Major in Reconciliation Studies (B.A.)
RES 201Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3
RES 305Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills3
RES 340ZPrinciples and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
RES 499Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4
THE 326GChristian Theology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America3
Choose one of the following research methods courses:4
Qualitative Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods
Choose one of the following identity, systems & reconciliation courses:3
The Redevelopment of Central City Neighborhoods
Introduction to Gender Studies
Social Psychology
Modern Middle East
Choose one of the following race and reconciliation courses:3
Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Our Multicultural World
European American Experiences, Whiteness, and Reconciliation
Reconciliation in a Racialized Society
Choose one of the following arts and reconciliation courses:3
Hip-Hop, The Spoken Word, and Reconciliation
The Power of Story and Reconciliation
Choose one of the following off-campus program options:14-16
Guatemala Term (spring - 15 credits)
HECUA USA Term (fall, spring - 14-16 credits)
Middle East Studies Program of the CCCU (fall, spring - 16 credits)
Northern Ireland Term at Ulster University (fall, spring - 14-16 credits)
Creation Care Study Program in Kaikoura, New Zealand (fall, spring - 14-16 credits)
New Zealand is Culture and the Environment: A Shared Future (fall, spring 16 credits)
Major *44-46
General Education49-50
Electives26-29
Total Credits122

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B.A. in Reconciliation Studies 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT (Fall Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4Elective 3BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3 Mathematics (M) course 3
Second Language (S) course1 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
  Electives 6
 14 3 17
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3Elective 3THE 201 Christian Theology3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 3
Electives 6 Electives 6
 16 3 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Study Abroad Choice: 14-16Elective 3RES 340Z Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
HECUA USA Term (fall, spring) - 14-16 credits  BIB 308J Biblical Theology of Reconciliation3
Middle East Studies Program of the CCUU (fall, spring) - 16 credits  Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
Northern Ireland Term at Ulster University (fall, spring) - 14-16 credits  Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
 14-16 3 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 499 Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4Interim Off Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
THE 326G Christian Theology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3 Electives 6
Elective 3  
 13 0 12
Total Credits 123-125

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Reconciliation Studies 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities (Fall Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4 Mathematics (M) course 3
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
Second Language (S) course1 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
  Electives 6
 14 4 18
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3Elective RES 305 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills3
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 3
Electives 6 Electives 6
 16 0 15
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
Study Abroad Choice: 14-16Elective 3RES 340Z Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
HECUA USA Term (fall, spring) - 14-16 credits  BIB 308J Biblical Theology of Reconciliation3
Middle East Studies Program of the CCUU (fall, spring) - 16 credits  Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
Northern Ireland Term at Ulster University (fall, spring) - 14-16 credits  Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3
 14-16 3 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 499 Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4Interim Off Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
THE 326G Christian Theology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3 Electives 6
Elective 3  
 13 0 12
Total Credits 122-124

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Reconciliation Studies 2018-2019: Option 1 - CWILT (Spring Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 130 Christianity Western Culture4Elective 3BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3
Second Language (S) course1 4 GES 125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Mathematics (M) course 3
GES 160 Inquiry Seminar3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Elective 3 Elective 3
 17 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3Elective 3THE 201 Christian Theology3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 3
Elective 4 Elective 4
 14 3 13
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 305 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills3Elective 3Study Abroad Choice: 16
BIB 308J Biblical Theology of Reconciliation3 Guatamala Term (spring) - 15 credits
THE 326G Christian Theology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America3 HECUA USA Term (fall, spring) - 14-15 credits
Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3 Middle East Studies Program of the CCCU (fall, spring) - 16 credits
Elective 3 Northern Ireland Term at Ulster University (fall, spring) - 14-16 credits
 15 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 499 Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4Interim Off RES 340Z Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3 Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
 13 0 13
Total Credits 124

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Reconciliation Studies 2018-2019: Option 2 - Humanities (Spring Abroad)

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES 145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4GES 147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4GES 244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES 140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Mathematics (M) course 3
BIB 101 Introduction to the Bible3 Laboratory Science (D) course 4
Second Language (S) course1 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
  Elective 3
 14 4 15
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3Elective 3RES 340Z Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
GES 246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
World Cultures (U) 3 Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
Elective 3 Electives 6
 13 3 13-16
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIB 308J Biblical Theology of Reconciliation3Elective 3Study Abroad Choice: 16
THE 326G Christian Theology in Africa, Asia, and Latin America3 Guatemala Term (spring)- 15 credits
Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3 HECUA USA Term (fall, spring)- 14-16 credits
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 Middle East Studies Program of the CCUU (fall, spring) - 16 credits
Elective 3 Northern Ireland Term at Ulster University (fall, spring) - 14-16 credits
 15 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES 499 Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4Interim Off RES 340Z Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3 Reconciliation Studies "choose from" 3
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
 13 0 13
Total Credits 122-125

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

RES 201 • Introduction to Reconciliation Studies. 3 Credits.

Overview of theory and literature in the field, contributing factors leading to the need for reconciliation in our world, and paradigms for reconciliation praxis. Biblically based principles and processes for moving toward societal reconciliation. Cultural and religious diversity, conflict resolution, spiritual disciplines, social and economic justice issues (racism, sexism, classism), and related subjects are covered.
Offered: Fall, spring.

RES 207U • Fannie Lou Hamer, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Our Multicultural World. 3 Credits.

Compares and contrasts the lives and messages of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X with an application to the present world situation. Each leader is examined within the context of African-American culture and religion, the broader cultural diversity of the United States, and the rest of the world.
Prerequisites: GES 130 (may be taken concurrently) or GES 244 (may be taken concurrently). Offered: Fall, Spring.

RES 215L • European American Experiences, Whiteness, and Reconciliation. 3 Credits.

Explores how family history and upbringing influence understanding of whiteness. Since ideological constructions of whiteness are linked to various injustices confronting people of color, students will wrestle with how to adopt practices within the spirit of reconciliation that break down walls of division for the greater good.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Offered: Fall.

RES 220A • Hip-Hop, The Spoken Word, and Reconciliation. 3 Credits.

Engages Hip-Hop and the spoken word as our modern-day Psalms: raw, uncompromising, challenging, confrontational, and confessional. Explores how a conversation among Hip-Hop, the spoken word, and biblical stories cultivate a relationship with God as transparent as the Psalms and Jesus' own relationship with his Father.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Offered: Spring.

RES 305 • Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills. 3 Credits.

Provides practical peacemaking and reconciliation skills relevant to helping Christians resolve conflict in a healthy, balanced way. Focus on using experiential learning to develop negotiation and mediation skills.
Prerequisites: RES 201. Offered: Fall, spring

RES 320 • The Power of Story and Reconciliation. 3 Credits.

Explores complex stories that can nurture cultural humility and empathy. Includes readings of creative and biblical narratives with emphasis on listening deeply to others' experiences. Confronts a world divided by difference and explores how stories can foster understanding between peoples.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Offered: Fall.

RES 340Z • Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership. 4 Credits.

Grounded in a cross-cultural experience, focuses on practical principles and methods for intercultural visioning, administration, training, and communication for cross-cultural work. Emphasizes developing intercultural competencies needed for collaborative and mutually beneficial outcomes in diverse environments (e.g., mission or ministry; profit and not-for-profit; governmental or agency work).
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior Standing or permission of the instructor. Offered: Spring.

RES 481 • Internship in Reconciliation Studies. 3-4 Credits.

Practical learning experience to apply understanding and skills of reconciliation studies in a real-world setting.
Prerequisites: RES 201; major in reconciliation studies; junior or senior standing. Offered: Spring

RES 499 • Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies. 4 Credits.

Prepares students to use the lenses of Christ-centered biblical “reconciliation” theology, critical thinking, multicultural perspectives, social change analysis, and conflict resolution skills for leadership in the work of reconciliation in society. Students study theoretical underpinnings of reconciliation studies and leadership models of reconciliation practice.
Prerequisites: RES 201; Senior standing. Offered: Fall.

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University