Academics Like No Other

We’ve got the same programs the big schools offer, but our small class size and liberal arts focus gives professors the opportunity to mentor you 1:1. Faculty work with students like you to shape your college experience with unique courses and in-the-field practicums and internships.

They collaborate with you on PhD-level research, challenge you to lead fellow students to international recognition. Then they’ll join you for a cup of joe at the student coffeehouse.

The value of a liberal arts education

what alumni say

EMU was the best school experience I ever had. The professors, classes, classmates…all of it. Their philosophy on education is amazing….My professors at EMU inspired me to dream and sparked that entrepreneurial spirit in me.”

– Osvaldo Blackaller ’07, San Diego restaurateur

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.

Here’s Eugene Stoltzfus, a founding member of Rosetta Stone, on the value of a liberal arts education during a 2013 edition of Virginia Insight. (Eugene is a 1972 psychology grad of EMU who is now an architect. He earned his architecture degree at Virginia Tech.)

“What I want is an engineer or scientist who has a liberal arts education. It goes beyond technical knowledge into critical thinking. My brother-in-law, who wrote the initial Rosetta Stone program, was fluent in two languages. His ability to understand language learning and think creatively made him a fantastic programmer. The liberal arts background of all involved made Rosetta Stone into something no one predicted. We were thinking ‘outside of the box.’ That kind of confidence is fostered by liberal arts education.”

Study in another culture

Cross-culturalMany EMU professors have lived in a cross-cultural setting, most for decades. That experience and insight informs their leadership and teaching in the classroom and when around the world.

Majors are built around a core liberal arts curriculum. Study in another culture is a requirement, and EMU’s cross-cultural program, which students say is “life-changing,” has been going strong for 30 years.

Students earn credit while living in fascinating places with local host families, connecting with nearby communities to offer service. They’re led by experienced professors who travel with their families. Alumni say it is one of the best parts about EMU!

Some travel abroad to Africa, Asia, Central America or Europe, while others choose closer locations, like Washington D.C., a Native reservation in the American Southwest, the U.S./Mexico border, or the glaciers of Newfoundland.

See majors and minors Learn about cross-cultural study