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Jesus calls us to be reconcilers, peacemakers, and advocates in a broken and divided world (Matthew 5:9). The reconciliation studies minor 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?

A reconciliation studies minor is a great option for students who want to engage our culturally diverse world. Our minors go on to vocations in:

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

What skills will I develop?

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

  • Examine and understand culture
  • See the world from the viewpoint of the oppressed
  • Communicate cross-culturally
  • Understand the biblical and theological basis for reconciliation and justice
  • Lead 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?

Like many students at Bethel, reconciliation studies minors often 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 competece and understand how historical events like apartheid and the civil rights movement shape our world today.

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