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Liberal Arts Studies at EMU


A liberal arts education at EMU emphasizes reading, writing, thinking and human relations within 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.