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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. Film Studies 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.

 

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Art

Minor

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Art

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The art minor fits well with numerous majors, including but not limited to Bible, business administration, communications, humanities, 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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Communications

B.A., B.S., 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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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., 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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Film Studies

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Film Studies

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A minor in film studies 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.

A student may declare a communications major with an emphasis in Film Studies. A student may also major in Fine Arts with a Film Studies emphasis. 

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Fine Arts

B.A.

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Fine Arts

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The fine arts major is designed to contribute to the development of students’ God-given personalities and talents by increasing their appreciation for and knowledge of human creativity. Within that context, the major in fine arts cultivates the development of Christian artists who glorify God by striving for the highest standards of artistic excellence-ministering to people through their art and contributing to the richness and beauty of life, both in the church and in society.

Available emphases: Art, Film Studies, Music, Photography, Theatre 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., 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., 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

B.A., Minor

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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
  • Theology — explore theological themes from a historical, biblical, religious, or philosophical perspective

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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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Multimedia Journalism

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Multimedia Journalism

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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.

See “Communications” for more information about the communications major with multimedia journalism emphasis.

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Music

B.A., Minor

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Music

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Founded on a rich musical heritage and maintained by an outstanding and supportive music faculty, the music program at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers. Participating in music at Milligan also allows students and faculty to experience new levels of worship and service.

Students can pursue music in a variety of degree programs including music education, performance, jazz studies, music business, and music ministry. Milligan students in other majors can also elect music courses to enrich their liberal arts education and participate in the many vocal and instrumental ensembles offered.

Milligan music graduates teach at all levels of music education, serve in music ministry positions, conduct professional music organizations, teach studio music, 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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Music Business

B.A.

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Music Business

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Music business degrees are hybrid degree programs consisting of courses in the following areas: music, communications, business, and marketing/PR. Milligan program consists of a music major with a required 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.

Milligan music graduates teach at all levels of music education, serve in music ministry positions, conduct professional music organizations, teach studio music, 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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Music Education

B.A.

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Music Education

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The music curriculum at Milligan seeks to produce life-long learners and lovers of music, as well as accomplished performers and avid music consumers The primary goal of the Music Area is to produce well-trained musicians who enjoy music and music making while also viewing music as a way to enhance and improve the quality of life.

The music education curriculum is designed as an interdisciplinary program for the student planning a career in teaching music. Licensure is K-12 vocal/general or K-12 instrumental. This degree requires nine semesters of study.

Emphases are available in vocal or instrumental music education.

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Music Ministry

Minor

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Music Ministry

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The music ministry minor fits well with numerous majors. The study of music ministry may serve to foster students’ avocational interests as well as prepare them for more concentrated music studies in the future.

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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

Minor

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Photography

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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.

A student may declare a fine arts major with a photography emphasis. For more information on the Fine Arts major with photography emphasis, see “Fine Arts.

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Public Relations and Advertising

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Public Relations and Advertising

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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

Minor

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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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Theatre Arts

Minor

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Theatre Arts

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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 Communcations

Phone: 423.461.8970
Email: MAAnthony@milligan.edu
Office: Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts, Lower Level

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Dr. Michael Blouin

Michael Blouin

Assistant Professor of English and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8768
Email: MJBlouin@milligan.edu
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
Email: KBrown@milligan.edu
Office: Seeger Memorial Chapel 108

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Simon J. Dahlman

Simon J. Dahlman

Associate Professor of Communications and Faculty Adviser to the Stampede

Phone: 423.461.8994
Email: SJDahlman@milligan.edu
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
Email: TDillon@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 115

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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
Email: CSFarmer@milligan.edu
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
Email: WDHelsabeck@milligan.edu
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
Email: SGHiggins@milligan.edu
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

Phone: 423.461.8944
Email: HHoover@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 113

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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
Email: PKenneson@milligan.edu
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
Email: hlu@milligan.edu
Office: Engineering Offices, B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Allysha Martin

Allysha Martin

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8780
Email: abmartin@milligan.edu
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
Email: JDMiller@milligan.edu
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
Email: GMScott@milligan.edu
Office: P.H. Welshimer Library, 105

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Dr. Carrie Swanay

Carrie Swanay

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

Phone: 423.461.8795
Email: CBSwanay@milligan.edu
Office: Paxson Communications Center, 006

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