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Milligan provides a uniquely integrated curriculum of liberal arts studies with professional preparation. Students receive a foundation for a lifetime of finding meaning in the past, making informed judgments on the present, and preparing for a meaningful future. The arts and humanities develop students’ God-given personalities and talents by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of human creativity and activity.

MAJORS

Humane Learning

  • Through dynamic classroom discussion and personal advising, English majors develop writing and editing skills for a variety of professional settings, hone the critical skills necessary in graduate programs, and attain teaching skills to cover a broad range of courses.
  • Humanities majors work with a faculty member to create a personalized, interdisciplinary major that helps them see the relationships between subjects.
  • History majors work with faculty to develop, research, and write a thesis, and many have become teachers, lawyers, physicians, ministers, archivists, business professionals, and practicing historians.
  • Spanish majors develop communicative competency in Spanish, studying history, cultures, and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Performing, Visual, & Communicative Arts

  • 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.
  • Fine arts majors learn fundamental skills, theories, principles, and technologies, as well as the history and current trends in the arts. Art and photography students showcase their work in local galleries, consistently win juried shows, and publish work in Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Annual. Cinema students enter independent film festivals and can study at the Los Angeles Film Studies Program. Theatre students do two mainstage productions each year in our new state-of-the art theatre, tour local schools with the award-winning Theatre for Young Audiences, direct at the annual Festival of One Act Plays and Short Films, and submit their playwriting to the nationally recognized Barter Theatre.
  • Music majors include lovers of music, accomplished performers, and avid music aficionados. They perform in choirs, vocal ensembles, and orchestra. Performers have the opportunity to go on tour, present world premieres, and perform with internationally renowned composers and musicians with regional symphonies.

Successful Graduates

Our graduates have taught in public and private schools and colleges; served as journalists, editors, and creative writers; worked for NASA, CNN, Skillshare, and Dreamworks SKG; conducted professional music organizations, taught studio music, performed professionally, and served in music ministry; practiced law; worked in public relations, marketing, and business. Some have pursued graduate studies in architecture, English, theology, library science, music, and medical school.

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.

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Academic Programs

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Art

Major, Minor

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Art

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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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Chinese

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Chinese

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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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Cinema

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Cinema

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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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Communications

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

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Communications

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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

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Composition

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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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Digital Media Studies

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Digital Media Studies

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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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English

B.A., Major, Minor

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English

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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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Fine Arts

B.A., Major

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Fine Arts

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German

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German

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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

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Graphic Design

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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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History

B.A., Major, Minor

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History

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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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Humanities

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Humanities

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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

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Humanities Program

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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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Master of Arts in Humanities

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Master of Arts in Humanities

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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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Multimedia Journalism

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Multimedia Journalism

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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

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Music Business

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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

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Music Education

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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

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Music Performance

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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

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Musical Theatre

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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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Philosophy

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Philosophy

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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

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Photography

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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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Public Relations and Advertising

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Public Relations and Advertising

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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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Spanish

B.A., Major

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Spanish

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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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Theatre Arts

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Theatre Arts

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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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Faculty

Alice Anthony

Alice Anthony

Associate Professor of Art and Communications

Phone: 423.461.8970
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Office: Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, Lower Level

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Dr. Lee Blackburn

Lee Blackburn

Associate Professor of History and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8493
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 125

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Dr. Michael Blouin

Michael Blouin

Associate Professor of English and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8768
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 117

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Dr. Kellie Brown

Kellie Brown

Professor of Music; Sub-Area Chair of Music

Phone: 423.461.8978
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Office: Seeger Memorial Chapel 108

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Simon J. Dahlman

Simon J. Dahlman

Professor of Communications and Faculty Adviser to the Stampede

Phone: 423.461.8994
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Office: Paxson Communications Center 104

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Dr. Tim Dillon

Tim Dillon

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

Phone: 423.461.8732
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 115

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Dr. Todd Edmondson

Todd Edmondson

Assistant Professor of Composition and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8790
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Building 123

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Rebecca "Tess" Evans-Shell

Rebecca "Tess" Evans-Shell

Theatre Technical Director & Artistic Designer

Phone: 423.461.8478
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Office: Gregory Center

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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
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 122

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W. Dennis Helsabeck Jr.

W. Dennis  Helsabeck Jr.

The Henry and Emerald Webb Chair Emeritus of History

Phone: 423.461.8741
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 101

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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
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116

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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
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 113

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Dr. John Jackson

John Jackson

Associate Professor of Bible and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8794
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 111

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Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

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

Phone: 423.461.8797
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112

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Hongyou Lu

Hongyou Lu

Program Development Associate for Engineering; Mandarin Chinese Instructor

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

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Richard Major

Richard Major

Professor of Theatre; Director of Drama Productions

Phone: 423.461.8771
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Office: Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, Lower Level

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Dr. Allysha Martin

Allysha Martin

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8780
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 103

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120

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Grete Scott

Grete Scott

Director of Developmental Studies; Instructor of Composition

Phone: 423.461.8313
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Office: P.H. Welshimer Library, 105

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Rhajon Smith

Rhajon Smith

Director of Development; Adjunct Instructor of Communications

Phone: 423.461.8386
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Office: Hyder House

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Dr. Carrie Swanay

Carrie Swanay

Professor of Communications; Area Chair of Performing, Visual, and Communicative Arts

Phone: 423.461.8795
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Office: Paxson Communications Center, 006

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Dr. Ted Thomas

Ted Thomas

Professor of Humanities, History and German

Phone: 423.461.8996
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 121

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Dr. Kayla Walker Edin

Kayla Walker Edin

Assistant Professor of English and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8743
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 119

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