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.
Poverty simulation, set up by Virginia Cooperative Extension, challenges students with ‘real-life’ choicesNovember 16th, 2015
“We started out in a bad situation, and nothing got better … I tried to go to work,” said the unmarried father of a one-year-old. Despite working full-time, he was unable to pay the mortgage and utilities, leading to eviction. Suddenly the father found himself, his girlfriend, and his child in a homeless shelter. He …More
Contingent of EMU educators to present at annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in HarrisonburgOctober 6th, 2015
As peace and justice studies educators from around the country converge on James Madison University for the Oct. 15-17 Peace and Justice Studies Conference, a large contingent of faculty and alumni of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) are in final preparations. Professor Catherine Barnes offers a keynote address and more than 20 Eastern Mennonite University other …More