Eastern Mennonite University

Introduction

About EMU

An EMU education helps students discover their purpose in life and prepare to make a difference for the common good both at home and around the world. EMU’s rigorous academics emphasize one-on-one relationships with professors, cross-cultural awareness, care for creation, and service to others. EMU offers undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs from a Mennonite Anabaptist perspective in a gorgeous setting in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Students take courses at our main campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia; at our Lancaster, Pennsylvania site; online, and across the globe through our well-known cross-cultural program. skyview

Just the Right Size

EMU is small enough that you can easily get to know classmates and faculty in various programs. Professors are mentors who know you personally and advise you 1:1. You can get involved in a variety of activities like theater, Student Government Association, campus ministry, intramural or intercollegiate sports, music, and choir. All of these provide opportunities to learn more about yourself and develop valuable experiences for your future resume.

Liberal Arts

As an undergraduate student, whatever your major, you will benefit from the value of a liberal arts education. Employers and graduate schools appreciate applicants with a liberal arts education foundation because they are well-rounded critical thinkers and problem solvers who have had wide exposure to issues and ideas from across disciplines and society.

Life After Graduation

EMUGRAD EMU graduates earn more than a degree – they discover their purpose in life and lead the organizations they serve the common good. EMU alumni are successful business people, reflective practitioners, and professionals. Thousands have had a significant impact on international service agencies such as Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Disaster Service in addition to other denominationally-based and secular service programs. EMU alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Leymah began her journey at EMU with our world-renown Summer Peacebuilding Institute and went on to earn a master in conflict transformation. Nearly 90% of EMU grads who responded to alumni surveys found work in their field of study within a year of graduation. Employers hire EMU graduates at all levels because of their strong morals and values, respect for others, desire to make a difference, communication and critical thinking skills, and self-confidence. Learn more about undergraduate success after graduation.

What is a Mennonite?

Not familiar with Mennonites? Mennonites belong to the historic peace churches. Many EMU students come from a Mennonite faith tradition, but the majority of EMU students come from other faith traditions. Dozens of religious groups are represented on campus from all over the world. That diversity allows for cross-cultural encounters on campus and in the classrooms.

Virginia and Pennsylvania

EMU has a main campus and a site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, offers classes in off-site locations in both Pennsylvania and Virginia, and offers many classes (and two degrees) online. Whether you’re at our beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley (Harrisonburg, VA) – close to two national forests and Shenandoah National Park – in our thriving classrooms in Lancaster, PA, or at a church in Philadelphia, you’ll notice the hospitality and community that is so important to EMU.

EMU Believes

EMU’s shared core values are at the heart of a Christian university like no other. Our undergraduate, graduate, seminary and other programs prepare students to serve and lead globally.

Global Community and Cross-cultural Awareness

We live in an increasingly connected world. Here, we ask ourselves how our choices affect others across the globe. Our well-known cross-cultural program – over three decades old – is one of the strongest cross-cultural study programs in the country. It is part of what makes EMU a Christian university like no other. Cross-cultural study – always with veteran faculty and staff – is a requirement for EMU students. Some participate in three-week programs in the local community or greater North America. Some spend a semester in urban Washington, D.C., participating in exciting internships. Others spend a semester in another part of the world, often the Middle East, Central and East Asia, Latin America, or Africa. When you’ve traveled to Central America, visited the coffee bean fields, and stayed with the struggling farmers, you begin to grasp the big picture. Or when your cross-cultural studies take you to the South African township of Soweto to learn about the history and lingering impact of apartheid first-hand, your sense of empathy is deepened, along with your understanding of our inter-connected world.

Sustainability and Stewardship

EMU was practicing sustainability long before “green” became trendy. Our energy efficient buildings are some of the best performing college facilities in the country. Our solar array on the Hartzler Library roof was the largest solar installation in the state of Virginia when it was installed in 2010. Our campus garden provides produce for the dining hall; compostable waste from the dining hall feeds the garden. Sustainability is woven into the curriculum on many levels.

Faith and Fellowship

EMUFRIENDS Faith is important at EMU. We’re all journeying together – though we may take different paths – toward deepening our faith, learning how we might live out that faith day to day, and reaching academic and professional goals. About a third of the undergraduate student body is Mennonite. Dozens of denominations and faith traditions, and more than 30 nationalities, are all part of the EMU family. Some of of the ways undergraduate students connect to Christ on campus include: chapels throughout the week, Sunday evening celebrations, worship through music, Bible studies in residence halls, and prayer partners willing to support you throughout your year. Other students enjoy being part of a network of adult learners who share similar values and goals.

Service to Others

Reaching out to others is important. At EMU, you’ll participate in community service and maybe even find it life changing. Many alumni do voluntary service for a year or more after graduation, or even for a lifetime through church ministry and in other service professions. CAMPUS2

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Bachelor's in Biology/Biochemistry

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg

If you’re interested in biology, you’re interested in life. Humans, animals, forests, streams and soil … these are subjects of concern and fascination. [+]

Studies in Biology at EMU

If you’re interested in biology, you’re interested in life. Humans, animals, forests, streams and soil … these are subjects of concern and fascination.

At EMU you’ll work side by side with others who share your interest as you conduct experiments, analyze data, study diagrams, debate issues and take field trips. Biology students have the privilege of working with faculty on research projects in biology.

Recent examples of student research include projects on the genetics of aging, the impact of a high salt diet on hypertension, the organic production of blueberries, and methods of tracking coconut rhinoceros beetles to their breeding sites.... [-]


Bachelor's in Business Administration/International Business

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

At EMU we prepare you to be successful, to promote the common good and to be an active leader in today’s marketplace. Our professors will help you increase your business knowledge, learn important hands-on skills, and develop a values-based approach to business and management. [+]

Business and Economics Business Administration Major

At EMU we prepare you to be successful, to promote the common good and to be an active leader in today’s marketplace. Our professors will help you increase your business knowledge, learn important hands-on skills, and develop a values-based approach to business and management.

Our graduates understand the value of people in business, and know how important meeting economic need is to the state of the world and the peacebuilding process. We’re committed to excellence, ethics and social justice, and we encourage study across disciplines, a focus on sustainability, and the development of a global perspective. At EMU you’ll:

study in a cross-cultural setting consider sustainability and stewardship in decision-making collaborate on original research with faculty with industry experience put your classroom learning to use in off campus internships learn to work effectively in teams and hone communication and financial skills learn from professors who’ve lived and worked internationally ... [-]

Bachelor's in Chemistry

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

EMU’s chemistry and biochemistry programs provide a solid foundation in four major areas of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry. [+]

Chemistry Program at EMU

EMU’s chemistry and biochemistry programs provide a solid foundation in four major areas of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry.

Examples of research projects of chemistry students and faculty at EMU are varied but have two things in common: creation care and chemistry for the common good. Students who work on a project for more than one summer typically see it through to completion and share their findings in scientific journals.

Over the past 10 years, more than 90% of EMU students who completed EMU’s pre-medical program were accepted into medical school, compared to the national average of 49%.

Globally aware scientists ... [-]

Bachelor's in Computer Science

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

EMU’s computer science program seeks to produce skilled computing professionals with a respect for the cultural and social impact of computing technologies in our modern global community. [+]

Computer Science

EMU’s computer science program seeks to produce skilled computing professionals with a respect for the cultural and social impact of computing technologies in our modern global community.

The entire curriculum is designed to meet the ACM 2013 Curriculum guidelines. The department is working with the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals to offer one of two possible certifications upon completion of either degree and successful completion of the CS2013 exam. Students who score 50% or higher on both parts of the exam qualify for the ICCP Certified Computer Science Associate credential. Students who score 70% or higher qualify for the ICCP Certified Computer Scientist – mastery level.... [-]


Bachelor's in Engineering

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster

Our expert faculty take the practical study of engineering and provide a top-rate technical education within a Christian liberal arts context. [+]

Engineering Studies: Computer and Mechanical

Our expert faculty take the practical study of engineering and provide a top-rate technical education within a Christian liberal arts context.

In this program, rigorous academics and advanced problem-solving converge with values such as sustainability and cross-cultural awareness. EMU STEM graduates often feel more prepared for graduate school or jobs than their counterparts from larger institutions.

Engineering Facilities

EMU is completing a $4 million renovation of the Suter Science Center, which will house a rapid prototyping lab with 3-D printers, computer design lab; engineering support lab, and spaces for faculty/student collaboration to support engineering and other STEM programs.... [-]


Bachelor's in Environmental Sustainability

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

At EMU, you’ll receive a top-notch scientific education thanks to professors who are experts in their fields and our well-rounded, interdisciplinary learning approach. It’s part of what makes EMU a Christian university like no other. [+]

Environmental Sustainability Major

At EMU, you’ll receive a top-notch scientific education thanks to professors who are experts in their fields and our well-rounded, interdisciplinary learning approach. It’s part of what makes EMU a Christian university like no other.

Environmental sustainability majors learn to truly grasp the nature of environmental research and issues by taking courses in a variety of disciplines. Biology, sociology and peacebuilding professors work closely together on environmental sustainability courses that weave forward-thinking sustainability practices with issues of international and community development and conservation.

At the same time, students get a more in-depth education in one field by choosing a science or a social sustainability track within the environmental sustainability major.... [-]


Bachelor's in History and Social Science

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

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… 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.... [-]


Bachelor's in Peacebuilding & Development

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

Join a campus where peace and justice are a big part of conversation across disciplines. Choose to major in peacebuilding and development and you’ll dig deep into the complexities of working for social change. Program professors have lived internationally and are committed to work for justice at home and around the world. [+]

Peacebuilding and Development Major

Join a campus where peace and justice are a big part of conversation across disciplines. Choose to major in peacebuilding and development and you’ll dig deep into the complexities of working for social change. Program professors have lived internationally and are committed to work for justice at home and around the world.

EMU’s undergraduate major is uniquely enriched by the presence of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding on campus which draws peace practitioners from around the world.

A major in peacebuilding and development consists of 52-54 SH.

The peacebuilding and development major prepares students for professional practice in the fields of peacebuilding and international and community development. It focuses on understanding and promoting constructive social change toward peace, justice, and well-being for people in situations affected by conflict, poverty, and inequality.... [-]


Bachelor's in Philosophy/Theology

Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

EMU Bible and religion students delve deep into Scripture, do their own spiritual formation work, and find their purpose in life as followers of Jesus; they become equipped to serve the common good close to home and around the world. [+]

Bible and Religion at EMU

EMU Bible and religion students delve deep into Scripture, do their own spiritual formation work, and find their purpose in life as followers of Jesus; they become equipped to serve the common good close to home and around the world.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to attend seminary or graduate studies, or begin immediately to serve in churches, service organizations, schools, hospitals, and community organizations. You will develop self awareness and skills to make a difference through a commitment to Anabaptist Mennonite values of cross-cultural understanding, care for creation, non-violent peacebuilding and service to others as Jesus modelled.

Hands-On Learning and Exploration ... [-]

Bachelor in Digital Media

Campus Full time 50 hours September 2018 USA Harrisonburg Lancaster + 1 more

The digital media major focuses on the intersection of the internet, digital video, audio and photography within an increasing array of delivery systems. [+]

The Visual and Communication Arts Department (VACA) offers majors in studio art, art education, communication, digital media and photography. These majors prepare students to pursue professional jobs in a variety of careers and to pursue graduate work in an array of programs.

Our majors prepare students to move comfortably from the studio, to the gallery, to the field and to the screen in their creative activities. Curious about the vocational possibilities for EMU alums? Visit our VACA careers page..

Majors and Minors Art major and art education endorsement

Prepares students who will pursue professional art-related careers, independent art work and graduate work in art. The art major offers a variety of studio arts options after students finish a core curriculum.... [-]


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