The Emmaus Scholars Program embodies an approach to learning that goes back at least 2,000 years.

On the road to Emmaus (read Luke 24:13–35), two disciples were discussing the events surrounding Jesus’ life and death. Confused about the Scriptures in light of what they had just experienced, a teacher offered the disciples a different, correct interpretation. (The teacher was Jesus, but they did not recognize him.) Later, when they shared a meal, the disciples’ eyes were opened and Christ revealed himself to them.

In its simplest form, then, the Road to Emmaus is about people walking with a teacher, studying texts, discussing what they’ve read, and having their eyes opened to the truth. We are continuing in a long line of teachers and students who learn in this way.

Students who join the Emmaus Scholars Program at Hope will regularly attend weekly Monday evening colloquia, which consist of meals, discussion and evening prayer. You’ll also take some designated general education and elective classes from Emmaus professors.

Who is Emmaus for?

Emmaus is for anyone who is willing to read, discuss and learn. As an Emmaus Scholar, you should be willing to:

  • Study primary texts
  • Be taught by professors who value the wisdom and learning of those who have come before them
  • Risk making mistakes in classroom discussion as you learn
  • Seek, pursue and discover objective truths
  • Change your mind in light of the truths you learn
  • Respond meaningfully to professors’ comments on your work, whether in conversation or in resubmitted assignments

In other words, this isn’t an honors program; it’s a group of students and faculty who are committed to a particular way of learning. The Emmaus Scholars Program is open to any student who is willing to commit to the above Emmaus requirements, regardless of GPA.

Do I need to be a Christian?

No, you do not need to be a Christian. We will be learning from texts written by Christians and non-Christians alike. While all of your professors are Christians, they are eager to discuss texts with everyone, and they welcome all questions and perspectives as we pursue the truth together.

All students will be required to attend evening prayer, though they do not need to participate during the service.