Co-operative and Off-Campus Programs

Updated Fall 2013

Co-operative Programs

Co-operative programs enable students to enjoy the advantages of other colleges or programs. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Registrar.

East Tennessee State University and Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Under certain circumstances and with prior approval, Milligan College students who wish to enroll in courses not available at Milligan College may do so at East Tennessee State University and Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Generally, courses available under the co-op program must be required for a major or an approved course of study and must not be available in Milligan’s course schedule in a reasonable period of time. Prior approval is required.
Courses taken under the co-op program are considered part of the Milligan program and will receive Milligan grades; the tuition for these courses is part of the Milligan tuition.

Students who receive faculty/staff grants are subject to restrictions outlined in the faculty and personnel handbooks.

Students will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the other institution; students must attend classes and complete assignments according to the other institution’s academic calendar even when it differs from the Milligan calendar. See the Assistant Registrar for details about this program.


Milligan College students are eligible to participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program through East Tennessee State University. Interested persons should contact the Office of the Registrar for further information.

Off-Campus Programs

Milligan College offers a number of formally linked off-campus programs (see listing below) and allows for participation in a wide variety of other accredited off-campus programs. Students studying on formally-linked programs are eligible for campus-based financial aid (scholarships and grants), with the following exceptions:

Students studying on other (not formally-linked) study-away programs will be treated as participating in other transfer programs and may only receive federal and state financial aid subject to the federal and state policies that govern such programs. In the case of non-formally-linked programs, students arrange their programs and courses of study by mutual consent, paying to their own institutions the published fees for participating in the program.

For students studying away during fall or spring semesters, Milligan will charge a $500 study-away fee.

Milligan may limit the number of students participating in formally-linked off-campus study programs (currently at ten students) per academic year.

Fall and Spring Semester Formally-Linked Programs

PCCIS Semester in London

This program offers students the opportunity to study for a semester through Milligan's agreement with the PCCIS consortium and CAPA International Education.. Classes are held in London in cooperation with Imperial College.  Stateside faculty from consortium member institutions travel to London and teach courses in their specialties, and students may also enroll in consortium-approved courses taught by the London faculty. All courses are designed to gain maximum benefit from the great treasures that London has to offer. Students are required to enroll in a core course, Understanding Modern Britain, which offers students the opportunity to become familiar with a range of aspects of contemporary Britain and explore areas of British life including entertainment, sport, politics, religion, and social problems.  Internships are also offered as an optional part of the curriculum, comprising up to six hours of a student’s coursework while studying with CAPA London. Students earn 12 semester hours of credit.

Disney College Program

The Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort is a paid living, learning, and earning experience for students from all majors and backgrounds. The Disney College Program curriculum offers eight courses in the areas of organizational leadership, human resource management, hospitality management, corporate communication, experiential learning, corporate analysis and personal and career development courses. The paid internship experience  develops skills in problem solving, effective communication, teamwork, leadership, and cultural sensitivity. Students will have the chance to make professional connections with leaders from a variety of disciplines through various networking events and opportunities. Participation in the college Program qualifies students to apply for Disney’s Professional Internships. Application to the program is not limited as in the study abroad program. Students are eligible one semester beyond graduation. Students can earn 12 semester hours of credit.

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), an association of 105 campuses in the United States and Canada, offers the following semester and summer programs to students of its member institutions. The programs offer a unique opportunity for students to make the world their classroom, going beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. These interdisciplinary learning opportunities are available to second-semester sophomores, juniors and seniors. For further information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean.

American Studies Program (ASP)

Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program has served hundreds of students as a “Washington, D.C. campus.” ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field. Internships are tailored to fit the student’s talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of fields. Participants also explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars that are issue-oriented, interdisciplinary, and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. The ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis, and real-world experience. Students are exposed to on-the-job learning that helps them build for their future and gain perspective on the calling of God for their lives. They are challenged in a rigorous course of study to discover for themselves the meaning of Christ’s lordship in putting their beliefs into practice. The aim of the program is to help Council schools prepare their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

Australia Studies Centre (ASC)

The ASC offers students a semester at the Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia, where they can explore their artistic talents through Wesley Institute’s outstanding division of Ministry and the Arts. Faculty trained and working in the professional performing arts scene in Sydney will guide students in their thinking through the Christian’s role in culture, whether classical or pop culture. The ASC utilizes a combination of classroom training at the Wesley Institute and experiential learning in the beautiful Australian context. Home stays, service learning, and travel around Australia are important components of the ASC. Students will examine the many faces of Australia. They will observe its beautiful landscape, live in the cosmopolitan melting pot of Sydney, serve the poor of Sydney’s multi-cultural ghettos, engage the political capital Canberra and its power players, and come to know the traditions of Aborigines. ASC students participate in the core experiential course and choose the remainder of their credits from Wesley Institute’s arts and ministry courses. ASC students receive up to 16 hours of credit. In spring 2014, the Australia Studies Centre will move to Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, Australia.

China Studies Program (CSP)

The China Studies Program enables students to engage this ancient and intriguing country from the inside. While living and experiencing Chinese civilization firsthand, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographic, and economic realities of this strategic and populous nation. In addition to the study of standard Chinese language, students will be given opportunities such as assisting Chinese students learning English or working in an orphanage, allowing for one-on-one interaction. Students choose between completing a broad Chinese study program concentration and a business concentration, including an internship in an international business in Shanghai. The program introduces students to the diversity of China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Xiamen. This interdisciplinary, cross-cultural program enables students to deal with this increasingly important part of the world in an informed, Christ-centered way. Students earn 15-17 semester hours of credit.

Contemporary Music Center (CMC)

The Contemporary Music Center, based in Brentwood, Tennessee (near Nashville), provides students the opportunity to live and work in community while seeking to understand how God will have them integrate music, faith, and business. Both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, the CMC offers two tracts: the Artist Track and the Executive Track. The Artist Track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers, producers, and recording engineers. The Executive Track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications, and related majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters, and entertainment industry entrepreneurs. Both Artist and Executive track students receive instruction, experience, and a uniquely Christian perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to create and market a recording of original music. Both tracks include course work, labs, directed study, and a practicum. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

India Studies Program (ISP)

The India Studies Program is offered in partnership with Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Sciences, a CCCU affiliate member located in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, one of India’s major states.  The India Studies Program is structured to provide students with both immersion in a local community and broad exposure to a variety of peoples, places, and customs in India including an extensive two-week travel portion of the program to provide students a close up look at India's diversity.  Students will participate in two core courses designed to provide a broad overview of the historical, religious, geographical and economic landscape of India. Building on their basic understanding of India's past and contemporary realities students will have opportunities to explore a variety of issues―poverty, social justice, rapid social change, religious pluralism―through the eyes and experience of Indian Christians.  Rounding out the semester experience, students will also have the opportunity to take courses in their major areas with Indian students and professors.  Students earn up to 16 hours of semester credit.

Latin American Studies Program (LASP)

Students of CCCU colleges have the opportunity to live and learn in Latin America through the Latin American Studies Program, based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology, and religion of the region. Living with a Costa Rican family, students experience and become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also take part in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American Studies (offered both fall and spring terms); Advanced Language and Literature (limited to Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms); International Business and Management (offered only in fall terms); and Tropical Sciences (offered only during spring terms). Students in all concentrations earn 16-18 semester hours of credit.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC)

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center is designed to train students of Council institutions to serve in various aspects of the film industry with both professional skill and Christian integrity. Students live, learn, and work in the LA area near major studios. The curriculum consists of two required seminars focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry. In addition, students choose two elective courses from a variety of offerings in film studies. Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allows students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

Middle East Studies Program (MESP)

This program, based in Jerusalem, Israel, allows Council students to explore and interact with the complex and strategic world of the modern Middle East. The interdisciplinary seminars give students the opportunity to explore the diverse religious, social, cultural, and political traditions of Middle Eastern people. Students also study the Arabic language and work as volunteers with various organizations in Cairo. Through travel to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey, students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region. At a time of tension and change in the Middle East Region, MESP encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive, and Christ-centered manner. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO)

SSO is designed for students interested in doing intensive scholarship in this historic seat of learning. Working with academic tutors, students hone their skills and delve into the areas that interest them most. As Visiting Students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students have the privilege to study and learn in one of the university’s historic halls. SSO students enroll in a Primary and Secondary Tutorial, an Integrative Seminar and the course Christianity and Cultures.  The SSO is designed for students interested in the fields of Classics, English and Literature, Theology and Religious Studies, Philosophy, and History, though all majors may apply. Applicants are generally honors and other very high-achieving students. Students earn 17 semester hours of credit.

Uganda Studies Program (USP)

Winston Churchill is credited with nicknaming Uganda the “Pearl of Africa,” and many visitors since his time have come to agree with him. The USP offers students a very personal encounter with this African success story, which has become an economic and public health model in its region. Another success story, Uganda Christian University (UCU), serves as the base of study for students in the USP. Set on the outskirts of the capital city Kampala, this rapidly growing institution brings USP students together with the UCU Honours College. Courses taught by local faculty in the English tutorial tradition will immerse students in a uniquely African education. Topics such as Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Africa, African Literature, and African History will present many insights into African life because of the guidance of faculty who live in and love Uganda and East Africa. Home stays, travel, service learning, and daily interaction with Honours College students form the backbone of the USP experience. In addition to the core experiential course, students will choose from an approved selection of courses from the UCU Honours College to earn up to 16 semester hours of credit.

Washington Journalism Center (WJC)

The Washington Journalism Center (WJC) is a semester-long study program in Washington, DC created for students interested in the field of journalism. While in Washington students will take classes focusing on the history and future of the media and how it relates to the public as well as on their personal writing skills. These classes – Foundations for Media Involvement, Reporting in Washington, and Washington News and Public Discourse – combined with an internship at a top news publication will help students learn to integrate their faith in a journalism career. Students will also participate in service learning opportunities as well as live with families in home stays as part of the WJC experience. Students earn 16 semester hours of credit.

Summer Off-Campus Programs

Summer programs may not be eligible for financial aid depending upon the student’s circumstances.

Humanities European Study Tour

Milligan students may earn four hours of humanities credit by participating in a one-hour preparation course offered in the spring semester and a multi-week tour of Europe offered each summer. One or more of Milligan’s humanities professors will lead the tour, which visits several European countries. Visits are made to sites of both historical and cultural significance. In addition to travel, students attend lectures and discussions, complete writing assignments, and fulfill other responsibilities outlined by the tour professor. The preparation (HUMN 200P) and tour (HUMN 200T) may be taken in place of HUMN 202. Prerequisites include HUMN 101 and HUMN 102.

PCCIS Summer in London
(Private College Consortium for International Studies)
The PCCIS summer in London offers a 25-day session consisting of 3 credit hours.  approximately 25 days. Classes are held in London in cooperation with Imperial College.  . Stateside faculty from consortium member institutions travel to London and teach courses in their specialties.

Oxford Summer Programme (OSP)

The Oxford Summer Programme (OSP) is a program of the CCCU and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. The program is designed for students wishing to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between Christianity and the development of the West and who wish to do specialized work under expert Oxford academics in the areas of history, religious studies, political theory, philosophy, English, and history of science. The Programme is structured for rising college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate and seminary students, non-traditional students, teachers, and those enrolled in continuing-education programs.

International Business Institute (IBI)

Students pursuing a major in business administration may select an emphasis in international business by participating in a ten-week academic program abroad through Milligan’s affiliation with the International Business Institute (endorsed by the CCCU). Completion of this emphasis requires the student to attend the Institute during a summer session following completion of the required core courses at Milligan College. A student’s course of study can often be designed so that graduation is possible following seven semesters of study at Milligan College in addition to the summer Institute. Students pursuing the international business emphasis are strongly encouraged to demonstrate competency in a foreign language through, at least, the intermediate level. Participation in the IBI includes the following required courses: