The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, & Reconciliation Studies prepares graduates to make a difference in the world. You’ll explore social and cultural life to understand complex community issues and learn how to respond through an informed Christian faith.
|Cross-cultural Mission Minor||Minor|
|Third World Studies||Major|
Bethel is the only Christian university that integrates sociology, anthropology, and reconciliation studies in a single department—bringing a depth to our programs unmatched anywhere else. We’re a rich, interactive community of students and faculty with a focus on seeking social justice and becoming world citizens. Our unique reconciliation studies major focuses on diversity, conflict mediation, social justice, and reconciliation theology. Our sociologists and anthropologists investigate key issues of urban life, social and economic development, criminology, and social justice from a rigorous social science and Christian perspective. And to make these ideas come to life, you’ll have opportunities for cross-cultural experiences in real communities through off-campus programs. It's about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
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The entire department holds a strong commitment to social justice at global, national, institutional, and community levels.
Our unique reconciliation studies major focuses on diversity, conflict mediation, social justice, and reconciliation theology to prepare you to bring healing to the challenges of a diverse world.
Our professors have worked in missions, urban development, or cross-cultural placements and see it as a priority to provide students with rich mentoring relationships as they pursue their career goals.
You’ll practice what you’re learning by engaging with diverse communities and organizations outside the classroom, including NGOs, businesses, communities, governmental organizations, and many other settings.
Professors will work closely with you on research projects and help you publish your results in professional journals and present at conferences, including reconciliation conferences held at Bethel.
Bethel students live in intentional Christian community in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul to learn about the city and experience urban life.
Bethel's Christ-centered values coupled with academic excellence must not be overlooked. My professors were personal with students while spiritually and intellectually challenging. My degree has wide applications and is uniquely equipping me in long-lasting ways for my M.Div. training.–Jessica Garske
My experience was great preparation for living abroad after graduation. I learned the value of cultural exchange and the importance of examining my own privilege as I interact with people of different backgrounds.–Benjamin Umhoefer
My professors at Bethel were not only influential during my time as a student, but they remain voices of inspiration, encouragement, and guidance fiver years later. Their friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my education at Bethel.–Maren Telsey
The faculty taught me to think critically, interrogate social phenomenon, and apply my learning for improving communities. I was prepared professionally and academically from the immense academic, intellectual, and personal support from faculty, with whom I developed lasting friendships.–Ryan Steel
Our students prepare for professional careers in nonprofit, for profit, public service, and ministry settings. They prepare to better understand culture and to engage the world in causes of justice and fairness.
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