Mrs. Sheri Popp, chair, Mr. Ben Brown, Mr. Tim Iverson, Miss Megan Von Bergen, Mr. Arthur Manning, Dr. James Van Dine
To equip learners with the foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be productive contributors to society.
General Education (a component of each academic program)
One of the purposes for higher education is the broadening and deepening of a person’s understanding of the world. Emmaus not only acknowledges this but embraces it since we subscribe to the view that “all truth is God’s truth.” Students at Emmaus Bible College are required, in addition to their major area of study, to participate in a program of general education that is designed to provide the knowledge and learning experiences preparatory to the assumption of their role as productive, educated citizens.
The complexity of the modern world demands that an educated person have a variety of skills and understandings to function successfully. The General Education program at Emmaus contributes to this by adding a dimension of breadth to the education of all of our graduates regardless of program. Here students have the opportunity to acquire the general knowledge, skills, dispositions, and insights required of educated persons in contemporary society. This is accomplished through a General Education program that includes coursework in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and inter-area studies. A uniform set of core studies are required of each degree graduate. These are supplemented with additional requirements that vary depending on the academic major the student pursues. Therefore, Emmaus Bible College does not assert that there is a uniform set of course work that imparts a common set of knowledge to all students in all programs. Rather we subscribe to the position that, within the guidelines of each program, the General Education course work is of sufficient breadth and depth to allow graduates to acquire the characteristics of educated persons.
In addition to the more traditional general studies curriculum, each Emmaus student, as part of the General Education component of his or her education, will complete coursework in Inter-area studies. These courses facilitate the integration of General Education knowledge and skills with the academic majors and allow students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in other settings. Courses include Transitions Seminar, Chapel, Servant Leader Training, and Senior Seminar. The service component of an Emmaus education provides students the opportunity to practice their skills, apply their knowledge, and exercise their dispositions for the benefit of others.
The college requires that an amount of General Education coursework appropriate to the specific certificate or degree is present in all programs regardless of major or program emphasis. All bachelor degree graduates complete between 40-45 credits of General Education coursework.
Degree-seeking students must earn a minimum grade of C- in English Composition (ENG 101), or equivalent in the case of transfer students, to pass this course. Ordinarily, the course will be completed within the student’s initial 30 credit hours at Emmaus. Course withdrawal is rarely granted, and only when a formal request with written documentation of extreme hardship is provided to the VP/Dean for Academic Affairs.
Students with transfer, AP, or CLEP credits in English Composition who score below 75 on the English placement exam (or below 80 for Teacher Education majors) will be required to register for the Writing Seminar (1 credit; Pass/Fail) each semester until they achieve a Pass (P).
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