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Comprehensive University Education

A comprehensive university education (often called the 'Liberal Arts') opens students to a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences in order to develop well-rounded individuals with broad knowledge of a range of disciplines and with mastery of transferable skills.

Such a comprehensive education encompasses the Humanities (literature, music, languages, theology, Bible, philosophy, ethics...); Social Sciences (history, psychology, sociology, communications, economics, geography, business, peace and conflict transformation, international development...); Sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, geography, mathematics...) often pursued in inter-disciplinary ways to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge and skill.

The goal of such an education is to produce 'global citizens' with the capacity, inspiration, and faith to continue learning through their lives, and to contribute in valuable ways to their communities through a range of career options and volunteer possibilities.


How does CMU's theological rooting shape the experience of students?

"My four years at CMU allowed me to discover who I am—who I am as a follower of God and as a citizen of the world." 


How does CMU's comprehensive learning vision shape teaching and learning?

Since September of 2000, CMU has nurtured a particular vision of education, shaped within the embrace of the Christian church, an Anabaptist orientation and a unique trajectory of commitments. A broad spectrum of programs, with a focus on cross-disciplinary learning, opens students to engage the world and their place within it.

"CMU offered everything that I wanted from an academic program—Business and International Development Studies with a foundation in Christian theology at a smaller-sized university."


How do CMU's students benefit from such comprehensive learning?

"I'm a full enthusiast in putting academic and experiential learning together. My practicum was important and it made a difference. It offered more energy to my education because I saw what it could do. It made me want to develop more—I've seen how my learning happens in the classroom and beyond."


"Our research shows a growing demand for what are known as soft or foundational skills. We prefer to call them human skills, the ones that tend to separate good from great in every walk of life. Critical thinking and creativity, communication and collaborationthese will be the standout skills in the age of advanced technology. People who work well with technology and work well with people—that can be the Canadian difference."
– David McKay (President and CEO, Royal Bank of Canada)

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