History… the story of humankind

EMU is a Christian liberal arts college dedicated to Mennonite values of peacebuilding and service. We study history from a global viewpoint, one that highlights our need for one another. Study history with us, and we’ll analyze the human experience through a peace and justice lens.

History In Our Backyard

Our campus is only two hours from both Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, and Richmond, the Confederate capital. We’re also close to many other historic sites in history-rich Virginia, including the unique Museum of American Frontier Culture in nearby Staunton, many Civil War battlefields, and the National Park Service’s historic Sklyine Drive.

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Program News

  • WCSC spring

    Summer interns settle in at Washington Community Scholar’s Center

    June 15th, 2016

    Teresa Garcia-Bautista has a long list of summer goals while living at the Washington Community Scholar’s Center and working in Washington D.C. this summer. The first two are “meet the marginalized” and “make a difference,” which she does each weekday at Catholic Charities, helping to process refugee and asylum seekers, while improving her translation and …More

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    ‘Street Sense’ editorial intern helps provide a voice for the homeless in Washington D.C.

    May 23rd, 2016

    Homelessness wasn’t something Abby Hershberger was familiar with while growing up in Millersburg, Ohio, a town of about 3,500 residents. “It didn’t happen to people I knew,” she says. “It didn’t happen to my friends or family. I just wasn’t exposed to it.” During a spring semester at Eastern Mennonite University’s Washington Community Scholars’ Center, …More

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    Ten seniors honored with Cords of Distinction for their impact on campus and community

    May 2nd, 2016

    Ten graduating seniors were honored as Cords of Distinction recipients in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2016 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Faculty, staff and fellow students nominated the recipients, who were cited for their “significant and verifiable impact” on the university and on student life; for their contributions to developing the institution’s …More

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