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Milligan offering master’s in iconic humanities program

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (October 5, 2017)—Known to Milligan College students as the foundation to their Christian liberal arts experience, the college’s humanities program helps prepare students for not only their individual majors, but their graduate studies and careers.

Starting in Fall 2018, students can pursue a Master of Arts in Humanities (MAH) at Milligan, which focuses on world history, literature, philosophy and fine arts. This flexible, online and face-to-face 30-hour graduate program facilitates interdisciplinary study and draws on the strengths of the college’s core humanities program. The MAH program can be completed in as few as one-and-a-half years and offers three main concentrations: cultural studies; global studies; and arts, faith and community.

Dr. Heather Hoover, director of the MAH program, said that the graduate humanities program will help students prepare for a variety of careers or further graduate study.

“Our master’s in humanities program speaks to the very essence of who we are and what we do here at Milligan,” said Hoover. “The program will afford students the opportunity to continue deliberate, intentional reflection on what it means to be human through a rigorous but customizable program. The MAH engages the spirit of the humanities in fruitful and productive ways, and in doing so, intensifies and complements our understanding of life together.”

For Autumn Pruitt, a 2009 graduate who now owns and operates a bakery and three coffee shops in Omaha, Nebraska, her humanities and business administration majors helped her create a strategic business plan.

“Because I already had the goal to open my own bakery and coffeehouse as I entered college, I was able to apply everything I learned in humanities to this specific goal,” said Pruitt. “The humanities program helped me clarify guiding principles about our business that we still hold to today. For us, specialty coffee is not just about providing a great product, but the opportunity to use that product as a tool for connectedness.”

Students also will have the opportunity to travel on the annual Humanities European Study Tour, where they not only learn but explore firsthand sites of historical and cultural significance.

The MAH program also is seeking accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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