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General Education Department

Mrs. Sheri Popp, chair, Mr. Ben Brown, Mr. Tim Iverson, Miss Megan Von Bergen, Mr. Arthur Manning, Dr. James Van Dine

Department Mission

To equip learners with the foundational knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be productive contributors to society.

Program of Study

General Education (a component of each academic program)

General Education Purpose

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.

General Education Philosophy

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.

General Education Outcomes

The General Education program is planned and presented to assist graduates to:

  1. Write effectively with precision and detail to communicate the intended message.
  2. Understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles.
  3. Use current technology for educational and work-related purposes.
  4. Compose and deliver speeches which clearly and effectively communicate the intended message.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through integration of Christian theology and worldview with other academic disciplines.
  6. Defend the value of the arts and sciences in terms both of their aesthetic worth and their role in shaping the worldview(s) and values of a culture.

English Composition Requirement

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).

General Education Course Work

  • Humanities
    • COM 112  Fundamentals of Speech
    • COM/BUS 230  Business Communication
    • ENG 010  Introduction to English
    • ENG 101  English Composition
    • ENG 102  Introduction to Literature
    • ENG 220  Christian Classics
    • ESL 202  Introduction to Linguistics
    • FL 102 & 104  Greek 1
    • FL 103 & 105  Hebrew 1
    • MUS100/1-400/1  Chapel Choir
    • MUS102/3-402/3  Emmaus Ensemble
    • MUS 108/9-408/9  Small Vocal Ensemble
    • MUS 180/1-480/1  Dubuque Community String Orchestra
    • MUS 173  Survey of Music History
    • MUS 242  World Music
    • MUS 250  Foundations of Church Music
    • PH 106  Introduction to Philosophy: Christian Worldview
    • PH 108  Logical Analysis
    • PH/BT 364  Apologetics
    • REL/ICS 204  Religions in America
    • REL/ICS 216  Judaism
    • REL/ICS 308  Comparative Religions
    • REL/ICS 341  Roman Catholic Context
  • Social Sciences

    • COU 161  Counseling Foundations
    • COU 210  Methods and Techniques of Counseling
    • CS 101  Fundamental Computer Literacy
    • CS 240  Educational Technology
    • ECN 105  Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECN 205  Principles of Microeconomics
    • GEO 117  World Geography
    • GEO/BT 278  Bible Geography
    • HIS 131  Western Civilization 1
    • HIS 132  Western Civilization 2
    • HIS 234  American History
    • HIS 270  The Holocaust: 1933-1945
    • HIS 281  History of the Brethren Movement
    • HIS 340  Latin American History
    • HIS 350  Modern World History
    • HIS/BT 376  Church History
    • HIS/BT 381  History of Israel
    • HIS/BT 382  History and Literature of the Intertestamental Period
    • HIS/BT 410  History of the Ancient Near East
    • PSY 151  Introduction to Psychology
    • PSY 254  Child Development
    • PSY 260  Development Psychology
    • PSY 351  Educational Psychology
    • SOC/CE 109  Marriage and Family Life
    • SOC/ICS 314  Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC/ICS 330  Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Natural Sciences

    • MAT 050  Introduction to Algebra
    • MAT 140  College Mathematics
    • MAT 160  Introduction to Statistics
    • MAT 270  Number Operations and Algebra in Elementary School
    • MAT 370  Spatial Math and Data Representation in Elementary School
    • SCI 230  Introduction to Earth Science
    • SCI 231  Earth Science Lab
    • SCI 241  Introduction to Human Biology
    • SCI 242  Human Biology Lab
    • SCI 255  Astronomy
    • SCI 256  Astronomy Lab
  • Inter-Area Studies

    • IAS 101  Transitions Seminar
    • IAS 102/3-402/3  Servant Leader Training
    • IAS 104/5-404/5  Chapel Attendance
    • IAS 410  Senior Seminar