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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. View the General Education Requirements »

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Preparation for Life

“Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight” Copyright ©2014 by Association of American Colleges and Universities

By the time you complete a Milligan degree, you will have demonstrated achievement of the following outcomes:

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • exhibited fundamental critical and creative thinking skills, having posed and investigated a question, assessed and/or evaluated information, and formulated conclusions
  • synthesized and integrated a variety of information into a coherent whole
  • demonstrated the capacity to learn for a lifetime by locating, accessing, evaluating, and utilizing information
  • demonstrated effective communication skills
  • demonstrated mathematical literacy: the ability to think logically and reason effectively utilizing mathematical methodologies to solve problems
  • demonstrated scientific literacy
  • evaluated Christian responses to the challenges of living in contemporary culture according to the Scriptures
  • demonstrated a fundamental understanding of their own and other cultures and how they affect human interaction.

Experiential Learning

  • significantly engaged another culture either academically or experientially
  • participated in an experience that requires creative expression
  • actively engaged in their own spiritual formation through corporate worship and service experiences

Knowledge and Content of

  • significant persons, ideas, and movements in history that have shaped the present world
  • literary forms and of literature as an expression of culture and individual human experience and creativity
  • contributions of significant individuals and movements in the arts and music
  • concepts, methods, and theories that explain human social behavior
  • the Bible: its content, context, and impact on faith and life
  • major concepts, principles, and theories of a natural science
  • the importance of lifelong health and wellness

Core General Education Requirements (GER)

In order for students to meet the desired general education outcomes, the following courses and/or experiences are required for all Milligan students. They are divided into three categories representing a Christian liberal arts education.

Called to Relationship with God

11 hrs

BIBL 123 Old Testament Survey 3 hrs
BIBL 124 New Testament Survey 3 hrs
BIBL 471 Christ and Culture 3 hrs
SFP (see Spiritual Formation Program in Catalog) 150 programs
MLGN 100 Introduction to College and Service 0.5 hrs
MLGN 200 Introduction to Calling and Career 0.5 hrs
EXSC 101 Fitness for Life OR acceptable alternative (see Catalog) 1 hour

Called to Relationship with Others

28 – 43 hrs

Humanities Program: HUMN 101 Ancient and Medieval Cultures 4 hrs
Humanities Program: HUMN 102 Renaissance and Early Modern Cultures 4 hrs
Humanities Program: HUMN 201 18th and 19th Century Cultures 4 hrs
Humanities Program: HUMN 202 Cultures of the 20th & Early 21st Centuries 4 hrs
Three credit hours of social learning (see Catalog) 3 hrs
For bachelor of arts students, foreign language competency through the intermediate level 3-12 hrs
Ethnic Studies course OR Cross-Cultural Awareness Learning Experience (see Catalog) 3 hrs
COMP 111 Rhetorical Composition 3 hrs
COMP 211 Inquiring Minds: Foundational Analytical Composition 3 hrs
COMM 102 Speech Communication OR acceptable alternative (see Catalog) 3 hrs

Called to Relationship with Creation

 9 – 11 hrs

Any 2 or 3 hour science course in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (including GNSC 101 and 350) 2-3 hrs
Lab Science in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics 4 hrs
OR Two Lab Sciences in Biology, Chemistry, Physics 8 hrs
Three credit hours of mathematics 3 hrs

Total number of hours in the GER

48-65 hrs

See the detailed description in the Catalog.

TRANSFERS should submit their transcripts to the Admissions Office for a transcript evaluation to determine which GER requirements may have already been met and what is still required.

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