The world of liberal arts and sciences is about being challenged and being driven by ideas. At Emmanuel College, we believe in the value of a liberal arts and sciences education, our proud tradition since 1919.
We offer opportunities in the pursuit of learning, teaching, exploration and research in more than 40 majors, minors and concentrations. Every class is taught by a professor (not a teaching assistant), creating a deep, personal student/faculty relationship that begins day one. This is an engaged, energetic faculty with global connections in their fields. The classes are small; the horizon is huge.
Emmanuel believes in having general requirements to ensure that every student experiences the range of skills and content that is implied by the liberal arts mission of the College. These include:
The First-Year Seminar Program
This program is designed to introduce first-year students to the ways the liberal arts construct knowledge. It is completed during the first semester of the first year.
Coursework within the "Domains of Knowledge"
All Emmanuel College students take courses within the "Domains of Knowledge" to acquire the range of skills and thorough understanding of content that are implied by the liberal arts mission of the College. These areas of knowledge are:
• Aesthetic Inquiry: one course from literature, one course from the arts
• Historical Consciousness: one course from a significant period of history or region of the world
• Social Analysis: two courses in the social sciences
• Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Analysis: one laboratory science course, one quantitative analysis course, and one from either area, where the science course may be a non-laboratory course
• Religious Thought and Moral Reasoning: two courses in religious thought, one in moral reasoning
This requirement is designed to ensure that students have the foundational skills for learning at the college level, for lifelong learning, and for functioning in a diverse and global society. New students are assessed in each of these areas before entering the College, and are either placed in appropriate designated courses or exempted from the requirement.
The skills assessed include:
• Writing Communication Skills
• Mathematical Competency
• Computer Literacy
• Second Language Skills
Completion of a Capstone Experience
This is an opportunity to integrate and present content and methodology through a seminar, internship, research or a creative project.
Emmanuel College's innovative science programs were featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The full article, titled "For Science's Sake, a Small Liberal-Arts College Makes the Most of Its Location," can be viewed here.