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, Spiritual Formation/Christian Service Learning, 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.
The General Education program is planned and presented to assist graduates to:1. Develop effective written communication skills. 2. Develop effective oral communication skills. 3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the integration of Christian theology and worldview with other academic disciplines. 4. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current technology. 5. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles. 6. Recognize the enriching contributions of history, literature, and the arts to the world's rich cultural and social diversity. 7. Develop the ability to make moral and ethical judgments based on biblical truth. 8. Develop an increased sense of personal and social responsibility.
The Emmaus faculty considers the following outcomes essential to the success of each Emmaus student:
Introductory courses in writing, speech, Christian worldview/philosophy are required of each Emmaus student. Although these basic courses provide a foundation, it is the recurrent use of skills that enables a student to acquire proficiency.Intentional, continued practice in these essential skills occurs throughout the General Education curriculum and within each major. The Emmaus Essential Skills are assessed across the curriculum.
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