Undergraduate Research & Writing

Success in college, as well as your future professional endeavors, requires good writing skills. The ability to think critically and write effectively, utilizing the conventions of standard written English, is an essential outcome of a Milligan education.

The Milligan College Composition Program offers a 2-semester sequence that begins with a focus on rhetoric and argument during the spring semester of the freshman year. The initial foundation in argumentation prepares students to read, think, and write critically in preparation for work in all disciplines. Students learn the art of rhetoric: how to recognize effective arguments, how to construct effective arguments, and how various rhetorical situations shape the context of effective communication.

As sophomores, students begin to focus on advanced analysis and synthesis in the broader context of the Humanities and of their specific disciplines. This unique course prepares students to think, read, and write in upper division liberal arts classes as well as in their various fields. Students build on the first semester's rhetorical foundation by focusing on different citation styles, longer essays, and multi-faceted argumentation.

The Writing Faculty showcases some of the most innovative and well-written research in a Research Forum at the end of the semester. Here are samples of student work:

The Giving Body:  The Need for Familial Dependency in the American Church
by Colin Blowers 

Life on the Fast Track:  The Tragic Absence of Fasting in Christianity Today
by Katie Cachiaras

Blind Justice:  Why People in Modern Society Justify Acts of Vigilantism
by Chris Dove                     

Homosexuals in the Church:  The Importance of Acceptance
by Julianna Gibson                    

Fairytale Reality:  The Message of Disney Princess Fairytales and their Influence on Girls’ Relationships
by Krista Jackson      

Traditional Healing and Western Medicine:  Segregation or Integration?
by Caroline Kangwa       

It’s Your Duty to Be Beautiful:  Media’s Increasing Demand for Thinness in Correlation with Eating Disorder Phenomenon
by Danielle Morin

 

Writing Proficiency
Success in college, as well as your future professional endeavors, requires good writing skills. The ability to think critically and write effectively, utilizing the conventions of standard written English, is an essential outcome of a Milligan education. Milligan College therefore requires many of our entering students -– both first-time and transfer students –- to complete a writing sample prior to enrollment in the college. Click here for details.