Anthropology & Sociology

Anthropology, Sociology, and Reconciliation Studies

The Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Reconciliation Studies thoroughly integrates the methods and theories of anthropology and sociology in the study of social and cultural life. This approach prepares students to live and serve in our complex multicultural world of rapid urbanization, diverse religious voices, political conflict, and a widening gap between the haves and have-nots. Students are encouraged to use the tools of the social sciences to meet these challenges in the light of an informed Christian faith.

Department News: The Moberg conference "Reconciliation in a Global Society: Pursuing Authenticity, Engagement, and Action" was held at Bethel February 19-20, 2010. The 2009 and 2010 sessions are available as mp3 files.

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Bethel's distinctives

  • Interdisciplinary perspective. Bethel is the only Christian university to offer sociology, anthropology, and reconciliation studies in a single department
  • Excellent faculty. All hold doctorates, have real world experience in mission, urban development, and/or living cross-culturally, and are committed to teaching and mentoring students
  • Special focus in cross-cultural mission, urban studies, and preparation for graduate school
  • Great location. Our students make the most of our suburban location with two large U.S. cities within five miles
  • Bethel offers a major and minor in reconciliation studies


More information about the program (course descriptions and major requirements).