Jesus calls us to be reconcilers, peacemakers, and advocates in a broken and divided world (Matthew 5:9). The reconciliation studies major prepares students to faithfully and intellectually follow this call.
Why should I study reconciliation studies?It truly is a small world after all. As globalization increases and the U.S. becomes more racially, religiously, and economically diverse, we now find ourselves interacting with people who are culturally different and have stories, joys, and challenges that are nothing like our own. Beyond that, we can now more easily see the ways in which the world is not as it should be—there is hunger, violence, racial discord, human trafficking, the oppression of women and girls, and more. When we take up the work of reconciliation, we journey toward reclaiming God's original plan for creation.
What can I do with this degree?
Our graduates go on to build careers as:
- Public service employees
- Nonprofit and NGO employees
- Public relations specialists
- Community and human service officers
- Ministers and missionaries
- Lawyers in law enforcement
- Public policy makers
- Healthcare researchers
- Community developers (domestic and international)
- Business people
What skills will I develop?
As a reconciliation studies major, you will:
- Become an expert on diversity
- Examine and understand culture
- Understand conflict mediation
- See the world from the viewpoint of the oppressed
- Learn to communicate cross-culturally
- Understand the biblical and theological basis for reconciliation and justice
- Complete a reconciliation practicum that will help you develop cross-cultural leadership skills
- Learn how to lead social change
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?Like many majors at Bethel, reconciliation studies majors take off for a semester or interim to study abroad in Africa, Central America, Europe, and more. Living in other countries is a great way to learn about other cultures and begin to understand the unique ways that we can reconcile with those who think and live differently from us. Bethel offers yearly trips to South Africa and the southern United States to help students develop cultural competence and understand how historical events like apartheid and the civil rights movement shape our world today.
0% of our majors study abroad
125-150 students in our majors
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How does the study of social systems intersect with Christian faith in our complex, fast-paced global society?
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 '12
Grad school: Talbot School of Theology (Biola University)
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 '13
Current job: 2nd grade teacher, Escuela Bilingue Amigos de Jesus
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 '09
Grad school: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
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 '12
Current job: Research Associate