At EMU, we learn to lead together. Our expert faculty will be your mentors as you explore your field through coursework, internships, research and intercultural study. You’ll experience teamwork, service, environmental conservation, faith-in-action, and diverse perspectives from faculty and your fellow students. EMU is a place where rigorous academics meet collaboration and community, where you'll prepare for a career in a rapidly changing and challenging world.
You will be prepared for success through excellent academic work, faculty who care about you and your goals, and hands-on experiences in your field.
More than a diploma
Our world is complex, and the most successful people have a broad understanding of people, relationships, places, processes and systems. In our liberal arts core curriculum, you will learn about the world and how things connect.
Most degrees have an element of hands-on experience integrated into the requirements. Research, internships, practicums and job shadowing are part of the curriculum.
Cross-cultural study prepares you for our diverse and complex world by giving you an opportunity to learn from others with different life experiences.
Liberal arts education prepares you for more than just a job. It prepares you for life. You’ll learn art, history, science, religion, communication skills and critical thinking and apply these to the field of your choice. Unique co-curriculars like convocation and the academic and creative excellence festival will prepare you to listen and communicate complex ideas to others.
The most successful employees and leaders can work with diverse people, understand complex ideas and communicate effectively. Our core curriculum and intercultural requirements will help you develop these important skills.
EMU Core Outline (Gen Eds)
- Communication (5 SH and writing intensive courses)
- Intercultural Learning (8-9 SH plus a community learning designated course)
- Critical Thinking (1 course in each of the following subjects: creative arts, history, literature, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and a senior seminar)
- Christian Faith (8 SH)
See the university catalog for full description of the EMU core and all degree programs.
Each year, we choose a book to read together as a campus. EMU’s Common Read helps us to enter into discussions about issues and ideas through a grounding text and in classroom discussions, convocations, and intellectual life activities. Books and topics are chosen to help us shape the conversation around EMU's core values.
2021-22 Common Read - Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
This year’s Common Read selection at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau, 2014), in which Stevenson tells the story of one of his first cases as a young attorney with the Southern Prisoners Defense Committee, an organization based in Atlanta that assisted condemned people on death row. It was adapted into the multi-award-winning movie by the same name, which starred Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx. Learn more.