Applied Social Sciences
Be a catalyst for social change
EMU’s department of applied social sciences offers majors in social work, peacebuilding and development, and environmental sustainability, equipping students to follow EMU’s mission and “witness faithfully, serve compassionately and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.”
Our students become catalysts for constructive social change, serving and leading all over the world. Our graduates are working hand-in-hand with children in the slums of Calcutta, effecting change in U.S. policy in Washington, D.C., and publishing scientific research with real-life applications.
Majors and minors
- August 7th, 2014
Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Aug. 7, where he renewed 13-year-old ties with Eastern Mennonite University and its Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). In a conversation-style talk at tables set for an intimate lunch, …More
Inspired by their peacebuilding mothers, two undergrads come alone from Kenya and meet each other at EMUJune 27th, 2014
Their neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya, were only 30 minutes apart. Yet these two students traveled more than 7,500 miles to meet for the first time at Eastern Mennonite University, where they discovered a closer connection than geographic proximity. At the end of her first EMU semester, Kaltuma Noorow had a casual conversation with Caleb Hinga, …More
- April 30th, 2014
The average junior in college is better known for ridiculous behavior or pulling all-nighters to finish a paper put off until the last minute, not running a successful business that employs fellow students. Everett Brubaker, though, is getting ready for the third summer of operating “BruCrew,” a self-proclaimed “community-driven workforce” of young men (and currently …More
- April 29th, 2014
A new campaign highlighting steps taken by institutions and local governments across Virginia to cut carbon emissions brought a crowd to Eastern Mennonite University for a panel discussion on the university’s sustainability initiatives. The Virginia Acts on Climate Campaign chose EMU because of its dedication to environmental sustainability, said Kate Addleson, program manager for the …More
Accelerated masters program
Beginning in fall 2013, an accelerated MA in conflict transformation will give students both a bachelors and master’s degree in conflict transformation through a five-year curriculum.