General Studies

Emmaus students studying in the library

General Education. Christian Worldview.

Students will learn and develop critical thinking skills (reading, writing, evaluation, etc.) in a series of general studies classes similar to what they would take at any other institution, with the chief exception that these courses will be taught from and in demonstration of a biblical worldview. In other words, history is "His" Story. Science is a method that teaches us to stand in awe of the God who made all things. Mastering the arts of reading, writing, and speaking are meant to not only train us to be successful in life, but more importantly to be able to understand, know, and share about God's world and will.

Why Emmaus?

Emmaus general studies programs will be taught distinctly and intentionally from a Christian worldview.

  • Professors in the program are passionate about their content not only as an avenue for learning content, but as a means of growing to know Jesus more
  • Care will be taken to demonstrate both Christian and secular perspectives on a variety of topics in order to prepare students to engage humbly and effectively in secular and/or Christian occupations
  • Simply put, taking a general studies course at Emmaus should meet all of the requirements of a secular institution, yet with the added bonus of helping learners to know their Savior better.

Are you interested in completing your general studies education from a Christian worldview? Our general studies program will demonstrate how God is the centerpiece of math, science, history, and English. We seek to broaden and deepen your understanding of the world and equip you with the foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be a productive contributor to society.

General Studies Graduates

Emmaus students in math class

Featured General Studies Courses

Western Civilizations 1 and 2
Learn the history of Western society from a Christian perspective. How "great" was Alexander the Great? How does Jesus fit into history? Were the Middle Ages really "dark"? What lessons can we learn from the "Little Emperor" Napoleon Bonaparte? How do we respond when history just doesn't seem to make sense? This is just a sampling of some of the questions that will be discussed in these courses.

Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the study and appreciation of literature. In the first weeks, students will study basic interpretation skills; they will then draw on these skills and master them as we read a variety of literary texts, grouped by topic

Explore the General Studies Programs


The Associate of Arts in General Studies can be used as a bridge to many different academic programs and career opportunities. Some examples are:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Project Coordinator
  • Bank Teller
  • Office Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Director
  • Park Guide
  • Museum Curator


What's Next?

Educating and equipping learners to impact the world for Christ.

 2570 Asbury Road
   Dubuque, IA 52001

 (563) 588-8000