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Biblical reconciliation calls us to be reconcilers, peacemakers, redressers of injustice, and be vessels of love, service, and mutual healing in a broken and divided world. The reconciliation studies minor prepares students to 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, individuals, and more. When we take up the work of reconciliation, we journey toward reclaiming God's original plan and love for creation.

What can I do with this degree?

A reconciliation studies minor is a great option for students who want to engage our diverse world. Our minors go on to vocations 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
  • Educators
  • Editors
  • Environmental justice and stewardship practitioners
  • Artists
  • Cross-cultural communication specialists
  • Counselors

What skills will I develop?

As a reconciliation studies minor, you will learn how to:

  • Appreciate the knowledge and wisdom practices of diverse communities
  • See the world from the experiences and knowledge of the oppressed
  • Communicate across socio-economic, identity, and culture backgrounds
  • Understand the biblical and theological basis for reconciliation and justice-related issues
  • Advance social change

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Reconciliation Studies minors can implement the practices they have learned from diverse peoples in various settings. They can apply conflict and mediation skills to their relationships and social, cultural, interpersonal, work, and faith circles.