What alumni say
I’ve worked with a lot of different students here who come from various undergraduate institutes that were more or less specialized. I am glad I came from a diverse background. There’s always time to specialize and that’s what graduate education does for you. Had I come from a specific undergraduate discipline, I would have missed out on a lot of other interesting things, whether music or literature or digital media. Read more…
David Showalter, a biochemistry graduate and fourth-year PhD student at The Ohio State University, is studying the physiological and biochemical defense mechanisms associated with resistance in ash species to the emerald ash borer, an invasive species that has destroyed millions of trees in North America.
Liberal Arts Studies at EMU
A liberal arts education at EMU emphasizes reading, writing, thinking and human relations with in the context of a university steeped in the peace tradition of the Mennonite church.
Investing in a liberal arts education at a small Christian university will prepare you for life. Rigorous academics, mentoring relationships with professors, a network of life-long friends and ethical character development are all worth more than just a diploma. EMU graduates are favored by grad schools, sought after by employers and prepared with skills for a lifetime. A number of factors make the difference.
What do liberal arts majors do?
- Participate in cross-cultural study to develop global awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures.
- Learn about care for God’s creation and be challenged to live sustainably.
- Pursue a concentration in an academic discipline while exploring ideas and and concepts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.
- Collaborate with an academic advisor in creating an individualized program of study. Students generally concentrate on a field of study – like history or English – rather than an occupational field.
How do you know if it’s the right fit for you?
This major works for you if you:
- know where you want to go but want to get there in your own way
- have summer jobs or internships that establish experience on your resume
- define yourself through unique personal attributes rather than depending on a college major for identity
- are more concerned with ideas, concepts and thought processes than with products, services and day-to-day operations.
- have chosen to delay a career decision, opting to experience education before focusing on a vocation and committing their energies to it.
Liberal arts is also a popular choice for those who will enter the elementary education sequence because of the opportunity to learn about a wide range of subjects.
- December 18th, 2014
Elementary grade enrollment is the fastest growing cohort in Harrisonburg City Public Schools, leading the division to create a new position to handle instructional needs. The person filling that post, Waterman Elementary School Principal Jeremy Weaver, will have a big job ahead. In January, Weaver will become the first executive director of elementary education for …More
Plant pathologist crowdfunds research to combat the emerald ash borer and work towards saving North American ash treesNovember 12th, 2014
When David Showalter decided to focus on plant pathology, he didn’t anticipate he’d ever mount an online donation campaign to support his research. But Showalter, a 2009 biochemistry graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, is writing press releases, explaining collected data, and producing video segments in efforts to capture the attention of potential donors to his …More