Peace Studies at EMU
You want to be more like Jesus. EMU can be part of your journey. Faith, justice and peace perspectives are woven into all disciplines.
We equip students to transform lives and organizations with academic and in-the-field training. Our international network of alumni is focused on healing harms and building peace.
Core values such as awareness of other cultures, sustainability, community and peacebuilding are an important part of life at EMU, a Christian university in the Anabaptist-Mennonite peace church tradition.
Undergrad Peace Studies Majors Learn Real-World Skills
“I dream of peace being a way of life and practice. The EMU community was built on a dream. This community continues to drive and thrive on dreams… Come to the table and dream. Go out and let your dreams be so.”
- Chris Parks, EMU class of 2016
Peacebuilding and development students are equipped with practical skills and a portfolio of work experience by graduation. You’ll be trained to skillfully effect social change thanks to fieldwork with local initiatives, expert faculty mentors, and internships at social justice organizations such as Faith and Politics Institute and Amnesty International.
Environmental sustainability majors are also equipped to make change in the world. After a series of core courses, students choose between a scientific and social sustainability track. Each focuses in its own way on building peace with creation and understanding relationships.
Bible and religion students delve into Scripture, do spiritual formation work, and often find purpose in life as followers of Jesus; they are equipped to serve the common good close to home and around the world through non-violent peacebuilding and service. Bible grads are trained to serve in churches, service and community organizations, schools, and hospitals.
World-Renowned Graduate Programs in Peacebuilding and Trauma Resilience
“When you look at conflict and violence through a trauma lens, it gives people on the ground new perspective and new possibilities.”
– Elaine Zook Barge, director of STAR
EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding is considered one of the best peacebuilding programs in the world. Faculty are experts in their fields, and MA students collaborate with professional peacebuilders participating in these other well-known CJP programs:
- Summer Peacebuilding Institute: series of spring/summer trainings that draw hundreds of active peacebuilders from all over the globe
- Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resiliency (STAR): expert on-site trauma resilience workshops aimed at breaking the cycle of violence
- Transforming the Wounds of War seminars for community and religious leaders as they support the emotional and spiritual needs of veterans
- Alliance for Peacebuilding: promoting conflict prevention and peacebuilding in U.S. security policymaking
Peacebuilding Professors Are Active Experts in the Field
EMU faculty members are internationally respected in the peacebuilding field. Research professor Lisa Schirch is also the Alliance for Peacebuilding senior advisor for policy. Professor Howard Zehr is known globally as the “grandfather of restorative justice.”
Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee’s links to EMU began in 1998, when she received training in trauma healing from Lutheran church workers trained by CJP Professor Barry Hart. Gbowee went on to rehabilitate child soldiers and much more.
Network of Passionate Alumni
EMU alumni all over the globe work passionately to transform organizations and create people-to-people connections in their workplaces and in their own businesses, churches, communities, families and workplaces. Many work with organizations such as World Vision, Amnesty International, Oxfam, Mennonite Central Committee, and Heifer Project International. Read more in our alumni magazines…