It truly is a small world after all. As globalization increases, we have more opportunities to befriend and collaborate with diverse people. Plus, as 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.
Why should I study reconciliation studies?
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.
What can I do with this degree?
- Public service employees
- Nonprofit and NGOs 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?
- 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 countries in Africa, Central America, and more. Being onsite 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. Plus, Bethel provides yearly trips to South Africa and the southern United States to help students understand issues like apartheid and the civil rights movement to develop cultural competence and understanding of how these historical events shape our world today.