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Reconciliation Studies

As you grow in your faith as reconcilers in a broken world, co-partner with others to nurture compassion, love, and justice for the common good.

Jesus calls us to be reconcilers, peacemakers, and advocates in a broken and divided world (Matthew 5:9). The reconciliation studies program prepares students to faithfully and intellectually follow this call to honor the dignity and worth of all people as image-bearers of God.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Reconciliation Studies Major Minor

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Expanding Your Horizons

Bethel’s Reconciliation Studies Program is a rich, interactive community of students and faculty who focus on seeking social justice and becoming world citizens. We focus on diversity, conflict mediation, social justice, and reconciliation theology. 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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Program Highlights

Incredible Experiences

Like many majors at Bethel, reconciliation studies majors take off for a semester to study abroad in Asia, Africa, Central America, Europe, and more. Living in other countries is a great way to understand the unique ways we can learn from and reconcile with those who think and live differently from us.

Bethel's Cultural Connection Center

The Cultural Connection Center is dedicated to nurturing a sense of belonging, promoting healthy dialogue about diversity, and providing educational opportunities that strengthen the multicultural fabric of the university.

You'll take classes like:

  • Introduction to Reconciliation Studies
  • Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership
  • Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Our Multicultural World
  • The Power of Story and Reconciliation
  • Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, & Reconciliation
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills
  • European American Experiences, Whiteness, and Reconciliation
  • The Power of Story and Reconciliation
  • Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership

Diverse faculty

You’ll learn from professors who bring real experience to the classroom and are experts in their field. They are culturally competent instructors who integrate Christian principles and cultural experiences into their courses. Classes are typically small, allowing for individual attention and mentorship.

You'll be prepared to be a reconciler in the world

Practical experiences enhance students’ ability to engage in mutual learning opportunities with the despised and the disinherited while breaking down walls of division and inequity in our world.


As a reconciliation studies major, you will:

  • Learn to engage with diverse communities and individuals
  • Examine and understand cultures
  • 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
  • Explore how contemplative practices can shape our relationships with God and others


Our graduates have jobs in these various fields:

  • Ministry
  • Education
  • Business
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Social work
  • The non-profit sector
  • Theatre

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