Major in Reconciliation Studies (B.A.)
RES201Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3
RES305Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills3
RES499Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4
SOC340ZPrinciples and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
BIB308JBiblical Theology of Reconciliation 13
THE326GChristian 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
Introduction to Gender Studies
Social Psychology
A Biblical Theology of Poverty
Modern Middle East
Choose one of the following race and reconciliation courses:3
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)
Major47-49
General Education49-50
Electives26-29
Total Credits122-128
1

 This course meets a General Education requirement.

2

 Students must meet the requirements for study abroad program participation.

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B.A. in Reconciliation Studies 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4Electives 3BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3
Second Language (S) course1 4 GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Choose from elective 4
GES160 Inquiry Seminar3 Electives 3
 14 3 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3Electives 3THE201 Christian Theology3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Mathematics (M) course 3
World Cultures (U) course 3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
Electives 4 SOC340Z Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
  Choose from gender reconciliation elective (L) course 3
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 14 3 14-17
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES305 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills3Electives 3Study Abroad Choice: 16
BIB308J Biblical Theology of Reconciliation3 Guatamala Term (spring) - 15 credits
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 HECUA USA Term (fall, spring) - 14-15 credits
Choose from elective 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
RES499 Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4Interim Off RES481 Internship in Reconciliation Studies3-4
Electives 6 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3 Choose from elective 3
Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3 Electives 4
 13-16 0 13-14
Total Credits: 122-129
1

 Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

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 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Choose from electives 4
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 Elective 6
Second Language (S) course1 4  
 14 4 14
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES201 Introduction to Reconciliation Studies3Elective 3SOC340Z Principles and Methods of Intercultural Leadership4
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4 Mathematics (M) course 3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) Course 1
World Cultures (U) 3 Choose from elective 3
  Elective 3
  Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3
 14 3 14-17
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES305 Conflict Resolution and Mediation Skills3Elective 3Study Abroad Choice: 16
BIB308J Biblical Theology of Reconciliation3 Guatemala Term (spring)- 15 credits
Comparative Systems (G) course 3 HECUA USA Term (fall, spring)- 14-16 credits
Choose from elective 3 Middle East Studies Program of the CCUU (fall, spring) - 16 credits
  Northern Ireland Term at Ulster University (fall, spring) - 14-16 credits
 12 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
RES499 Senior Seminar in Reconciliation Studies4Interim Off RES481 Internship in Reconciliation Studies3-4
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3 Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3
Choose from elective 3 Electives 9
Elective 3  
Cross Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 13-16 0 15-16
Total Credits: 122-129
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

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.)

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