About the Bible and Religion program at EMU

Our exciting curriculum

The Bible and religion department offers unique and challenging courses in the following areas:

This is a comprehensive list. These courses are not offered every semester or even every year.

Explore ministry: Ministry Inquiry Program

The Ministry Inquiry Program is an exciting opportunity of the Mennonite Church USA for college-aged young adults to explore pastoral ministry. The program offers the opportunity to experience firsthand what ministry is and to test your own gifts and sense of call. Participants work under the supervision of a pastor and are involved in many aspects of a minister’s life and work. Effort is made to place you in the congregation or congregational setting of your choice — urban, rural, large or small.

Make a difference: Peace Oratorical Contest

The annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest offers students an opportunity to discuss peacebuilding and social justice issues on campus. The intercollegiate competition is administered by the Peace and Justice Ministries of Mennonite Central Committee. Undergraduate students from every Mennonite and Brethren in Christ college in North America are eligible to participate.

Connections to seminary

EMU also has a seminary that connects with undergrads in the following ways:

  • Bible and religion majors and minors can take elective credits at the seminary
  • Bible and religion majors can fill language requirements in seminary courses like Hebrew
  • Seminary students provide spiritual direction to undergrads
  • Seminary students intern with campus ministries and work with residence life as res hall directors
  • Some scholarships are available to Bible and religion majors to continue their education in seminary