Liberal Arts Studies at EMU
Liberal Arts to Oprah to tech start-ups
After graduation Jeff Boodie '07 landed a job with 'O, The Oprah Magazine.' Now he helps connect restaurant and retail employers with potential employees, through his tech startup JobSnap.
Liberals Arts to Harvard Law
Graduating with a liberal arts degree and a minor in pre-law, Karissa Sauder '10 wanted to challenge herself in the legal field but maintain a foundation of peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
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.