other college students, take rigorous quizzes and exams, and work independently to complete work by due dates.

Bethany Lutheran College awards credit for courses completed with a grade of C or above. However, not all courses will apply for all types of degrees. For example, credits earned in the Audio/Video Production course will not be applicable toward a degree in nursing. can help identify which courses are appropriate for specific degree programs.

Bethany Lutheran College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, therefore many colleges will accept credits from BLC dual credit courses. However, other colleges may have their own policies regarding the minimum grade necessary to earn credit for a dual credit course, they may only accept certain courses, or they may not accept any college credits earned in high school. You must check with an admissions counselor from the college you plan to attend to be sure that credits earned in Bethany dual credit courses will transfer.

Different high schools and colleges handle dual credit grades in different ways. Some high schools only accept certain courses for high school credit, and may apply special weighting to dual credit course grades. Check with your high school guidance counselor to see which courses you are able to take and how they will impact your GPA.

If you attend Bethany Lutheran College the grades you earn in your dual credit courses will apply to your college GPA. If you plan to attend a different college, you must check with an advisor at that college about whether grades from dual credit courses will count toward your college GPA.

When students who are U.S. citizens take a dual credit course, a form 1098-T is automatically generated so the tuition can be claimed as their families complete their taxes. This tax form must be sent to the student and cannot be sent to a high school. Consequently, if you are a U.S. citizen your family must pay for the online course, not your high school. If your high school usually pays tuition for online courses, check to see whether you can be reimbursed.

If you are an international student who is not a resident of the U.S., because you will not receive any U.S. tax forms your high school is allowed to pay for your tuition.

Yes. Dual credit courses should be taken by responsible students who are ready for the high expectations of college courses. If you do not exert the effort required to succeed in an online course and you earn a low grade, that low grade will be a part of your permanent college transcript that colleges will see when evaluating your application for admission. If you withdraw from a dual credit course before you receive a grade, a “W” will be recorded on your BLC transcript.

It might. If you take several dual credit courses and then withdraw from the courses, or if you earn grades too low to earn college credit, the credits for those courses still count as credits attempted but not completed. At Bethany, students must successfully complete at least 67% of the credits they attempt to be eligible for financial aid.

It can happen, but only if you take the wrong kinds of dual credit courses in high school. This is particularly problematic if you decide to change your major during college. A typical Bethany degree requires around 128 credits of coursework, but students may take some extra courses of interest that do not apply to their majors and still receive financial aid for those courses. At Bethany, if students take over 192 credits of coursework, they can lose financial aid eligibility. Most students will not approach this maximum, but students who change majors usually need to take more credits of coursework to complete the new requirements. If you already took several high school dual credit courses that do not apply to your major, you may exceed the financial aid maximum.

Most of the dual credit online courses offered by Bethany Lutheran College are general education courses – courses that are required for all majors. Even if you change your major in college, general education courses transfer to the new program because they still apply. While it is beneficial to explore areas that interest you by taking courses in specific programs (i.e. Audio/Video Production or Criminal Deviance and Justice), it is safest to earn general education credits that apply to any program (i.e. Intro to Theatre, College Writing, or College Algebra). Please contact  for help identifying which courses are most appropriate for you.

High School Dual Credit Courses

For all courses, including those not eligible for high school dual credit, please see our full course catalog.

Fundamentals of Speech (COMM 111) – 3 credits | SPRING 

Course Description: Study of the verbal communication process. An introductory course in the principles of public speaking and language awareness. Includes the delivery of several types of speeches as well as opportunities to evaluate speeches and speaking styles. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Mass Media (COMM 240) – 3 credits | FALL; SPRING 

Course Description: Through study of the nature, functions, and responsibilities of the various print and electronic media, students are encouraged toward intelligent appraisal of the contributions and effects of mass media on the individuals and on our culture. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Programming I (COMS 103) – 3 credits | FALL 

Course Description: Introductory course for computer science majors and minors in programming using a high-level language. The emphasis is on problem solving, designing, writing, and executing structured programs. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Programming II (COMS 104) – 3 credits | SPRING 

Course Description: A continuation of COMS103. Advanced programming topics include searching, sorting, data structures, and object-oriented concepts. Prerequisite: COMS103

Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 203) – 3 credits | SUMMER; FALL; SPRING 

Course Description: Theories of economic fluctuation, income determination, international trade, and economic growth are introduced. Additional topics include the role of the banking system in the economy and monetary and fiscal policies for economic stabilization. View syllabus here .

College Writing I (ENGL 110) – 3 credits | SUMMER; FALL; SPRING 

Course Description: Through a variety of writing assignments and activities, successful students of ENGL 110 will learn to generate ideas, experiment with ways to express them, and craft their thinking on paper into effective, reader-based prose both for academic and creative settings. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Fiction (ENGL 205) – 3 credits | SPRING 

Course Description: This course introduces literary terminology most commonly used in discussing and writing about short stories and novels. British and American literature is selected from the 19th-21st centuries. Emphasis is placed on relationships between authors’ lives and their fiction, as well as individual works of fiction that have influenced other authors’ fiction. Cultural literacy is also addressed, with a focus on the research of literary allusions. View syllabus here.

American Literature I (ENGL 211) – 3 credits | FALL 

Course Description: Readings in American literature from the colonial period to the Civil War: poetry, philosophy, novel, short story, and other prose are read and discussed; historical, social, and cultural contexts are considered in relation to the primary texts. Special attention will be given to major literary movements of the period. View syllabus here.

American Literature II (ENGL 212) – 3 credits | SPRING 

Course Description: Readings in American literature from the post-Civil War period to the present day: drama, novel, short story, and other prose are read and discussed; historical, social, and cultural contexts are considered in relation to the primary texts. Special attention will be given to major literary movements of the period.

History of USA I (HIST 207) – 3 credits | SUMMER; FALL

Course Description: This course surveys the history of the United States from its Native American and European colonial roots through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Topics include the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, and the Sectional Crisis. View syllabus here.

History of USA II (HIST 208) – 3 credits | SPRING

Course Description: This course surveys the history of the United States from the late 19th century to the present day. Topics include the Indian Wars, Immigration, Progressive Era Reform, the Great Depression and New Deal, the World Wars, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the War on Terrorism. View syllabus here.

Nutrition (HLTH 201) – 3 credits | SPRING

Course Description: The scientific study of nutritional needs throughout the life span; includes interaction and function of nutrients in metabolic processes and examines dietary choices related to behavior and health.

Audio/Video Production (MART 297) – 3 credits | SPRING

Course Description: Students learn and practice camera techniques, lighting schemes, audio design, and interviewing and writing skills in the process of scripting and creating media productions in the studio and field.

College Algebra (MATH 111) – 4 credits | FALL

Course Description: A study of functions, starting with the definition and focusing on the use of functions in all forms to model the real world. Includes comparing linear and nonlinear functions, transforming functions, looking at polynomial and rational functions globally and locally, models of growth and decline of systems and equations. (Students need to be proficient in mathematical thought and reasoning developed through the student of polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, functions and graphing.) View syllabus here.

Introduction to Statistics (MATH 120) – 3 credits | SPRING 

Course Description: Beginning statistical theory and practice are introduced through topics of data collection, sampling techniques, organization and presentation of data, measurement of central tendency, probability concepts, discrete and continuous probability distributions, statistical estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, linear regression and analysis of variance. View syllabus here.

Music Appreciation (MUSIC 102) – 3 credits | SUMMER; FALL; SPRING

Course Description: Introduction to music as artistic expression. No musical background necessary for this course. View syllabus here.

American Government (PLSC 105) – 3 credits | SUMMER; FALL; SPRING

Course Description: Introduces the student to the American system of government, and to foster an understanding of and appreciation for the Constitution of the United States. Review how federal institutions function and the management thereof, the role and function of the state, regional and local units of government, and a glimpse of political campaigns and elections. View syllabus here.

General Psychology (PSYC 110) – 4 credits | SUMMER; FALL; SPRING

Course Description: Provides an overview of the major concepts of psychology viewed through contrasting perspectives and gives students a general knowledge base pertaining to the field. A wide range of topics are covered, including: biological influences, learning and memory, development, social factors, abnormal behavior, and therapy. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of psychology to everyday life and faith. View syllabus here.

Introduction to Sociology (SOCL 101) – 3 credits | FALL

Course Description: This foundational class examines the structure of social groups and analyzes social interaction. Emphasis is given to sociological theories and methodologies, which help understand and explain human group behavior.

Criminal Deviance and Justice (SOCL 240) – 3 credits | SUMMER; SPRING 

Course Description: Criminal deviance and the social and legal process of defining and punishment are examined. Topics include crime types, criminal careers, theories of crime causation, and an introduction to crime control systems. View syllabus here.

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