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
- September 10th, 2014
In a “State of Education” supplement published with its October 2014 issue, Virginia Living magazine listed Eastern Mennonite University among its picks for the top colleges and high schools in the state. The magazine mentioned several graduate peacebuilding programs offered by EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and grouped EMU with 11 other four-year universities …More
Faculty dismayed by Israel’s bulldozing of trees on West Bank farm owned by Palestinian graduate’s familySeptember 2nd, 2014
A large boulder rests beside the dirt road at the entrance to the Nassar family farm southwest of Bethlehem. On it the following phrase is written, in English, German and Arabic: “We refuse to be enemies.” It is a motto that has been put to the test over and over, most recently in May when …More
Wildlife Federation backs interdisciplinary work – science, digital media, peacebuilding – on stream restorationOctober 22nd, 2014
A $200,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Federation will give science, peacebuilding and digital media students at Eastern Mennonite University opportunity to work together on a stream restoration project in a rural community about 30 miles from campus. The main goal of the two-year grant is to improve water quality along 17 miles …More
- October 2nd, 2014
Reprinted with slight edits from the student-produced Weather Vane, Oct. 2, 2014. Written by first-year student Harrison Horst. Engineers for a Sustainable World, referred to by its members as ESW, is only a year old, and though it has already achieved significant results, still has not been heard of by the majority of the EMU …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.