Drone photography of Milligan's Seeger Chapel & Sutton Hall

Academic Overview

Milligan is one of the South’s premier Christian liberal arts universities. Our faculty are among the best in their fields and our academic programs are lauded by accrediting agencies and national organizations. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs. Check out Milligan’s academic schools »


As a Christian university, 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 university »


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 university, 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 and develops skills that employers want.  

Read more about the power of the liberal arts »

Milligan engineering professor with two students.

Get ready to change lives

“A Christian liberal arts education can prepare students not simply for a job, or even a career, but for vocation—the wisdom that hears God’s call to respond with the whole self to produce meaning and purpose in God’s world.”

— Kelly Kapic. “Why We Still Need Christian Colleges” Christianity Today.  October 2019, Vol. 63, No. 7, Pg 40.


Faculty are so important at Milligan that the university 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 »


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.

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