General Education Requirements

(50 – 62 hrs)

Updated Fall 2013

The Intent of Our Curriculum

The core curriculum for baccalaureate degrees at Milligan College is designed to provide students with a broad foundation for life-long learning and for further study in specific disciplines. As a Christian liberal arts college which seeks to honor God by educating men and women to be servant leaders, Milligan College requires the following outcomes:

A. Intellectual and Practical Skills

Students will have:

  1. exhibited fundamental critical and creative thinking skills, having posed and investigated a question, assessed and/or evaluated information, and formulated conclusions.
  2. synthesized and integrated a variety of information into a coherent whole.
  3. demonstrated the capacity to learn for a lifetime by locating, accessing, evaluating, and utilizing information.
  4. demonstrated effective communication skills.
  5. demonstrated mathematical literacy: the ability to think logically and reason effectively utilizing mathematical methodologies to solve problems.
  6. demonstrated scientific literacy.
  7. evaluated Christian responses to the challenges of living in contemporary culture according to the Scripture.
  8. demonstrated a fundamental understanding of their own and other cultures and how they affect human interaction.

B.  Experiential Learning

Students will have:

  1. significantly engaged another culture either academically or experientially.
  2. participated in an experience that requires creative expression.
  3. actively engaged in their own spiritual formation through corporate worship and service experiences.

C.  Knowledge and Content

Students will have demonstrated knowledge of:

  1. significant persons, ideas, and movements in history that have shaped the present world.
  2. literary forms and of literature as an expression of culture and individual human experience and creativity.
  3. contributions of significant individuals and movements in the arts and music.
  4. concepts, methods, and theories that explain human social behavior.
  5. the Bible: its content, context, and impact on faith and life.
  6. major concepts, principles, and theories of a natural science.
  7. the importance of lifelong health and wellness.

The Framework of the Curriculum

The general education requirements for Milligan are divided into three categories. In order for students to meet the desired general education outcomes, the following courses and/or experiences are required for all Milligan students:

Called to Relationship with God (11 total hours)

Called to Relationship with Others (30-40 total hours)

Called to Relationship with Creation (9-11 total hours)

Total number of hours in the GER: 47 – 65 hrs       

General Education Requirements Checklist

Here the GER requirements have been listed in order by degree and by discipline.

In order for students to meet the desired general education outcomes, the following courses and/or experiences are required for all Milligan undergraduates:

For students seeking any bachelor’s degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing):

In addition to all the general education requirements listed above, B.A. students must complete foreign language competency through the intermediate level.  B.A.-degree seeking students enter Milligan with varying competency levels, and thus the required foreign language hours can range from 3 hours (for those students nearly fluent when they enter Milligan) to 12 hours (for those students with little or no previous competency when they enroll).

Total number of hours in the GER for all Milligan College students: 47 – 65 hrs

Other Information About the General Education Requirements

  1. Students must earn a C- or better in COMP 111 in order to advance to COMP 211 and to meet the writing requirements for graduation. At the writing professor’s discretion, students with more severe writing difficulties may be required also to complete successfully (i.e., pass with a C- or better) COMP 093 when repeating COMP 111.

    Students must also pass COMP 211 (D- or better) in order to complete the writing requirements for graduation.

  2. OT 531 may count as a four-hour undergraduate laboratory science course toward the 6-8 hrs required in the GER.

  3. The three-hour ethnic studies requirement may be filled by any one of the following courses: History of Fiction Film (COMM 371); African-American Narrative Literature (ENGL 362); Post-Colonial Literature (ENGL 375); Immigrant Literature (ENGL 495); Cultural and Ethnic Geography (GEOG 202); History of Islam (HIST 206); History of the Jews Since 70 A.D. (HIST 208); Seminar on Vietnam (HIST 480); Medieval Chinese History (HIST 495); Japanese Literature in Translation (HUMN 285); Law and Globalization (LS 304); Survey of Jazz (MUSC 166); World Music (MUSC 250); Global Health Issues (NURS 110); Religions of the World (PHIL 350); Politics and Culture of Latin America (POLS 230); Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSYC 356); Central Appalachia (PSYC 410); Religion, Culture and Peoples of Africa (SOCL 440); Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (SOCL 210); Latin American Cultures (SOCL 221); Race and Ethnic Relations (SOCL 314); Aspects of Intercultural Studies (SOCL 360); Civilization and Culture of Latin America (SPAN 402) (3 hrs total)

    Additional courses are included in this list as approved by the college. Students may also satisfy the ethnic studies requirement by successfully completing a semester abroad in one of the following programs: China Studies Program; India Studies Program; Latin American Studies Program; Middle East Studies Program; Russian Studies Program; Uganda Studies Program.

  4. The three-hour social learning requirement may be filled by any one of the following courses: Macroeconomic Principles (ECON 201); Microeconomic Principles (ECON 202); Cultural and Ethnic Geography (GEOG 202); Law and Globalization (LS 304); American National Government (POLS 120); State and Local Government (POLS 203); General Psychology (PSYC 150); Developmental Psychology (PSYC 252); Introduction to Sociology (SOCL 201); Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (SOCL 210); Social Problems (SOCL 211).

    Additional courses are included in this list as approved
    by the college.

  5. Acceptable alternatives for HPXS 101, Fitness for Life, include the following courses:  Foundations of Wellness (HPXS 271); Health Assessment (NURS 202).

  6. Acceptable alternatives for the general-education speech requirement include the following courses:  Storytelling (COMM 180).

  7. Courses within the general education curriculum may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement.

  8. Criteria for Cross-Cultural Awareness Learning Experiences
     A cross-cultural awareness learning experience is one in which:


    International students who want to develop a case for counting their time in East Tennessee as a significant cross-cultural experience would need to follow the same procedures (application, post-experience essay, and a report from a supervisor or coworker) outlined below.

    If a cross-cultural experience also meets the requirements of a Milligan College course (for example, an internship), a student may register for and earn course credit.  However, the requirements for a cross-cultural experience and for the GER may be filled without course credit.

    Requirements for approval of a cross-cultural awareness learning experience

    1. The student must submit a formal application to the Dean’s office. This application must be submitted at least one month prior to the end of the semester (fall/spring) before the semester of the cross-cultural experience. In the application the student will provide a rationale for the proposed cross-cultural experience.  The cross-cultural awareness application experience form is available in the Academic Affairs office.
    2. At the conclusion of the experience the student must submit an essay (approximately 1000 words) describing in detail the cross-cultural experience, including the purpose of the experience, the location, the duration, language learning, housing, and significant interactions with community members. The essay should also include specific examples of the ways that the experience helped the student to understand and appreciate other value systems and ways of looking at the world which are different than his/her own. The essay must be submitted to the Dean’s office within at least one month after the completion of the experience.
    3. The student must procure from a supervisor or coworker a written report confirming the student’s participation in the cross-cultural awareness learning experience. The report should be sent from the supervisor or coworker directly to the Dean’s office. The report should be sent within one month of the completion of the experience.