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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. Check out Milligan’s academic schools »

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. Read more about our commitment to be a Christ-centered college »

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. As a liberal arts college, Milligan requires all undergraduate students to complete a CORE CURRICULUM, regardless of their major area of study. The core curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad foundation for life-long learning and for further study in specific disciplines. Part of this core is a unique interdisciplinary HUMANITIES PROGRAM that 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. We hire respected Christian faculty who value good teaching, discovery, and experiential learning, so students learn from leading thinkers and professionals. 60% of our professors have taught at Milligan for 10 or more years. 80% have terminal degrees. We do not use teaching or graduate assistants, only professors who are qualified, credentialed, and have established teaching experience. Our low student-faculty ratio of 12:1 means lots of personal attention and a better educational experience.

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.

Academic Schools

Milligan is organized into five academic schools which reflect the Areas of Learning first proposed for Milligan College by President Dean Walker in 1959. Our academic programs are sub-grouped by Area to demonstrate that, under the sovereignty of God, all learning is one.

Dr. Walker described this structure this way: “There is value in recognizing the few basic areas of learning given to man—that which comes from the revelation of God, that which derives from human experience, and that which is seen in nature. Milligan provides for the isolation of these areas of knowledge, only with the understanding that this division of studies will be made the instrument of greater cooperation and sympathy between the several fields of scholarly investigation.”

School of Arts & Humanities

Craig S. Farmer, Associate Dean

The Area of Humane Learning

(Craig S. Farmer, Area Chair)

Majors
English
History
Humanities
Spanish

Minors
English
History
Humanities
Philosophy
Spanish

Master’s
Master of Arts in Humanities

The Area of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts

(Carrie B. Swanay, Area Chair)

Majors
Communications

with concentrations in Cinema, Digital Media Studies, Interpersonal and Public Communication, Multimedia Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising

Fine Arts

with concentrations in Art, Cinema, Music, Photography, Theatre Arts

Graphic Design

Music Performance

Music Business

Music Education

with concentrations in Vocal and Instrumental

Minors
Art
Cinema
Communications
Digital Media Studies
Graphic Design
Multimedia Journalism
Music
Musical Theatre
Photography
Public Relations & Advertising
Theatre Arts

SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES »

School of Bible & Ministry

Philip Kenneson, Associate Dean

The Area of Biblical Learning

(Philip Kenneson, Area Chair)

Majors
Biblical and Theological Studies
Children’s Ministry
Church Leadership
Intercultural Studies
Student Ministry
Worship Leadership

Minors
Bible
Biblical Languages
Children’s Ministry
Church Leadership
Greek
Intercultural Studies
Student Ministry
Worship Leadership

Emmanuel Christian Seminary

(Rollin A. Ramsaran, Academic Dean of the Seminary)

Master’s
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Religion
Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

Doctoral
Doctor of Ministry
SCHOOL OF BIBLE & MINISTRY »

William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology

Carolyn W. Carter, Associate Dean

The Area of Business

(David A. Campbell, Area Chair and Director of the M.B.A.)

Majors
Accounting
Business Administration

with concentrations in Accounting, Economics, Finance, General, Health Sector Management, International Business, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Secondary Education Licensure, Sports Management

Business Administration: Adult Degree Completion with concentrations in Management and Operations Management

Economics

Minors
Accounting
Business Administration
Economics
Health Sector Management
Legal Studies

Master’s
Master of Business Administration

with concentrations in Health Sector Management, Leadership, and Operations Management

The Area of Computer Science

(Carolyn W. Carter, Area Chair)

Majors
Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems Mobile: Adult Degree Completion
Computer Science

Minors
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science

The Area of Engineering

(Greg S. Harrell, Area Chair and Director)

Majors
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY »

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Melinda K. Collins, Associate Dean

The Area of Exercise Science

(John C. Simonsen, Area Chair)

Majors
Exercise Science

with concentrations in Coaching for Performance, Fitness and Wellness, Physical Education, Pre-Professional, Sports Management

Minors
Coaching
Exercise Science
Fitness and Wellness
Physical Education

The Area of Nursing

(Melinda K. Collins, Area Chair and Director)

Major
Nursing
Nursing (RN to BSN): Adult Degree Completion

The Area of Occupational Therapy

(Jeff Snodgrass, Area Chair and Director)

Master’s
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

The Area of Physician Assistant Studies

Andrew W. Hull, Area Chair and Director)

Master’s
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

The Area of Scientific Learning

(Brian M. Eisenback, Area Chair)

Majors
Allied Health Science (pre-pharmacy, pre-optometry)
Biology
Chemistry
Mathematics

Minors
Biology
Chemistry
General Science
Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics
SCHOOL OF SCIENCES & ALLIED HEALTH » 

School of Social Sciences & Education

Susan G. Higgins, Associate Dean

The Area of Education

(Angela Hilton-Prillhart, Area Chair)

Majors
Child and Youth Development
Child and Youth Development: Adult Degree Completion

Master’s
Master of Education

Education Specialist

Doctoral
Doctor of Education

The Area of Social Learning

(Susan G. Higgins, Area Chair)

Majors
Political Science

with concentrations in International Politics and General

Psychology

with concentrations in General and Pre-professional

Social Work
Sociology

Minors
Ethnic Studies
International Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Social Work
Sociology
Women’s and Gender Studies

Master’s
Master of Science in Counseling

with concentrations in Counseling, School Counseling with Licensure, and School Counseling without Licensure

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & EDUCATION »

 

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Reputation & Accreditation

National Recognition

Milligan has been named one of the best colleges in the South numerous times by U.S. News & World Report and is consistently named to Washington Monthly‘s list of top colleges in the nation. The College continues to be recognized for outstanding academics and its commitment to servant-leadership.

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Institutional Accreditation

SACSCOC: Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral 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.

Specialized/Program Accreditations

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 accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

ATS: Emmanuel Christian Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110, phone 412-788-6505. The following degree programs are approved by the Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, and Doctor of Ministry.

ACBSP: Milligan College is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Contact the ACBSP at 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213 or call 913-339-9356 for questions about Milligan College’s membership.

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 Schools of Nursing

Academic Programs

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Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's

B.A., B.S.

Interdisciplinary

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's

Interdisciplinary

Get a head start on your graduate studies. Milligan offers several opportunities to save time and/or money through Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s plans. Learn more »

Early Acceptance Programs are also available in some areas. Learn more »

 

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Accounting

B.A., B.S., Major, Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Accounting

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Our accounting majors get a solid foundation leading into a variety of careers including internal auditing, tax preparation and planning, cost analysis, and advisory services in information systems design and implementation. Students develop leadership and management skills that are necessary for the successful planning, implementation, and control of the business enterprise, all rooted in a foundation of ethical and moral principles.

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Allied Health Science

B.S., Major

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.

Through special partnership agreements with ETSU, Mercer, and Union universities and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, students can complete three years at Milligan and four years at a pharmacy or optometry school to earn both a bachelor’s and doctorate degree in as few as seven years. They also can receive a guaranteed interview at these schools by meeting conditions of the specific agreements.

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Art

Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Art

School of Arts & Humanities

Milligan College offers a fine arts major with an art concentration. Students completing this program acquire a strong foundation in visual art skills, insights, and overall aesthetic awareness. Outstanding students are prepared to apply to graduate school, enabling them to teach college or to pursue careers as professional artists. The art world also provides numerous opportunities to well-trained creative young artists in related art vocations-gallery and museum work, arts organization jobs, and free-lance art. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Fine Arts.”

The art minor fits well with numerous majors, including but not limited to Biblebusiness administrationcommunicationshumanities, 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

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Bible

School of Bible & Ministry

Because the Bible minor is intended strictly as a study of scripture, it is suitable for any student, regardless of major, who desires a deeper foundation in the Bible. It consists of six courses, equally divided between Old Testament and New Testament and includes the basic survey classes (BIBL 123 and 124).

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Biblical and Theological Studies

B.A., Major

School of Bible & Ministry

Biblical and Theological Studies

School of Bible & Ministry

The Biblical and Theological Studies major provides a focused study of the Bible, church history, and theology to prepare for graduate studies in preparation for a vocation of teaching.

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Biblical Languages

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Biblical Languages

School of Bible & Ministry

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Biology

B.A., B.S., Major, Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Biology

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Biology majors prepare for careers in biomedical sciences, education, research, healthcare, wildlife management and forestry, forensic science, and government services. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of life science disciplines, selecting courses from microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, embryology, ecology, animal histology, genetics, flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians, environmental science, and anatomy and physiology.

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Business Administration

B.A., B.S., Major, Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Business Administration

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

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. This major allows the student to develop strong competency in business management and to choose from one of several concentrations, allowing for in-depth study in a specific field. Students can also choose to participate in the 10-week international Business Institute in Europe or one of several off-campus study programs offered through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Concentrations: Accounting, Economics, Finance, General, Health Sector Management, International Business, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Secondary Education Licensure, Sports Management

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Business Administration - Degree Completion

ADCP, 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, Graduate

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. 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.

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Chemistry

B.A., B.S., Major, Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Chemistry

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Chemistry majors prepare for careers in industry, research, engineering, technical sales, environmental sciences, public health, teaching, and biomedical sciences. Foundational knowledge of physics and math are gained as students concentrate in organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry, plus biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quantum chemistry, and computational chemistry.

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Child and Youth Development

B.A., B.S., Major

School of Social Sciences & Education

Child and Youth Development

School of Social Sciences & Education

The child and youth development major prepares persons who want careers 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

ADCP, B.A., B.S.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Child and Youth Development - Degree Completion

School of Social Sciences & Education

If you want to teach at the PreK-3, PreK-3 Special Education, or K-5 level in public or private schools OR serve in a leadership position in a child development center or church-related preschool, consider Milligan. In 18-23 months you can complete the Child and Youth Development major, and even opt to certify to teach PreK-3 / PreK-3 Special Education, or K-5 (with an option to add ESL P-12) with an additional semester of full-time student teaching. Classes meet only one night per week and tuition is affordable and within your reach.

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Children's Ministry

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Children's Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

The Children’s Ministry major prepares students for faithful, dynamic, and effective children’s ministry in local churches and other contexts. Ministers for both children and youth will find this program effective for service preparation, as will people working with camps, Christian schools, evangelistic efforts, and other parachurch ministries.

The Children’s Ministry major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Chinese

School of Arts & Humanities

Chinese

School of Arts & Humanities

The Chinese program aims to provide students with functional skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing modern standard Mandarin Chinese. The program offers both elementary and intermediate mandarin Chinese. Centered on daily topics, the class will learn and practice Chinese through guided discussions, exercises in pairs or groups, and linguistic and cultural awareness of the language. The two-year Chinese language program would benefit students who would like to use the language for undergraduate research, study abroad, graduate studies, business opportunities, employment, or missionary work.

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Church Leadership

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Church Leadership

School of Bible & Ministry

The Church Leadership major prepare students for faithful, dynamic, and effective leadership in local churches, as well preparation for seminary. Students are prepared to:

  • interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • reflect theologically on contemporary culture and to discern the challenges and opportunities for the church to embody a faithful presence within that culture
  • approach church leadership in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, and practical understandings of ministry
  • gain competency in preaching effectively
  • develop the personal and spiritual maturity necessary for church leadership

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Cinema

Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Cinema

School of Arts & Humanities

A student may declare a Communications major with a concentration in Cinema. A student may also major in Fine Arts with a Cinema concentration.

A fine arts concentration in cinema 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. The program culminates in two senior-level courses where faith and the arts are studied and where the student produces a short film for exhibition at the Milligan College One Act and Film Festival. Along with a semester of study at the Los Angeles Film Studies program, the Cinema concentration will prepare students for application to a graduate film school (where one may earn either a PhD or MFA in cinema) and eventual employment as a professor of cinema or for work within the motion picture industry.

For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Communications” or “Fine Arts.”

minor in Cinema 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.

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Coaching

Major, Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Coaching

School of Sciences & Allied Health

A student may declare an Exercise Science major with concentration in Coaching for Performance. A coaching minor is also available. These programs prepare students to coach in school or community settings or also to pursue graduate studies in coaching. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Exercise Science.”

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Communications

B.A., B.S., Major, 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.

Communications majors have opportunities for a wide range of careers in both mainstream media and church settings. They are distinguished by their solid theoretical knowledge, professional skills, and ability to think and act as Christians in a world where all media converge to form a set of compelling communications tools.

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Composition

School of Arts & Humanities

Composition

School of Arts & Humanities

The composition requirements of the college ensure that all graduates will be able to write effectively, utilizing the conventions of standard written English, and will be able to undertake basic academic research, employing a variety of learning resources and technologies. These courses are specifically designed to undergird the Milligan curriculum and to fit the major field of each student.

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Computer Information Systems

B.A., B.S., Major, 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

ADCP, 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., Major, 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

Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Digital Media Studies

School of Arts & Humanities

A student may declare a Communications major with a concentration in Digital Media Studies. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Communications.”

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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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Ed.D., Graduate

School of Social Sciences & Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Certify to become a principal or school administrator with the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. Or for those who don’t need a doctorate, the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) allows candidates to develop a specialized knowledge.

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Graduate

School of Bible & Ministry

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

School of Bible & Ministry

The practice of Christian ministry is an increasingly complex and demanding task. Although the standard pre-ministerial educational program (MDiv) already includes substantial credit hours beyond the baccalaureate, many ministers express a desire for a disciplined program of continuing education that will enable them to integrate their practical learnings in ministry with additional advanced-level course work. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree has been developed to meet these needs.

Increasing religious pluralism in the United States and Canada, the expansion of world religions, and the globalization of theological education call for more breadth and depth in the education of Christian leaders. Emmanuel Christian Seminary is committed to the world mission of the church. Thus, it offers the Doctor of Ministry degree with a concern for addressing the need for the continuing education among leading servants within the church.

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Early Childhood Education

Major

School of Social Sciences & Education

Early Childhood Education

School of Social Sciences & Education

If you want to work in early childhood education, then you will major in Child & Youth Development with a concentration in early childhood education. This major prepares persons who want careers working with children from birth through seventeen years of age. With the successful completion of the early childhood concentration and additional courses, the program can lead to licensure for persons who wish to teach in PreK-3 or K-5. The child and youth development program includes general education courses, core courses for the major, and a concentration in either early childhood administration, early childhood education, or youth program administration, and elective courses.

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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Economics

B.A., B.S., Major, Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Economics

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The economics major prepares students for careers in business or to go on to graduate school to prepare for careers as professional or academic economists.

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Education

School of Social Sciences & Education

Education

School of Social Sciences & Education

Milligan has prepared outstanding teachers for over 100 years. Today, Milligan alumni are leading educators in Northeast Tennessee and throughout the nation and world. NCATE accreditation means your degree from Milligan is instantly recognized throughout the country for its quality — you can qualify for licensure in Tennessee and can be licensed in other states.

Milligan offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in teacher education.

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Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Graduate

School of Social Sciences & Education

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Certify to become a principal or school administrator with the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. Or for those who don’t need a doctorate, the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) allows candidates to develop a specialized knowledge.

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Engineering

B.S., Major

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Engineering

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Milligan’s engineering program offers majors in electrical and mechanical engineering and is offered completely on the Milligan campus. 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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Engineering: Electrical

B.S., Major

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Engineering: Electrical

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The electrical engineering curriculum is designed for the student planning a career in the aerospace industry, construction industry, electronics industry, utilities industry and a broad spectrum of other business sectors.

 

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Engineering: Mechanical

B.S., Major

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Engineering: Mechanical

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed for the student planning a career in the automotive industry, construction industry, materials industry, consumer goods industry and a broad spectrum of other business sectors.

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English

B.A., Major, 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.

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 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

B.A., B.S., Major, Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Exercise Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

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, coaching, sports management, fitness and wellness, or exercise science.

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Finance

Major

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Finance

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Students can declare a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. The finance concentration provides students with a deeper exposure to modern financial theory related to asset pricing, portfolio development and the mechanisms by which economic factors influence financial markets. The concentration is recommended as an alternative for students interested in careers in banking, finance, or economics.

For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Business Administration.”

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Fine Arts

B.A., Major

School of Arts & Humanities

Fine Arts

School of Arts & Humanities

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Fitness and Wellness

Major, Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Fitness and Wellness

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students may major in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness and Wellness. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing Exercise Science (EXSC).

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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General Science

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

General Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

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.

Any student majoring in either biology or chemistry must choose the six courses required for the general science minor outside the field of biology or chemistry to satisfy the minor requirements.

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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 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

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Graphic Design

School of Arts & Humanities

The graphic design major prepares students to work in various industries and to be able to apply their visual communication skills in order to adjust to the inevitable changes in media that are ahead. This is accomplished through a curriculum blending critical analyses, theoretical issues, and practical skills. Central to the major is an approach to the study of graphic design from a distinctly Christian worldview.

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Greek

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Greek

School of Bible & Ministry

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.

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Health Sector Management

Major, Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Health Sector Management

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

A student may declare a Business Administration major with concentration in Health Sector Management. The health sector management concentration is intended to prepare the student for an administrative career in the health care industry. In addition to required course work, students selecting this concentration must complete six hours of internship credit by on-site, supervised work at a hospital, longterm care, or other medical facility. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Business Administration.”

The health sector administration minor allows students majoring in other areas to obtain adequate exposure to issues and topics within the health care profession.

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Hebrew

School of Bible & Ministry

Hebrew

School of Bible & Ministry

Elementary and Intermediate Hebrew are offered regularly at the seminary for graduate credit and advanced standing and fulfill the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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History

B.A., Major, 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. 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 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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Honors Program

Interdisciplinary

Honors Program

Interdisciplinary

The Milligan Honors Program provides an advanced and enriching opportunity for high achieving undergraduate students from all major fields to work together to deepen their intellectual scholarship, engage in creative and professional work, and embrace their roles as servant-leaders. You can build a foundation for personal and professional growth and/or prepare for entrance into the nation’s top graduate programs.

The Milligan Honors Program enhances 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.

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Humanities

B.A., Graduate, Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Humanities

School of Arts & Humanities

The humanities major allows students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study within one of the following concentrations:

  • American Studies — explore the history, politics, literature, music, and art of the U.S.
  • Pre-Modern World — explore the history, literature, art and philosophy of the ancient and medieval worlds
  • Faith & Arts — explore connections between your faith and the arts
  • Religious Studies — explore theological themes from a historical, biblical, religious, or philosophical perspective

Milligan also offers a Master of Arts in Humanities.

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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.

 

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Intercultural Studies

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Intercultural Studies

School of Bible & Ministry

The Intercultural Studies major prepares students for faithful, dynamic, and effective engagement and ministry in intercultural contexts. Possible careers include serving in churches, on the mission field (domestic and foreign), and with social agencies. Students are prepared to:

  • Reflect holistically upon a given culture and discern the challenges and opportunities for embodying a faithful Christian presence within that culture
  • Approach intercultural engagement in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, political, and practical understandings of ministry
  • Interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • Identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • Understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • Develop personal and spiritual maturity necessary for intercultural engagement and ministry

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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Interdisciplinary Studies

B.A., B.S., Major

Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary

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 Business

Major

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

International Business

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Students may declare a Business Administration major with an International Business concentration. Students may either complete the required coursework at Milligan or by participate in a ten-week academic program abroad through Milligan’s affiliation with the International Business Institute (endorsed by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities). Completion of this concentration requires the student to attend the Institute during a summer session following completion of the required core courses at Milligan College. A student’s course of study can often be designed so that graduation is possible following seven semesters of study at Milligan College in addition to the summer Institute. Students pursuing the international business concentration are strongly encouraged to demonstrate competency in a foreign language through, at least, the intermediate level.

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International Politics

Major

School of Social Sciences & Education

International Politics

School of Social Sciences & Education

Students may declare a Political Science major with a concentration in International Politics. This program prepares students to engage political realities within the context of global studies.

For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Political Science.”

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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.

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Leadership (Certificate)

Certificate

School of Social Sciences & Education

Leadership (Certificate)

School of Social Sciences & Education

The 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.

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Legal Studies

Major, Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Legal Studies

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

A student may declare a major in Business Administration with a concentration in Legal Studies. The legal studies concentration is designed to provide business administration majors a deeper understanding and exposure to legal issues affecting business. The concentration is recommended for any business administration student who anticipates a business career requiring a legal background. See “Business Administration” for more information about the business administration major with legal studies concentration.

The minor in legal studies is designed for students interested in attending law school and/or pursuing a career in which a knowledge of legal issues is essential. The legal studies courses within the minor are designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of the American legal system, the legal profession and foundational legal topics. The other elective courses within the minor reflect Milligan’s commitment to a broad-based, liberal arts education which seeks to develop and strengthen the student’s reading, writing, and communication skills. Such skills are essential for success in law school.

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Management

Major

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Management

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Students may declare a Business Administration major with a Management concentration. The management concentration consists of courses designed to prepare students for successful careers in business and organizational management or administration.

For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Business Administration.”

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Marketing

Major

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Marketing

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Students may declare a Business Administration major with a Marketing concentration. This is for students wishing to pursue careers in marketing, sales, or advertising.

For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Business Administration.”

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Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.)

Graduate

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.)

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree is a 48 credit hour degree that seeks to further equip students for ministries in pastoral leadership in local churches and ministry settings.  The degree program blends online and on-campus learning for students who are not able to participate in the residential MDiv program.  Courses will offer instruction in Scripture, theology, and history of the Christian tradition with special attention to the Stone-Campbell tradition.

The program will offer opportunities for spiritual formation and growth, mentored ministry experience, and connections with other students through a cohort design. Students will also have opportunities to develop specific skills in ministry with attention to their ministry contexts.

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Master of Arts in Humanities

Graduate

School of Arts & Humanities

Master of Arts in Humanities

School of Arts & Humanities

The MAH at Milligan is a 30-hour graduate program in the Humanities that facilitates interdisciplinary study and draws on the strengths of Milligan’s core Humanities Program.

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Master of Arts in Religion

Graduate

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Arts in Religion

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) is a degree designed to provide a basic understanding of the theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The MAR permits a student to study in some depth in one of the following five areas:  Christian Theology, Church History, Historical Theology, New Testament, or Old Testament.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Graduate

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.

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Master of Divinity

Graduate

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Divinity

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Divinity is considered the standard program of ministerial education and is formally required for ordination by many churches. This degree aims to provide a breadth of education in all the areas of theological learning, with special focus on the practice of pastoral ministry.

Whether you choose to pursue ministry on the mission field, in a rural church, in an urban counseling center, as a military chaplain, as a college professor, in a megachurch, as a hospital chaplain, or any other venue, you will need to have the background and training that provides a deep well of resources for you to draw on. The MDiv at Emmanuel Christian Seminary can get you there.

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Master of Education Program (M.Ed.)

Graduate

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.

 

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Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

Graduate

School of Social Sciences & Education

Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Milligan offers a Master of Counseling degree with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

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Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

Graduate

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Are you a technology visionary? The Milligan MSIS can prepare you to be a CIO, CTO, IT director, IT security manager, IS business analyst, or fill other leadership positions in the information systems field. The 32-hour hybrid/online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program provides the knowledge successfully to apply best practices in analysis, design, communications, and security for information systems development, management, and implementation in real-world business.

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

Graduate

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 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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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

Graduate

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Milligan is a 28-month, 108-credit hour program that prepares highly trained healthcare professionals to work in concert with a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in providing collaborative care in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and a number of other specialty areas. Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree and have completed the prerequisite requirements for admissions to the program.

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Mathematics

B.A., B.S., Major, 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.

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Missions

Major, Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Missions

School of Bible & Ministry

See “Intercultural Studies”

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Multimedia Journalism

Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Multimedia Journalism

School of Arts & Humanities

Students may declare a Communications major with Multimedia Journalism concentration. See “Communications” for more information about the communications major with multimedia journalism concentration.

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 or other nonfiction writing 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.

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Music Business

B.A., B.S., Major

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Business

School of Arts & Humanities

The music business major prepares students to combine their musical knowledge with the technical and business aspects of the music industry and to apply this information in a commercial music setting. The music business major is a hybrid degree program consisting of courses in the following areas: music, communications, business, and marketing/PR. All music business majors also graduate with a 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., Major

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Education

School of Arts & Humanities

The music education curriculum is designed as an interdisciplinary program for the student planning a career in teaching music and provides licensure in K-12 vocal/general or K-12 instrumental. The music education major prepares students to be accomplished and well-rounded

musician with expertise in research-based educational methodologies including curricular design, pedagogical approaches, and assessment protocols to teach music in K-12 public and private school systems.  Emphases are available in vocal or instrumental music education.  This degree requires nine semesters of study.

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Music Performance

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Performance

School of Arts & Humanities

The music performance major prepares students to be accomplished and well-rounded musicians who are equipped for a variety of professional situations such as performing, teaching, and ministry. Milligan music performance graduates teach studio music, serve in music ministry positions, conduct professional music organizations, 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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Musical Theatre

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Musical Theatre

School of Arts & Humanities

The Musical Theatre degree is an interdisciplinary major composed of courses in theatre arts, music performance, and dance. Students develop their performance skills through singing, acting, and dancing while exploring acting, stage direction, and the technical and design aspects of theatre production in a state-of-the-art facility. Students learn from dedicated and knowledgeable music and theatre professionals and create musical productions each year.

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Nursing

B.S.N., Major

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. All applicants for the NCLEX-RN must submit an application for initial licensure and all required documentation to the Board of Nursing of the state in which they will obtain licensure.

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Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

ADCP, B.S.N.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Milligan offers an accelerated RN-BSN program designed for registered nurses. Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online techniques. Students are only required to be in class one day a week. You can balance your life and earn your degree.

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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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Philosophy

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Philosophy

School of Arts & Humanities

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

Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Photography

School of Arts & Humanities

A student may declare a Fine Arts major with a Photography concentration. The photography concentration is designed to help students acquire skills in various aspects of photography. The curriculum is taught from an artistic viewpoint that gives students the creativity and experience necessary for rewarding futures in photography. Students can use their knowledge to prepare for graduate school in order to teach, own a photography business, work for newspapers and magazines, or provide supporting services for studios, galleries, theatres, museums, and publishing companies. For more information on the Fine Arts major with photography concentration, see “Fine Arts.

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.

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Physical Education

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physical Education

School of Sciences & Allied Health

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.

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Physical Science

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physical Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Physical Science minor is designed to give students a foundation in the physical sciences and to enhance their career opportunities in an increasingly technical world. The physical science minor includes courses in chemistry and physics.

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Physics

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physics

School of Sciences & Allied Health

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.

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Political Science

B.A., Major, 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:

  • General – designed for those students who desire a broad foundation in all areas of politics
  • International Politics – prepares students to engage political realities within the context of global studies

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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.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

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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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Psychology

B.A., B.S., Major, 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.

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Public Relations and Advertising

Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Public Relations and Advertising

School of Arts & Humanities

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

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.

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Social Work

B.S.W., Major, Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Social Work

School of Social Sciences & Education

The Social Work major 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.

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Sociology

B.A., B.S., Major, Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Sociology

School of Social Sciences & Education

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 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 also contributes to the application of sociological principles to daily life.

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Spanish

B.A., Major

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.

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Sports Management

Major

School of Sciences & Allied Health, William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Sports Management

School of Sciences & Allied Health, William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Students may declare a Business Administration major with a Sports Management concentration or an Exercise Science major with a Sports Management concentration. Courses are designed to prepare students for successful careers in the growing field of sports management.

For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing “Business Administration” or “Exercise Science.”

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Student Ministry

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Student Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

The Student Ministry major prepares people to lead in ministering to and with young people in the local church and various parachurch ministries such as campus ministry, camps, youth organizations, evangelism efforts, and much more. Students are prepared to:

  • Stay abreast of current changes in youth culture and communicate effectively through all those changes
  • Serve in a leadership role of ministry in the church
  • Function as part of a team/staff relationship
  • Interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • Identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • Understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • Reflect theologically on contemporary culture and discern the challenges and opportunities for the church to embody a faithful presence within that culture
  • Approach student ministry in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, and practical understandings of ministry
  • Teach effectively
  • Develop the personal and spiritual maturity necessary for student ministry
  • Be well-equipped to pursue seminary or graduate education

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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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

Major, Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Theatre Arts

School of Arts & Humanities

A student may declare a Fine Arts major with a Theatre Arts concentration. The theatre arts concentration stresses a basic knowledge and appreciation for all facets of theatre work. Theatre arts graduates can work as actors, costumers, stage managers, set designers, lighting technicians, sound operators, stage carpenters, arts agency promoters, and stage directors, while others can go on to study theatre in graduate school in preparation for teaching or work in professional theatre. For more information about the fine arts major with theatre arts concentration, see “Fine Arts.”

The study of theatre may serve to foster students’ vocational interests as well as prepare them for more concentrated theatre studies in the future.

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.

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Women’s and Gender Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Women’s and Gender Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

The women’s and gender studies minor equips students to consider how gender shapes lived experience, collective action, and human relationships in contemporary cultures and throughout history. The minor readies all students to identify the structural and historical constructions of gender that continue to shape individual and collective identity. How does gender impact the ways in which we inhabit our bodies, our environments, and our relationships? These fundamental questions will be interrogated from a variety of interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives in an intellectually rigorous and critically informed way. Coursework can be tailored to each student’s chosen field of study.

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Worship Leadership

B.A., Major, Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Worship Leadership

School of Bible & Ministry

The Worship Leadership major prepares students for worship leadership that is scripturally sound and musically and artistically competent. Approach worship leadership in ways that reflect sound theological, philosophical, cultural, and practical understandings of ministry. Synthesize and apply musical learning. Understand, communicate, and perform in a variety of musical styles…and more.

This major is part of the Ministry Leadership Program.

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