Master of Arts in Humanities

Become an innovative problem-solver and leader in your workplace and community. 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. This degree offers a short, flexible, but rigorous exploration of the humanities that can prepare students for a variety of careers or further graduate study. The program welcomes graduates from any discipline who want to connect their study with the philosophical approach of the liberal arts or career professionals who are interested in either personal or career growth.

Prepare to:

  • Analyze other value systems in conversation with a Christian world view
  • Develop multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge
  • Evaluate our responsibilities as human beings and citizens to the rest of the created order
  • Articulate more fully what it means to be human in a constantly shifting cultural landscape


CULTURAL STUDIES:  a focus on how we construct and maintain culture; focuses on individuals in relation to their societies.

GLOBAL STUDIES: a focus on how communities interact with one another; focuses primarily upon relationships between nation-states and the various flows of goods and information between them, and what it means to be human in light of globalization.

ARTS, FAITH, AND COMMUNITY:  a focus on the intersections between art, culture, faith, and nature; focuses on relationships lived in human community and in the community of creation.

Format & Schedule

  • Combination of face-to-face courses and hybrid (online and face-to-face)
  • Combination of regular session, May term, and summer courses
  • Program can be completed in as few as 3 regular terms + one summer term (1.5 years)
  • Students may transfer in 9 hours of cross-listed graduate/undergraduate credit, eliminating Summer term

Curriculum (30 hrs)

Required Core (12 hrs): All students, regardless of concentration, must complete the following core courses:

HUMN 500:  Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (Fall 2018)
HUMN 501:  Humanities Readings (Fall 2018)
HUMN 502:  Humanities Colloquium (Spring 2019)
HUMN 600:  Humanities Capstone (thesis or project)

Concentration (18 hrs): The rest of the degree may be completed with 6 elective courses in the approved concentration.

Career Options

The skills (critical thinking, problem solving, project management, and research) and knowledge gained in an MAH are applicable across a wide variety of professions. An MAH provides foundations for or augments many different careers, such as business, communications, editing, education, fine arts, marketing, ministry, museum work, or art. MAH degrees also are well-regarded stepping stones to graduate/Ph.D. study in many fields because of their strong interdisciplinary component.

The Humanities at Milligan

Milligan College is a premier Christian liberal arts college, and our Humanities Program is central to who we are as an institution.  We value interdisciplinary study, as well as the well-rounded education provided in the humanities core. Our master’s degree in humanities emphasizes our institution-wide commitment to the values of liberal arts education and draw on the strengths of our existing faculty. An MAH degree underscores our continued commitment to the college’s ethos and identity in the liberal arts.  Such a degree also acknowledges the inherent value in inquiry, analysis, and critical thinking, as well as the applicability of those skills to many different careers. The MAH degree allows us to celebrate and champion the arts and Humanities.

Read more about Milligan’s unique Humanities Program »


Accelerated BA+MAH Plan

Earn your Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Humanities (MAH) degree from Milligan in five years and get a jump start either on pursuing your doctorate or career. This is a 4+1 plan that gives you the opportunity to complete the MAH degree in one academic year plus summer (three semesters) after receiving a bachelor’s degree. Learn more »


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How to Apply

The minimum requirements for admission to the MAH program include:

  1. UNDERGRAD DEGREE: A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Major can be from a wide variety of fields.
  2. APPLICATION & PERSONAL STATEMENT: Completed application, including a personal statement to serve as a writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  3. TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts from every college attended whether or not the applicant graduated from that school.
  4. RECOMMENDATIONS: Two professional recommendations that support the applicant’s character and ability to do graduate work.
  5. GRE: The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required if an applicant’s overall undergraduate grade point average is 3.2 or higher. If required, official GRE scores must be submitted to Milligan College.
  6. INTERVIEW: Possible interview with members of the admissions committee.
  7. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS*: International students must provide proof of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79; or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5; or ELS Master’s Level Proficiency (successful completion of ELS Level 112).


Office of Graduate & Professional Studies
PO Box 22
Milligan College, TN 37682

Please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies to verify the receipt of the above application requirements. If you have any questions, please contact the college at 800.262.8337 or 423.461.8424 or by e-mail.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan College. Milligan College adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan College. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan College is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.

International Students

*If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Admissions Office. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

After a student is admitted, there is required documentation to submit BEFORE form I-20 can be issued.  Students may begin gathering and submitting this information even prior to admission, but no I-20 will be issued until a prospect has been fully admitted AND has submitted the required documentation. International students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »

Accelerated Plan

Accelerated BA+MAH Plan

Earn your Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Humanities (MAH) degree in five years from Milligan and get a jump start either on pursuing your doctorate or career. This is a 4+1 plan that gives you the opportunity to complete the MAH degree in one academic year plus summer (three semesters) after receiving a bachelor’s degree.


  • Take MAH courses in your senior year, allowing you to complete the Milligan MAH in one additional year + summer, saving time and money
  • Secure your spot early in the MAH program
  • Get a faster start on further studies or your career
  • Continue learning from your Milligan faculty and gain the credentials and strong reputation of the Milligan Humane Learning Area

Requirements & Process

  1. Be a Milligan undergraduate student (major can be in a variety of fields)
  2. Request endorsement from your faculty advisor
  3. Meet with Dr. Heather Hoover for approval to declare the Accelerated Plan by fall of junior year*
  4. Complete and Submit (to the GPS Office) the Participation form for the Accelerated plan, which requires approval signatures from both your undergraduate advisor and Dr. Hoover
  5. Take up to nine hours of MAH courses after declaration (must be admitted to MAH first)
  6. Must complete the MAH admission process, be admitted, and pay deposit by NOV 15 of senior year

*Approval to declare the MAH accelerated plan is not a guarantee of your admission to the Milligan MAH program.


Dr. Michael Blouin

Michael Blouin

Associate Professor of English and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8768
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 117


Dr. Tim Dillon

Tim Dillon

Professor of History and Humanities; Henry and Emerald Webb Chair of History

Phone: 423.461.8732
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 115


Dr. Craig Farmer

Craig Farmer

Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Associate Professor of History and Humanities; Area Chair of Humane Learning; Joel O. and Mabel Stephens Chair of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8942
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 122


Dr. Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Sociology and Missions; Area Chair of Social Learning

Phone: 423.461.8739
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116


Dr. Heather Hoover

Heather Hoover

George and Janet Arnold Chair of Humanities; Associate Professor of English and Composition; Director of Writing; Director of the MAH Program

Phone: 423.461.8944
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 113


Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries; Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Area Chair of Biblical Learning

Phone: 423.461.8797
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112


Hongyou Lu

Hongyou Lu

Program Development Associate for Engineering; Mandarin Chinese Instructor

Phone: 423.461.1517
Office: Engineering Offices, B.D. Phillips Building


Dr. Allysha Martin

Allysha Martin

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8780
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 103


Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120