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Bethany College gives students the choice between a major in English education, a major in English, or a minor in English.

Through the English program, students master the skills of critical thinking and advanced writing techniques. Bethany also places heavy emphasis on community relations so students gain the skills necessary to be leaders in their fields as well as their communities.

Communication & Theatre

The mission of Bethany College Theatre and Communication is firmly rooted in the mission of the college: to challenge the students to perform the spoken word as a means of communication both clearly and artistically and to nurture in students a sense of confidence and responsibility in their communication art.

The purposes are:

To create an environment in which students are nurtured and challenged to seek and acquire knowledge broadly in the disciplines of Theatre, Communication, and Performance Studies.
To enable students to develop reading, writing, research, and critical thinking skills in those disciplines and beyond.
To allow students to hone their talents as performers, designers, directors, playwrights, speakers and communicators.
To enable students to understand the relationship between oral communication as performance and theatrical performance as communication.


English Teaching 6-12
Theatre and Communication




English Brochure
Communication Brochure
Theatre Brochure
Theatre Auditions

Kristin Van Tassel, Ph. D.

Chair of Communication, English & Theatre Professor of English
Office Presser Hall Lower Level, 9 Department of English Phone: 785.227.3380, x8129
Photo of Kristin Van Tassel , Ph. D.


Professor of English Kristin Van Tassel teaches classes in writing and American literature.

Her essays and poetry have been published in Alternet, Counterpunch, Mamazine, Transitions Abroad, Relief and World Hum, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her scholarly articles have appeared in American Studies, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and The Journal of Ecocriticism. Van Tassel has presented numerous papers at national literary conferences, including several for the Popular Culture and American Culture Conference and ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Van Tassel received her Ph.D. from the Department of English at the University of Kansas.  She holds an M.A. from the Department of English at California State University and a B.A. from the Department of Writing and Literature at George Fox University.

Van Tassel coordinates the honors program and serves on the Faculty Review Committee. She is professionally associated with the National Council of Teachers of English and Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.