One of the purposes for higher education is the broadening and deepening of a person’s understanding of the world. At Emmaus, this is accomplished not only through a student’s major course of study, but also through participation in a program of general studies. The program provides the student with the knowledge and learning experiences necessary for their roles as productive, educated citizens.
To equip learners with the foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be productive contributors to society.
General Education Philosophy
Emmaus Bible College graduates should possess the general knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to successfully function in contemporary society. This is accomplished through general studies coursework in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Emmaus Bible College has a variety of General Studies course requirements for the academic programs offered and affirms that individual students should be allowed, within program guidelines, to make personal, elective choices in their programs of study. Therefore, we do 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 Studies course work is of sufficient breadth to allow graduates to acquire the characteristics of educated persons. A broad goal of the general studies program is to expose students to the arts and sciences and promote appreciation for their aesthetic worth and their role in shaping the worldview(s) and values of a culture.
Each student, as part of the general studies component of his/her education, will complete coursework in inter-area studies. These courses facilitate the integration of general studies with the academic majors and allow students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom in other settings. Courses include Transitions, 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 studies course work appropriate to the certificate or degree is present in all programs regardless of major or program emphasis. All four-year degree graduates complete at least 36 credits of general studies coursework.
The student will achieve the following outcomes:
- Write effectively with precision and detail to communicate the intended message.
- Understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles.
- Use current technology for educational and work-related purposes.
- Compose and deliver speeches which clearly and effectively communicate the intended message.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills through integration of Christian theology and worldview with other academic disciplines.
- Identify informational needs, search effectively for resources, evaluate sources and ethically integrate information to accomplish academic goals.