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Academics: A Christian Liberal Arts Education

Milligan is one of the South’s premier Christian liberal arts colleges. Our faculty are among the best in their fields and our academic programs are lauded by accrediting agencies and national organizations. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.

Christ-Centered

As a Christian college, the Christian faith is intentionally shared and explored throughout the Milligan curriculum. We encourage students to see God’s hand in all subjects — whether studying accounting, history, or fine arts. This interplay between Christian commitment and academic quality is central to Milligan’s identity and purpose.

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Liberal Arts

The term “liberal arts” is a way of describing a broad education that seeks to prepare students to think, to inquire, and to analyze. At Milligan, a unique interdisciplinary Humanities Program lays a common foundation for learning, as students learn about the historical, philosophical, literary, and artistic basis of our modern society. Learning from a liberal arts perspective prepares one for an ever-changing world.

Amazing Faculty

Faculty are so important at Milligan that the college has the rare distinction of being named not for its founder or location, but for our founder’s favorite teacher, Robert Milligan. Our faculty are among the best in their fields and more than 70 percent have the highest degree in their field. From your first day at Milligan — and for the rest of your life — you’ll experience the great mentoring relationships our faculty have with students and alumni. They are passionate about each student’s success both inside and outside the classroom. Meet our faculty »

Servant-Leadership

No matter which academic program you choose, you’ll learn what it means to be a servant-leader who understands that success is about using your God-given abilities to touch lives and transform communities.

Reputation & Accreditation

Accreditation

SACSCOC: Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan College.

NCATE: The education program at Milligan is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-466-7496). This accreditation covers initial teacher and advanced educator preparation programs.

ACOTE: The occupational therapy program at Milligan College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, a division of The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) (4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824; 800-652-AOTA).

CCNE: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Milligan College is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBN) and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), located at One DuPont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120; phone 207-887-6791.

National Recognition

Milligan has been named one of the top ten colleges in the South numerous times by U.S. News & World Report and is consistently named to Washington Monthly‘s list of top 25 baccalaureate colleges. The College continues to be recognized for outstanding academics and its commitment to servant-leadership. View a full list of Milligan’s accolades here.

Affiliations

The College holds membership in the following professional organizations:

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • American Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Appalachian Athletic Conference
  • Appalachian College Association
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • College Placement Council
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • National Association of College and University Business Offices
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • National College Testing Association
  • Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools
  • Tennessee Independent College and University Association
  • Tennessee Deans and Directors of Nursing Programs (sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Nursing)

Academic Programs

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Accounting

B.A., B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Accounting

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Courses in accounting are designed to prepare the student for careers primarily in public accounting. Basic skills are learned and practiced and higher level accounting concepts and principles are acquired through problem-oriented courses in each of the accounting discipline areas. This major, however, provides a solid foundation that can lead into a variety of career paths including internal auditing, tax preparation and planning, cost analysis, and advisory services in information systems design and implementation. Successful professional accountants are able to communicate the implications of financial reports, with an ethical standard in mind, to managers, and owners.

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Allied Health Science

B.S.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Allied Health Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The allied health science curriculum is designed for the student planning to pursue a career in pharmacy or optometry. The allied health science degree is only awarded to those students who complete 100 hours in the major and then transfer back 28 hours of pharmacy or optometry school course work.

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Applied Finance and Accounting

B.A., B.S.

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Applied Finance and Accounting

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The basis of the courses in the applied finance and accounting major are the foundational courses of the accounting major. Upper level courses emphasize the element of corporate finance. Accountants as information providers have a particular appeal to those who see accounting as useful in corporate decision-making and management.

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Art

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Art

School of Arts & Humanities

The art minor fits well with numerous majors, including but not limited to Bible, business administration, communications, humanities, and psychology. The study of art may serve to foster students’ avocational interests as well as to prepare them for more concentrated art studies in the future.

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Bible

B.A., Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Bible

School of Bible & Ministry

Study of the Bible has been foundational to Milligan College since its inception. As the mission statement of the college indicates, Bible stands at the core of the “Christian worldview” that shapes all else about the college. The first two values affirmed in the mission statement (“A Positive, Personal Christian Faith That Jesus is Lord and Savior” and “A Commitment to Follow the Teachings of the Christian Scripture in One’s Personal and Social Ethics”) can only find reality in sincere study of the Bible. And because such study is demanding and stimulating, students enhance “The Capacity to Recognize and Assume Responsibility in Society” and appreciate “The Knowledge, Meaning, and Application of Sound Scholarship” in the Bible major. However, Milligan College believes this serious study of scripture should always be connected with service (or “ministry”), and so each track in the Bible major is focused toward teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way.

  • The children’s ministry, pastoral ministry, and youth ministry tracks are designed to equip men and women to serve the church in its primary purpose of making disciples. In addition to taking courses tailored to the specific concerns of these ministries, students participate in a summer internship where they gain hands-on experience.
  • The worship leadership major is designed to prepare men and women who desire to serve the church in the specific area of worship. This interdisciplinary major combines the heart of the Bible major with additional studies in music and drama. Students learn to design and lead meaningful and theologically sound worship experiences for a variety of settings. Students also gain important experience through a summer internship tailored to their specific interests and aspirations.
  • The missions program is designed for those students who desire to devote themselves to God’s mission in the world. Missions majors complete a Bible major and a modified sociology minor. Missions majors are also expected to complete a cross-cultural internship as part of their program.
  • The general studies track is designed for those who desire a more concentrated focus in Bible, church history, or theology, often with a view toward a ministry of teaching. The culminating experience for this track is an advanced academic research project supervised by a faculty mentor.

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Biology

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Biology

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The biology curriculum is designed for the student planning a career in the biomedical sciences, education, research, and government services.

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Business Administration

B.A., B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Business Administration

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The core courses in business administration provide students with the broad base of knowledge and level of technical competence necessary to succeed in a business setting. Core courses in management, marketing, business law, and ethics expose students to the fundamental principles of business administration while providing the preparation necessary to continue study in upper level courses.

The major allows the student to complete a strong core curriculum in business, accounting, and economics and to choose from one of eight emphases, allowing for in-depth study in a specific field.

Emphases: Accounting, Economics, General, Health Care, International Business, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Secondary Education Licensure, Sports Management

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Business Administration - Degree Completion

B.S.

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Business Administration - Degree Completion

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Milligan College offers an adult degree completion program with a major in business administration. This major is designed for adults who have completed 52 or more semester hours of college credit and two or more years of full-time work experience. Degree candidates must also complete the college’s general education core of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and Bible as well as an appropriate number of elective courses. Inquiries are addressed to the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies at 423.461.8782.

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

Certificate

School of Bible & Ministry, School of Social Sciences & Education

Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry, School of Social Sciences & Education

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry is a 19-hour curriculum that introduces students to basic knowledge about both secular and Christian perspectives on counseling and how these may be applied in a church-based setting. In addition, the program provides an introduction to psychopathology. To complete the curriculum, students choose elective hours that are the best fit for their settings and interests. The intent of this program is to prepare students to apply counseling theory and practice to ministry settings. Students are prepared for work in churches, mission agencies and other settings in which informal counseling and support groups are often provided.

The Certificate is designed to be a practical tool for congregational leaders and members who do not intend to seek licensure. The Certificate does not indicate that the recipient of the Certificate has professional expertise. Persons desiring expertise in counseling should complete the relevant advanced degree (e.g., M.S.C., M.Div., etc.) and fulfill all the additional licensure requirements of the State of Tennessee.

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Chemistry

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Chemistry

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The chemistry curriculum is designed for the student planning a career in industry, research, engineering, teaching, or the biomedical sciences. It also contributes to the ability to apply chemical principles to daily life.

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Child and Youth Development

B.A., B.S.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Child and Youth Development

School of Social Sciences & Education

Milligan College offers a child and youth development major for persons who wish to prepare for careers in working with children from birth through seventeen years of age. The mission of the program is to prepare caring and reflecting professionals who integrate their Christian faith, social responsibility, and sound scholarship in order to contribute to a responsible and caring community.

Completion of the program prepares an individual for employment in a variety of settings including youth-serving organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and military youth programs and private, governmental, and nonprofit early childhood programs such as Head Start, church preschools, military child development centers, and other settings that do not require public school licensure.

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Child and Youth Development - Degree Completion

B.A., B.S.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Child and Youth Development - Degree Completion

School of Social Sciences & Education

Milligan College offers an adult degree completion program with a major in child and youth development with an early childhood education emphasis. Licensure in early childhood education (PreK-3) may be obtained by completing additional course work. This program prepares individuals to teach children 0 through 8 years of age in public and private schools and to serve in leadership positions in church-related preschools, military child development centers, and in other early childhood programs. This major is designed for adults who have completed fifty-two or more semester hours of college credit and the equivalent of two or more years of work experience. Degree candidates must also complete the college’s general education core of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and Bible as well as an appropriate number of elective courses. Inquiries are addressed to the Teacher Education Admissions Coordinator at 423.461.8306 or Area of Education at 423.461.8927.

The adult degree completion program in early childhood education supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

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Children's Ministry

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Children's Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

Ministering to children in our society has become a significant service for Christians. Childhood is obviously a formative time of life, and being able to help children come to know Jesus as the Christ through scripture and the love and support of the church rises to great prominence as a form of Christian ministry. Children’s ministers quite often meet the needs of entire families in the process of helping and ministering to children.

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Coaching

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Coaching

School of Social Sciences & Education

The coaching minor prepares students to coach in school or community settings or also to pursue graduate studies in coaching.

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Communications

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Communications

School of Arts & Humanities

The communications curriculum prepares students to work in various specialties of today’s media and to adjust to the inevitable changes that are ahead. This is accomplished through a curriculum blending critical analyses, theoretical issues, and practical skills. Central to the curriculum is an approach to the study of communications from a distinctly Christian worldview.

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Composition

School of Arts & Humanities

Composition

School of Arts & Humanities

Effective writing is an essential skill for college students and graduates. The composition courses offered by the college enable students to reach the outcomes of the general education requirement, ensuring that all graduates will have:

  1. exhibited fundamental critical and creative thinking skills
  2. having posed and investigated a question, assessed and/or evaluated information, and formulated conclusions
  3. synthesized and integrated a variety of information into a coherent whole
  4. demonstrated the capacity to learn for a lifetime by locating, accessing, evaluating, and utilizing information
  5. demonstrated effective communication skills

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Computer Information Systems

B.A., B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Computer Information Systems

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The major in computer information systems (CIS) is designed to prepare students for careers as programmers/analysts, lead programmers, management information systems directors, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, and government.

Course work in this major emphasizes systems analysis and design, programming, and management. It is recommended that students with a major in computer information systems complete a minor in a business-related area.

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Computer Information Systems, Mobile - Degree Completion

B.A., B.S., Certificate

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Computer Information Systems, Mobile - Degree Completion

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The computer information systems major supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The major in computer information systems (CIS-M) is designed to prepare students for careers as programmers/analysts, lead programmers, management information systems directors, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, and government.

Course work in this major emphasizes systems analysis and design, programming, and management.

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Computer Science

B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Computer Science

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The major in computer science (CS) is designed to prepare students for successful employment in the computing industry in a wide range of careers such as programmers/analysts, lead programmers, software developers, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, or government, or for graduate school in computer science.

Course work in this major centers on the development of algorithms, which are the formal procedures for problem solving.  Solutions are implemented linguistically in software and mechanically in hardware by developing a student’s problem-solving ability through the algorithmic approach of organizing, synthesizing, and analyzing information.

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Digital Media Studies

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Digital Media Studies

School of Arts & Humanities

The Digital Media Studies minor emphasizes skills and professional knowledge for students who are pursuing majors in other academic areas. This minor would be appropriate for students who have a strong interest in digital media but wish to graduate with a major in another field. This minor would work well for those majoring in Fine Arts/Photography or Youth Ministry to name a few. Students who wish to minor in Digital Media Studies are encouraged to meet with the professor over the Digital Media Studies Major/Minor.

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Economics

Minor

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Economics

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Milligan College offers an economics major (B.A. or B.S. degree) and an economics minor. These programs support the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

Students who major in economics will be equipped to follow two general career paths. The required courses in accounting and finance complement the economics core courses and will prepare students for careers in business following graduation. Students will also be prepared to pursue careers in graduate school having completed many of the required pre-requisites for graduate programs in economics. This latter group includes students interested in becoming professional or academic economists.

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Engineering

B.S.

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Engineering

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Milligan College will launch an engineering program in fall 2016, pending SACSCOC approval, offering majors in electrical and mechanical engineering. The program goal is to educate engineering professionals to serve technology needs globally in industry, as well as the under served and developing world.

  • Electrical Engineering (EE) focuses on all things electrical/electronic, including electronic devices, systems, and energy. This includes digital-based communication and control systems; generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power; electronic devices and electrical circuits for producing, detecting, and controlling electrical signals; and robotics and control systems. For more information, visit the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at ieee.org.
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) focuses on machines, structures, devices, mechanical systems, and energy conversion systems. It is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, and encompasses areas such as energy, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical design, manufacturing processes, robotics, and systems modeling. Mechanical engineers are employed in nearly every kind of industry, and this major provides many future employment opportunities for its graduates. For more information, visit the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at asme.org.

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English

B.A., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

English

School of Arts & Humanities

Graduates of Milligan’s English program go on to teach in public and private schools and colleges (with additional study), to do graduate work in English and related fields, to study law, to work as journalists, editors, and public relations officers, to study library science/information technology, to study theology, and to work in marketing, customer assistance, and other aspects of the business world.

The course of study in English language and literature is designed to enable the student to:

  1. read literature with appreciation, understanding, and a developing critical sophistication;
  2. write clear and effective literary criticism and analysis; and
  3. acquire a knowledge base which will allow the individual to pursue additional education or to obtain gainful employment.

Emphasis available in writing.

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Ethnic Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Ethnic Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

The Ethnic Studies minor is designed for those students 1) who seek to further their studies in ethnicity beyond the single core course required of every Milligan College traditional undergraduate student as part of the General Education Requirements and 2) who desire to probe the distinctive contributions of people from all ethnicities. One of the strengths of the minor is the range of choices it provides students, who are offered a broad set of course selections across several disciplines to fulfill the minor’s requirements.

The Ethnic Studies minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate social responsibility in numerous ways, such as . . . displaying increased understanding of and experience with other cultures.
  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material . . .

The Ethnic Studies minor provides a broad initial foundation for the study of ethnicities, ethnic groups, dynamics of ethnic processes and encounters, ethnic literature, the history of specific ethnic groups, ethnic music, and legal issues which intersect with ethnicity and specific ethnic groups. Students are offered the opportunity to craft a minor which will complement their major field of study and better position them for the emerging ethnic challenges of an increasingly diverse 21st century world.

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Exercise Science

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Exercise Science

School of Social Sciences & Education

The exercise science minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for both the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.
  • Students will participate in the activities of a healthy lifestyle such as intramurals, intercollegiate sports, musical and theatrical groups, student clubs, student government, and other campus-sponsored extracurricular endeavors, in preparation for life-long participation in similar activities.

The skills and knowledge gained through the exercise science minor allow students to pursue jobs in school, community, or industrial settings and provides a springboard into various graduate programs.

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Film Studies

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Film Studies

School of Arts & Humanities

A minor in film studies gives students a solid foundation in the three primary disciplines within cinema studies: film history, film theory, and film production. This course of study examines cinema as a medium of artistic expression with a particular focus on developing critical skills centered within a Christian worldview and production skills developed within traditional artistic models.

A student may declare a communications major with an emphasis in Film Studies. A student may also major in Fine Arts with a Film Studies emphasis. 

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Fine Arts

B.A.

School of Arts & Humanities

Fine Arts

School of Arts & Humanities

The fine arts major is designed to contribute to the development of students’ God-given personalities and talents by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of human creativity. Within that context, the major in fine arts cultivates the development of Christian artists who glorify God by striving for the highest standards of artistic excellence-ministering to people through their art and contributing to the richness and beauty of life, both in the church and in society.

The strength of the fine arts major lies in its interdisciplinary nature. There are five areas of emphasis from which a student may choose when declaring a fine arts major.

Available emphases: Art, Film Studies, Music, Photography, Theatre Arts

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Fitness and Wellness

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Fitness and Wellness

School of Social Sciences & Education

The Fitness and Wellness minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for both the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.
  • Students will participate in the activities of a healthy lifestyle such as intramurals, intercollegiate sports, musical and theatrical groups, student clubs, student government, and other campus-sponsored extracurricular endeavors, in preparation for life-long participation in similar activities.

The skills and knowledge gained through the Fitness and Wellness minor allow students to pursue jobs in community or industrial settings and provides a springboard into various graduate programs.

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French

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

French

School of Arts & Humanities

The French program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through . . . appreciation for the arts . . . and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The French program emphasizes the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. While the primary focus is on developing competency in communication, the secondary French licensure program and the French minor provide a foundation in the literature and culture of the country. Graduates may pursue careers in teaching, in translating and interpreting (with additional study), in the tourism and hospitality industry, or in the diplomatic services. French is a valuable asset in international business, in international agencies (such as the International Red Cross), and in the fashion industry.

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General Science

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

General Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The general science minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for both the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

Students may seek to have a general exposure to the field of science through the general science minor. Those students who are seeking education licensure in a major field will have a strong background in science which may qualify them to teach certain science courses. The flexibility which this allows a student who is interested in science as a complement to their chosen major may encourage more students to pursue their interest in the sciences.

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Geography

School of Social Sciences & Education

Geography

School of Social Sciences & Education

The study of geography provides students with an awareness of the physical, economic, and political features of the world, the cultures which are encountered in the world’s regions, as well as the instruments and devices used in the field of study.

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German

School of Arts & Humanities

German

School of Arts & Humanities

German supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through . . .appreciation for the arts . . . and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

German is Europe’s most widely distributed language. The official language of Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland, German is the language of Europe’s foremost business economy. Students of music, psychology, theology, and the laboratory sciences find German to be of inestimable value. Mastery of German at the intermediate level equips students to read, write, converse, and do basic academic research.

Two years of German study are available regularly, and advanced courses are available by individual arrangement with the professor.

 

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Graphic Design

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Graphic Design

School of Arts & Humanities

The graphic design minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for both the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

This minor will provide undergraduate students the opportunity to supplement a major with a minor in graphic design. A minor in graphic design is suggested for any student whose future endeavors may involve the creation or implementation of visual communications. Students gain in-depth experience using industry-standard computer software while acquiring an understanding of graphic design principles and the various formats used in the field. The graphic design minor serves as an excellent complement to many majors, including business administration (marketing concentration), computer information systems, fine arts (art concentration), and communications (public relations and advertising concentration). This minor better prepares students for their future careers by offering them marketable skills, enabling them to become more viable in today’s competitive job market. A graphic design minor will also prepare students for internships and entry-level positions in the field of graphic design.

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Greek

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Greek

School of Arts & Humanities

Greek supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts.
  • Students will express the impact of the Christian Scriptures.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through . . . preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

Students who pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree, especially Bible majors, may study Koine Greek to fulfill their language requirement through the intermediate level. In addition, students may choose to complete a minor in Greek.

The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

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Health Care Administration

Minor

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Health Care Administration

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The health care administration minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The health care administration minor allows students majoring in other areas to obtain adequate exposure to issues and topics within the health care profession. A student majoring in the health care administration concentration within the business administration major may not minor in health care administration.

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Hebrew

School of Arts & Humanities

Hebrew

School of Arts & Humanities

Hebrew supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through . . . preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

Elementary and Intermediate Hebrew are offered periodically and will fulfill the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

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History

B.A., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

History

School of Arts & Humanities

The study of history is one of the core disciplines of a liberal arts education. At Milligan the study of history is rooted in the conviction that knowledge of the past contributes to intellectual maturity and an enriched quality of life, one of the objectives of the college’s Mission Statement. In an age skeptical of tradition and infatuated with the contemporary, the study of history helps to broaden the student’s world, leading to a richer understanding of the human condition in its various cultural, economic, and social contexts. The history major at Milligan also develops a respect and enthusiasm for sound scholarship, as it introduces students to the various ways that scholars have understood, described, and interpreted the past. Given their commitment as Christians, the history faculty strives to model the ways Christians do the work of historians and invite history majors to do likewise.

The history faculty has designed the major to provide a broad intellectual foundation for entry into various professional fields. Milligan history majors have become teachers, lawyers, physicians, ministers, archivists, business professionals, and practicing historians.

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Human Performance and Exercise Science

B.A., B.S.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Human Performance and Exercise Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Human performance and exercise science provides a holistic, scholarly approach to the study of human movement. Structural and functional aspects of movement efficiency, responses of the body to sport and exercise, and issues of health-related fitness and wellness are studied. A series of core courses prepares students for careers in physical education, fitness and wellness, or exercise science.

Students may choose from four concentrations based on their career goals or plans for graduate study. The skills and knowledge gained through the human performance and exercise science program allow students to pursue jobs in school, community, business, or industrial settings and provide a springboard into various graduate programs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and sports management.

Teacher licensure in physical education (K-12) is optional. For additional information about admission into the teacher licensure program, see the Education Licensure Programs section of the catalog.

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Humanities

B.A., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Humanities

School of Arts & Humanities

The purpose of the major in humanities is to allow students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study. Although the major is not structured as a prevocational course, it does provide a broad undergraduate education from which a student can move into teaching or into several graduate programs including law. It focuses upon the great ideas that have shaped history and created contemporary civilizations.

The humanities major may be tailored to offer specialization in one or more of the following fields: English, history, fine arts, Spanish, French, and Bible. With advisement, this major may satisfy the better part of the “two concentrations” required for middle grades licensure.

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Humanities Program

School of Arts & Humanities

Humanities Program

School of Arts & Humanities

Our unique Humanities Program — incorporating history, literature, philosophy, and fine arts— is central to the Milligan liberal arts education. We think it’s important for tomorrow’s leaders to be individuals who can think for themselves, analyze information and ideas, and explore the nature and meaning of the world.

How do we make sense of all the rampaging data that surrounds us on televisions, cell phones, radios, computer monitors, billboards, and movie screens? Is it possible to put together some coherent understanding of the past in order to understand the present and have some idea where we might be headed in the future? Milligan College wants to help you put together the puzzling pieces. We begin with the confident declaration that all knowledge is ultimately unified, brought into being by a Creator. Because knowledge is unified, we can see the connections between history, literature, the arts, philosophy, and the Creator of all these disciplines.

In the Milligan College Humanities Program (part of the required curriculum), students and faculty work to bring together the pieces of the puzzle in an interdisciplinary program. Over the course of four semesters, students study some of the ideas and events that have shaped history and created contemporary civilizations. This lays the foundation for a lifetime of sense making, a lifetime of finding meaning in the past, making informed judgments on the present, and preparing for a meaningful future.

All four semesters of the Humanities program address the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be fully human?
  • Who is God and how does a person know God?
  • What responsibilities do we, as both part of creation and stewards of it, have to the rest of the created order?
  • How does one relate to one’s fellow human beings?
  • How does one answer life’s inescapable questions — of love, hate, belonging, vocation, meaning, death?

As one of our recent students declared: “There is no way to describe how much the Humanities Program has influenced my life.” He certainly doesn’t have everything figured out as a result of his studies at Milligan College, but he has invaluable tools, not only to make a living, but to make sense out of life. A college education doesn’t get any better than that.

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Intercultural Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Intercultural Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

The Intercultural Studies minor is designed for those students who major in a discipline other than Bible (Missions) and desire to practice their respective vocations in an international context.

The Intercultural Studies minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will express the importance of their faith and the impact of Christian Scriptures in activities such as the following: written and oral discussions, participation in communities of faith, involvement in Bible studies, and faith-inspired service.
  • Students will demonstrate social responsibility in numerous ways, such as serving in churches, on the mission field (domestic and foreign), and with social agencies; mentoring, nurturing, and protecting others; and displaying increased understanding of and experience with other cultures.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

B.A., B.S.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

School of Arts & Humanities, School of Bible & Ministry, School of Sciences & Allied Health, School of Social Sciences & Education, William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is reserved for the exceptionally qualified student who desires to pursue a degree individually crafted to address the student’s talents and interests, and which is not already an established major within Milligan College. Such a major allows a student to pursue an interest that is most meaningful to the student or to prepare for a specific career requiring a broad range of knowledge.

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International Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

International Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

The international studies minor is designed to complement a wide range of majors such as Business Administration, Communications, Nursing, Bible, History, Sociology, and others. It is relevant for any student who wishes to come to a deeper understanding of global events or who desires to work in the international arena. The minor equips persons desiring to work in economic development, missions, humanitarian aid, human rights organizations, diplomacy, or international education.

The international studies minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and social sciences,
  • Students will gain important preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession in an interconnected world.

The international studies minor provides a foundation in the study of a broad range of international phenomena, including, but not limited to, governance, economic development, humanitarian aid, non-governmental organizations, and conflict.

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Language Arts

B.A.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Language Arts

School of Social Sciences & Education

The language arts major supports the following goal of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts . . . and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.

Graduates who earn a language arts major go on to teach in public and private schools, to study library science/information technology, and to work in marketing, customer assistance, and other aspects of the business world.

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Leadership (Certificate)

Certificate

School of Social Sciences & Education

Leadership (Certificate)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Study leading toward a Certificate in Leadership is specifically designed for students in any major who want to cultivate their skills in critical thinking and analysis within the field of leadership development, who want to understand how various leadership theories can be applied within groups and organizations, and who want to become effective leaders in their personal and professional lives. The Certificate in Leadership combines both a) focused academic studies and b) supervised, assessed, co-curricular activities to provide students with conceptual competencies and practical skills. These will enable students to engage their professional, volunteer, and personal environments as effective servants-leaders. A central purpose of the certificate program is to provide a well-designed leadership complement for the students’ respective majors.

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Legal Studies

Minor

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Legal Studies

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The legal studies minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

See “Business Administration” for more information about the business administration major with legal studies concentration.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

The Master of Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for roles of leadership in business. Students’ knowledge of the major functional areas within business is reinforced while a commitment to Christian values and ethical conduct prepares students to meet the challenges of a highly competitive business environment with integrity and character. The program is a cohort-based, 32-credit hour degree delivered over approximately 14 months, divided into four semesters. Classes meet approximately one Saturday each month and continue via extensive Internet-based contact with fellow students and with faculty in the period between class sessions. The combination of weekend class meetings and distance-based components is well suited for mature, working students. The Director of Graduate Admissions-MBA or the MBA Program Coordinator should be contacted for current schedules and cohort start dates.

The Master of Business Administration program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

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Master of Education Program (M.Ed.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Master of Education Program (M.Ed.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program includes both initial licensure and advanced degree options.

The initial licensure degree is typically a fifteen-month professional educational program that prepares teachers for the high level of competence expected by public and private educational institutions. The initial licensure and advanced programs increase both the quality and quantity of the educational experiences for teachers in professional education.

The advanced program is designed for licensed teachers who teach at the early childhood, elementary, or secondary level and who wish to develop professionally. The advanced program increases both the quality and quantity of the educational experiences for teachers in professional education. Students may finish the 36-hour advanced degree program in two years, including fall, spring, and summer courses. Students may also choose to extend course work beyond the typical two-year period. Courses may be taken on-line or in a traditional classroom.

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Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

School of Social Sciences & Education

The mission of the counseling program aligns with the College mission (“As a Christian liberal arts college, Milligan College seeks to honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders”) and objectives by preparing men and women to pursue licensure as Licensed Professional Counselors or as Licensed School Counselors.

Because Milligan is a Christian college, part of the required coursework includes an ongoing discussion and examination of the theoretical and practical aspects of the integration of faith and learning. Students in the counseling program should demonstrate a sense of ministry through their knowledge of counseling and their willingness to use their knowledge in service and ministry to others.

The School Counseling tracks (Tracks One and Two) are either a two-year, 48 credit hour curriculum (for those students who are already licensed teachers) or a two-year 54 credit hour curriculum (for those students who are not licensed teachers). The curricula consist of 27 credit hours in core courses in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas; 9 credit hours of clinical experience (practicum and internship); and 12 hours in courses involving counseling and assessment of children and adolescents and other issues specific to educational settings. Those students who are not licensed teachers complete 6 additional hours in curriculum methods and education of exceptional students.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track (Track Three) is a two-year, 60 credit hour curriculum that consists of 42 credit hours of required coursework in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas; 9 credit hours of clinical experience (practicum and internships); and 9 elective hours from selected topics such as crisis intervention, substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, child sexual abuse, end of life issues, and physiological psychology and psychopharmacology.

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate social responsibility in numerous ways, such as serving in churches, on the mission field (domestic and foreign), and with social agencies; mentoring, nurturing, and protecting others; and displaying increased understanding of and experience with other cultures.
  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for both the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program promotes integration and utilization of theory and practice in the art and science of occupational therapy and prepares students to meet the entry-level standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed for students who have an earned bachelor’s degree and who have completed the prerequisite requirements for admission to the program. Baccalaureate degrees can be in a variety of academic areas, some of which include human performance and exercise science, human development, sociology, biology, and psychology.

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Mathematics

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Mathematics

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The major is designed for students interested in careers in mathematics, teaching, and industry. It prepares students for employment in government or industry, teaching in high schools or middle schools, or for graduate study in mathematics.

Graduates with a major in mathematics are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the core areas of knowledge in mathematics which includes calculus (analysis), algebra, and logic;
  2. Demonstrate analytical thinking and problem solving skills relevant to the analysis of abstract mathematical ideas and the solving of applied mathematical problems;
  3. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary to convey abstract mathematical ideas clearly to their peers and others who require such information;
  4. Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of careers which use mathematics as well as receive preparation sufficient for further study in mathematics.

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Milligan Honors

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Milligan Honors

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The Milligan Honors Program aims to enhance the learning experience of Milligan’s most outstanding students by providing distinctive opportunities, academic challenges, and interdisciplinary experiences. Honors students have the chance to be part of a community that is continually encouraged to ask difficult questions, apply knowledge outside the classroom, and embrace their roles as servant-leaders. Honors Program participants are eligible for the Jeanes Honors Scholarship, full-tuition scholarships, and for academic merit scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000.

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Missions

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Missions

School of Bible & Ministry

Missions service to the global church has always been central to the educational mission and purpose of Milligan College, whether that service takes place locally or in more distant regions of the world. For persons whose primary commitment is to the mission mandate of the church, the college “provides opportunities for education in Bible . . .” which are “shaped by a Christian world view.”

The course of missions study at Milligan College is designed primarily to prepare people for missions’ leadership ministry in the church. For this reason, its strength has long resided in its interdisciplinary structure, offering students a wide diversity of missions options via examples from church history, more contemporary situations, and internship placements.

The concentration is a part of the Bible major since an understanding of the universe and one’s own place in it is predicated upon an understanding of God’s purposes as revealed in the scriptures. However, because effective missionary ministry also entails an understanding of human nature, missions study at Milligan College incorporates a solid foundation in the social sciences. It is this unique combination of the two disciplines — Bible and sociology — which comprises the core of Milligan’s missions concentration.

Milligan College expects those who graduate with a missions concentration to:

  1. Be prepared for service in a missions leadership role in the church;
  2. Be able, in culturally appropriate ways, to prepare and preach sermons or teach lessons which have solid scriptural content;
  3. Have a good foundation in biblical, church historical, social, and practical studies for lifelong learning;
  4. Be well-prepared to pursue seminary or graduate education; and
  5. Provide a solid example, as a humble student of scripture and the world,. of following Jesus in daily living.

 

 

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Multimedia Journalism

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Multimedia Journalism

School of Arts & Humanities

The multimedia journalism minor emphasizes skills and professional knowledge for students who are pursuing majors in other academic areas. This minor would be appropriate for students who have a strong interest in journalism but wish to graduate with a major in another field and for students who may wish to apply their major area of study to publication in non-academic settings such as newspapers, web sites, and magazines.

See “Communications” for more information about the communications major with multimedia journalism emphasis.

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Music

B.A., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Music

School of Arts & Humanities

Founded on a rich musical heritage and maintained by an outstanding and supportive music faculty, the music program at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers. Participating in music at Milligan also allows students and faculty to experience new levels of worship and service.

Students can pursue music in a variety of degree programs including music education, performance, jazz studies, music business, and music ministry. Milligan students in other majors can also elect music courses to enrich their liberal arts education and participate in the many vocal and instrumental ensembles offered.

Milligan music graduates teach at all levels of music education, serve in music ministry positions, conduct professional music organizations, teach studio music, and perform professionally. Graduates of the music area have pursued further music studies at institutions throughout the United States and abroad.

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Music Business

B.A., B.S.

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Business

School of Arts & Humanities

Milligan is excited to offer a new program in music business beginning Fall 2014. Music business degrees are hybrid degree programs made up from courses in the following areas: music, communications, business, and marketing/PR. Milligan’s new program consists of a music major with a required minor in Business Administration.

A hallmark of this program is that students get to spend a semester studying at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville with some of the most experienced and skilled professionals in the field.

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Music Education

B.A.

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Education

School of Arts & Humanities

The music curriculum at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers The primary goal of the Music Area is to produce well-trained musicians who enjoy music and music making while also viewing music as a way to enhance and improve the quality of life.

The music education curriculum is designed as an interdisciplinary program for the student planning a career in teaching music. Licensure is K-12 vocal/general or K-12 instrumental. This degree requires nine semesters of study.

Emphases are available in vocal or instrumental music education.

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Music Ministry

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Ministry

School of Arts & Humanities

Founded on a rich musical heritage and maintained by an outstanding and supportive music faculty, the music program at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers. Participating in music at Milligan also allows students and faculty to experience new levels of worship and service.

The music ministry minor fits well with numerous majors. The study of music ministry may serve to foster students’ avocational interests as well as prepare them for more concentrated music studies in the future.

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Nursing

B.S.N.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Nursing

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares students for professional nursing career opportunities and for graduate study. Upon  completion of all BSN degree  requirements, graduates of the program may apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

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Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

B.S.N.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Milligan College offers an adult degree completion program with a major in nursing available to registered nurses who want to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This major is designed for adults who have completed 27 or more semester hours of college credit and are employed as a Registered Nurse. Degree candidates must also complete the college’s general education core of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and Bible as well as an appropriate number of elective courses. Inquiries are addressed to the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies at 423.461.8782.

The adult degree completion program in RN to BSN supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The adult degree completion program in RN to BSN prepares students for professional nursing career opportunities and for graduate study.

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Paramedical Fields

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Paramedical Fields

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students may choose to pursue a variety of medicine-related career opportunities such as optometry, physician assistant, podiatry, veterinarian, et al. Each of these programs has its own prescribed set of requirements which students fulfill prior to seeking admission to these programs. Several science area faculty have responsibilities for advising students interested in these careers; students should inquire of the Area Chair of Scientific Learning to be assigned to the appropriate adviser.

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Pastoral Ministry

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Pastoral Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

Ministry or service, especially in the name of Christ, provides the fullest expression of realizing what Milligan College seeks to achieve. Motivation for ministry must come from “A Positive, Personal Christian Faith that Jesus is Lord and Savior” (the first statement of Milligan’s Mission Statement) or it will never be effective or long lasting. Likewise, “A Commitment to Follow the Teachings of the Christian Scripture in One’s Personal and Social Ethics,” “The Capacity to Recognize and Assume Responsibility in Society,” and “The Knowledge, Meaning, and Application of Sound Scholarship” all find opportune expression in Christian ministry. All of these are addressed specifically in the Bible major.

The Pastoral Ministry minor prepares people for serving Christ in a variety of ways, especially as a bi-vocational or volunteer leader. With the basic concept of Milligan College that “every Christian is a minister” of some type, this minor can prepare people specifically for service in a church setting or a church-related organization. Classes with this focus form a significant part of each major in the area of biblical learning, and the use of them as a minor provides a supplement to whatever other major is selected, positioning a person for effective service in a broad range of roles.

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Philosophy

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Philosophy

School of Arts & Humanities

The philosophy minor supports the following goal of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts…and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.

Philosophy involves a thorough examination of the most fundamental questions facing human beings. At Milligan, courses in philosophy are designed to foster the ability to think critically and analytically, communicate clearly and logically, interact with the philosophic tradition, and explore the relationship between philosophy and the Christian faith. Courses in philosophy also aid students in acquiring the intellectual skills needed for integrating knowledge in all areas of human inquiry. As a result, the philosophy minor helpfully complements nearly any major in the liberal arts, offering additional training and experience in critical thinking. Students planning to attend seminary or law school are particularly encouraged to consider the benefits of a philosophy minor.

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Photography

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Photography

School of Arts & Humanities

The photography minor fits well with numerous majors including but not limited to Bible, business administration, communications, and humanities. The study of photography may serve to foster students’ vocational interests as well as prepare them for more concentrated photography studies in the future.

A student may declare a fine arts major with a photography emphasis. For more information on the Fine Arts major with photography emphasis, see “Fine Arts.”

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Physical Education

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Physical Education

School of Social Sciences & Education

The physical education minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for both the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.
  • Students will participate in the activities of a healthy lifestyle such as intramurals, intercollegiate sports, musical and theatrical groups, student clubs, student government, and other campus-sponsored extracurricular endeavors, in preparation for life-long participation in similar activities.

The skills and knowledge gained through the physical education minor allow students to pursue jobs in community, school, recreational, or industrial settings and provides a springboard into various graduate programs. Additional courses are required for teacher licensure

For more information about the Human Performance and Exercise Science major with physical education concentration, see Human Performance and Exercise Science.

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Physical Science

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physical Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The physical science minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for both the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.
  • Students may seek to have a general exposure to the fields of chemistry and physics through the physical science minor. The flexibility which this minor allows a student who is interested in science as a complement to their chosen major may encourage more students to pursue their interest in the physical sciences.

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Physics

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physics

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The physics course offerings give students a background appropriate for various careers. PHYS 104 Earth and Space Science is intended to give non-science majors a broad exposure to general concepts. PHYS 203 and 204 General Physics I and II/Calculus are the required one-year physics sequence for chemistry majors and are chosen by many biology majors to fulfill requirements of post-baccalaureate programs.

The Physics minor is designed to supplement or enhance career plans for students in other majors. The minor provides a solid foundation in physics for students planning to teach high school sciences, as part of their preparation to become a highly qualified physics teacher alongside teaching another subject. Students in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics who choose to minor in Physics will also find themselves prepared to use the analytical skills and physics principles in technical careers or in graduate and professional education in medicine, sciences or engineering. Students considering further study that integrates physics, such as engineering or applied sciences, should consult a faculty adviser to determine whether the minor in physics meets the prerequisites for their chosen post-baccalaureate programs.

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Political Science

B.A., Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Political Science

School of Social Sciences & Education

The political science major is designed for those who wish to understand politics, effectively engage the world around them, and make a difference. It prepares students to study law, work in government service, research, or teach in a school setting. The political science curriculum provides a broad foundation in the study of American political history, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory.

Two concentrations are available: the General Concentration and the International Politics Concentration. The General Concentration is designed for those students who desire a broad foundation in all areas of politics, while the International Politics Concentration prepares students to engage political realities within the context of global studies. Students may also choose to participate in the American Studies Program or to study abroad in consultation with their adviser.

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Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Dentistry

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both medical schools and dental schools have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-health adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Seeking admission to either medical school or dental school is a highly competitive process with a wide variety of applicant attributes given consideration such as overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT/DAT score, number of hours worked in a medical setting and types of experiences, strength of recommendation letters, and interview quality. Milligan College graduates have been quite successful in obtaining admission to medical and dental schools throughout the nation. Additional information may be obtained from the pre-medical and pre-dental advisers.

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Pre-Law

Pre-Professional Program

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Pre-Law

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Milligan College does not recommend or offer a major in “pre-law” as such. This stand is in keeping with both the broad educational philosophy of Milligan College and the philosophy expressed by the Statement of the Association of American Law Schools on Prelegal Education. American law schools do not encourage the undergraduate student to “learn the law,” but rather stress the necessity of the pre-law student’s acquiring certain comprehensive skills, such as “comprehension and expression in words,” “critical understanding of human institutions and values,” and the development of “creative power of thinking.” While a student planning for a specific phase of the law (e.g., tax law) may find certain undergraduate majors or courses desirable (e.g., business or accounting), any solid academic major is equally acceptable to American law schools and recommended by Milligan College.

Students considering law school who wish to have exposure to foundational legal subjects are encouraged to obtain a minor in Legal Studies. The courses in Milligan’s Legal Studies minor are designed to enhance knowledge of the American legal system, the legal profession and foundational legal topics. Embracing a Christian world-view, the Legal Studies minor will help students develop an appreciation for the unique responsibility Christian legal professionals have in society.

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Pre-Medicine

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Medicine

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both medical schools and dental schools have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-health adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Seeking admission to either medical school or dental school is a highly competitive process with a wide variety of applicant attributes given consideration such as overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT/DAT score, number of hours worked in a medical setting and types of experiences, strength of recommendation letters, and interview quality. Milligan College graduates have been quite successful in obtaining admission to medical and dental schools throughout the nation. Additional information may be obtained from the pre-medical and pre-dental advisers.

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Pre-Optometry

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Optometry

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in becoming an optometrist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to an optometry program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited optometry college, 28 hours of first-year optometry courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-optometry coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

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Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Pharmacy

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in becoming a pharmacist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to a pharmacy program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited pharmacy college, 28 hours of first-year pharmacy courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-pharmacy coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

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Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Physical Therapy

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both physical and occupational therapy graduate programs have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-Physical Therapy adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

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Psychology

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Psychology

School of Social Sciences & Education

The psychology curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of substantive psychological knowledge both as a natural science and as a social science. The major and minor provide a broad background in psychology and offer students the opportunities, if desired, to pursue specialization in an interest area.

The field of psychology has been undergoing rapid change. New professional opportunities are constantly evolving.  In response to this change, students may choose one of two emphases to fulfill the requirements for a degree in psychology.

  • The general psychology emphasis offers flexibility while also ensuring that students have a broad understanding of the field and its applications. Students who plan to pursue teaching licensure or careers in areas other than psychology (e.g., youth ministry) may find this emphasis appealing.
  • The pre-professional concentration is designed to prepare students for post-graduate education in psychology or related fields (e.g., occupational therapy). Students choosing the pre-professional concentration will learn about the available careers in psychology and the kinds of graduate programs available.

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Public Leadership and Service

B.A.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Public Leadership and Service

School of Social Sciences & Education

The public leadership and service major prepares students to be Christian leaders for both private and public arenas, but especially in the public service areas such as non-profit organizations and governmental service.  In particular, graduates of this program should be prepared to:

  1. Take the ministry of Jesus Christ to those who need to be fed, clothed, protected, and defended as the least in the world,
  2. Produce public services ministers who in government and agency settings will advocate effectively the needs of the least and humblest of these,
  3. Develop advocates who are able to speak articulately to the issues of social justice and diversity for all of the citizens of one’s community, nation, and world.

Graduates with a major in public leadership and service are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of political, sociological, communication, and economic theory to be equipped for service in public agencies,
  2. Demonstrate the ability to engage in independent research in a particular subject dealing with public service and leadership,
  3. Demonstrate an increased awareness of issues involving public service through breadth of courses and a field work experience, and,
  4. Demonstrate the development of leadership skills necessary for engaging ethically and actively in the public arena.

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Public Relations and Advertising

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Public Relations and Advertising

School of Arts & Humanities

The Public Relations and Advertising minor emphasizes skills and professional knowledge for students who are pursuing majors in other academic areas. This minor would be appropriate for students who have a strong interest in public relations but wish to graduate with a major in another field. This minor would work well for those majoring in Business Administration.  Students who wish to minor in Public Relations and Advertising are encouraged to meet with the professor over the Public Relations and Advertising major and minor.

A student may declare a communications major with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Communications.”

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Social Work

B.S.W., Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Social Work

School of Social Sciences & Education

The Social Work curriculum emphasizes the principles, ethics, and practices of accredited social work programs within the context of a Christian liberal arts college. The major and minor are designed to ensure that each student receives a broad background in social work fundamentals and social work practices. The curriculum is designed for the student who desires to pursue a ministry of service to the human community in work with social agencies and/or other fields of social work, or who is preparing to pursue graduate education in the field.

A graduate with a major in social work will demonstrate the core competencies of social work generalist practice, in that the graduate will:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

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Sociology

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Sociology

School of Social Sciences & Education

The sociology curriculum emphasizes the principles and application of sociological knowledge. The major and minor are designed to ensure that each student receives a broad background in sociology. The sociology curriculum is designed for the student preparing for a variety of careers, including but not limited to academic sociology (research and/or teaching), and social agency and social service work. The sociology curriculum also contributes to the application of sociological principles to daily life.

Graduates with a major in sociology are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of core concepts in sociology and qualitative and quantitative research and analysis skills appropriate to the field of sociology;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of and appreciation for people who differ from themselves in cultural background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender or other socially significant characteristics;
  3. Participate in community service that will both enhance their understanding of course materials and give them experience that will assist them in starting on a lifetime commitment to service; and
  4. Be prepared for acceptance into a graduate program in sociology or a related field.

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Spanish

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Spanish

School of Arts & Humanities

The Spanish program emphasizes the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. While the primary focus is on developing competency in communication, the secondary Spanish licensure program and the Spanish minor provide a foundation in the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Graduates may pursue careers in teaching, in translating and interpreting (with additional study), in the tourism and hospitality industry, or in the diplomatic services. Spanish is a valuable asset in international business and in international agencies. In certain regions, Spanish is necessary for elementary and high school teachers of all subject areas and for social service careers.

The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

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Teacher Licensure

School of Social Sciences & Education

Teacher Licensure

School of Social Sciences & Education

The undergraduate teacher education program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will demonstrate social responsibility in numerous ways, such as serving in churches, on the mission field (domestic and foreign), and with social agencies; mentoring, nurturing, and protecting others; and displaying increased understanding of and experience with other cultures.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The undergraduate teacher education program is designed to serve persons who plan to obtain professional licensure for teaching in early childhood (serving children from birth through grade three), elementary (serving children kindergarten through sixth grade), middle grades (serving children from grades four through eight), secondary (serving children from grades seven through twelve), special education PreK-3, and selected K-12 specialty fields (music, physical education, theatre, and visual arts). Students interested in teaching in elementary schools may select early childhood (early elementary grades), elementary (K-6), and/or middle grades (upper elementary) programs of study. Education students may also choose to pursue careers in professional settings other than schools, e.g., child development programs, church settings, and post-secondary institutions.

The Milligan College teacher education faculty is committed to nurture and develop caring and reflective teachers, those who reflect continually on their practice in search of excellence, and who care deeply about the students and families they serve. Knowing that every child deserves a quality teacher, we are committed to developing in our teacher candidates the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to succeed in contemporary schools. Undergraduate and graduate initial licensure programs of study are available.

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Theatre Arts

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Theatre Arts

School of Arts & Humanities

The theatre arts minor fits well with numerous majors including but not limited to Bible, business administration, communications, English, film studies, history, humanities, and psychology. The study of theatre may serve to foster students’ vocational interests as well as prepare them for more concentrated theatre studies in the future.

A student may declare a fine arts major with a theatre arts concentration. For more information about the fine arts major with theatre arts concentration, see “Fine Arts.”

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Women's Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Women's Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

The women’s studies minor supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and . . . social sciences,
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life . . . and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession

The women’s studies minor is designed to educate and empower women to make wise informed choices and apply all their abilities. The minor will help both women and men learn to value the contributions of women in leadership and recognize, affirm, and cultivate women’s leadership gifts. The minor is intentionally interdisciplinary, incorporating psychology, sociology, literature, history, theology, professional studies and the arts.

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Worship Leadership

B.A., Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Worship Leadership

School of Bible & Ministry

Few ministry roles have such an immediate impact on churches today as the Worship Leader. Milligan College seeks to prepare people for such leadership through a combination of biblical studies, historical awareness, general ministry preparation, and artistic skills. We believe that leading worship of God through Jesus Christ demands the best of knowledge and ability, but also the spiritual depth and integrity to help others worship “in spirit and truth.” Consequently, this major is a combination of portions of the Bible major and of music and fine arts. Students are encouraged to take more of the classes in either discipline for additional benefit, but the combination in the requirements for this major will provide a good starting point and sufficient tools to build a solid and lasting ministry.

Worship leadership prepares a student to participate in the ministry staff of a local church and lead Christian people in worship that is scripturally sound and musically or artistically competent. By building on the basic education received in this Milligan degree program, a student can appropriately develop the worship and musical or artistic strengths of a church and personally function in other ministry roles if needed or desired. The liberal arts foundation and the cross-concentration in ministry focus provide an excellent platform on which to stand and lead, or to continue to build more specialized leadership.

Milligan College expects those who graduate with a worship leadership major to:

  1. Be equipped to lead worship in a way that conveys the fullness of mind and spirit before God – communicating with and for the current culture but still retaining the strength of scriptural faith and Christian history;
  2. Be prepared for service in a leadership role of ministry in the church and be able to function as a part of a team/staff relationship;
  3. Be able to understand, work with, and lead others in expressions of worship through musical, dramatic, and/or visual arts;
  4. Be well-equipped to pursue seminary or graduate education; and
  5. Provide a solid example, as a humble student of scripture and the world, of following Jesus in daily living.

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Youth Ministry

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Youth Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

The youth ministry concentration in the Bible major prepares people to lead in ministering to and with young people, and that may include those from early childhood up through early adulthood. Both youth ministers and children’s ministers will find this major effective in basic preparation for service, as will campus ministers, workers with various parachurch ministries such as camps, youth organizations, evangelism efforts and many more. Because of the strong foundation incorporated into this concentration, people will have basic preparation to move into other areas of ministry from a traditional role.

Milligan College expects those who graduate with a Bible major and a concentration in youth ministry to:

  1. Be equipped to stay abreast of current changes in youth culture and communicate effectively through all those changes;
  2. Be prepared for service in a leadership role of ministry in the church and able to function as part of a team/staff relationship;
  3. Have a good foundation in biblical, church historical, and practical studies in order to prepare and deliver sound teaching to youth and to continue in lifelong learning;
  4. Be well-equipped to pursue seminary or graduate education; and
  5. Provide a solid example, as a humble student of scripture and the world, of following Jesus in daily living.

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