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Fascinated by people and love understanding what makes them tick? The social sciences are united by a focus on understanding the workings of human society. This could mean becoming an expert in one particular sphere, such as psychology or political science, or taking a more holistic approach to understanding the causes of social change or the relationships between individual and state.

Curriculum

Each major has a specific curriculum to prepare graduates for professional and career success, but human relationships are key throughout the Social Sciences and Education.

  • Political Science majors study political history, the institutions of government, and the people served by them.
  • Psychology majors examine human relationships that focus on self and others.
  • Sociology majors examine the relationships within and among groups of the world.
  • Public Leadership and Service majors examine those relationships from an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Social Work majors pursue a ministry of service to the human community.
  • Teacher Education students examine the critical relationships between child and caregiver.

Beyond the Classroom

Internships and research provide students with practical application of theoretical material as well as opportunities to contribute directly to scholarship in their respective fields. Political science and pre-law students participate in Model UN and have a chance to debate, write legislation, negotiate, and apply their research to real-life programs in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL).

Successful Graduates

Graduates are working in teaching, counseling, coaching, research-related work, clinical psychology, business, social work, juvenile court systems, veterans work, ministry, community and government organizations, non-profit sector, organizational leadership, healthcare administration, pediatric and therapeutic settings, and more. Many have pursued graduate studies at institutions such as Tennessee, James Madison, Kentucky, Duke, Indiana, Notre Dame, Purdue, Virginia Commonwealth, Delaware, Memphis, Regent, and Wisconsin-Madison.

Teacher Education

Teacher licensure students select a major most closely related to what they would like to teach, plus complete licensure courses required to enter the teaching profession in public schools (you can find a chart on majors and teacher licensure areas on our website). Milligan is one of only a few private colleges in Tennessee accredited by NCATE, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, which means your teaching degree from Milligan is instantly recognized throughout the country for its quality. Teacher candidates get extensive field experience in local schools, working directly with master teachers and mentors. Learn more »

Certificate in Leadership

This program is a great add-on option for students in any major who want to become effective leaders.  Learn more »

 

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

Certificate

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

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The Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry is a 19-hour curriculum that introduces students to basic knowledge about both secular and Christian perspectives on counseling and how these may be applied in a church-based setting. The intent of this program is to prepare students to apply counseling theory and practice to ministry settings. Students are prepared for work in churches, mission agencies and other settings in which informal counseling and support groups are often provided.

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Child and Youth Development

B.A., B.S.

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Child and Youth Development

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The child and youth development major prepares persons who want careers working with children from birth through seventeen years of age. The mission of the program is to prepare caring and reflecting professionals who integrate their Christian faith, social responsibility, and sound scholarship in order to contribute to a responsible and caring community.

Completion of the program prepares an individual for employment in a variety of settings including youth-serving organizations such as Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and military youth programs and private, governmental, and nonprofit early childhood programs such as Head Start, church preschools, military child development centers, and other settings that do not require public school licensure.

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Child and Youth Development - Degree Completion

B.A., B.S.

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Child and Youth Development - Degree Completion

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Milligan College offers an adult degree completion program with a major in child and youth development with an early childhood education concentration. Licensure in early childhood education (PreK-3 or K-5) may be obtained by completing additional course work. This program prepares individuals to teach children 0 through 8 years of age in public and private schools and to serve in leadership positions in church-related preschools, military child development centers, and in other early childhood programs. This major is designed for adults who have completed fifty-two or more semester hours of college credit and the equivalent of two or more years of work experience. Degree candidates must also complete the college’s general education core of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and Bible as well as an appropriate number of elective courses. Inquiries are addressed to the Teacher Education Admissions Coordinator at 423.461.8306 or Area of Education at 423.461.8927.

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Coaching

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Coaching

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The coaching minor prepares students to coach in school or community settings or also to pursue graduate studies in coaching.

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

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Certify to become a principal or school administrator with the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. Or for those who don’t need a doctorate, the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) allows candidates to develop a specialized knowledge.

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Education

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Education

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The undergraduate teacher education program is designed to serve persons who plan to obtain professional licensure for teaching in:

  • early childhood (serving children from birth through grade three)
  • elementary (serving children kindergarten through fifth grade)
  • secondary (serving children from grades six through twelve)
  • special education PreK-3
  • selected K-12 specialty fields (music, physical education, theatre, and visual arts)

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Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

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Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

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Certify to become a principal or school administrator with the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. Or for those who don’t need a doctorate, the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) allows candidates to develop a specialized knowledge.

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Ethnic Studies

Minor

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Ethnic Studies

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The Ethnic Studies minor provides a broad initial foundation for the study of ethnicities, ethnic groups, dynamics of ethnic processes and encounters, ethnic literature, the history of specific ethnic groups, ethnic music, and legal issues which intersect with ethnicity and specific ethnic groups. Students are offered the opportunity to craft a minor which will complement their major field of study and better position them for the emerging ethnic challenges of an increasingly diverse 21st century world.

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Geography

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Geography

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The study of geography provides students with an awareness of the physical, economic, and political features of the world, the cultures which are encountered in the world’s regions, as well as the instruments and devices used in the field of study.

 

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Intercultural Studies

Minor

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Intercultural Studies

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The Intercultural Studies minor is designed for those students who major in a discipline other than Bible (Missions) and desire to practice their respective vocations in an international context.

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International Studies

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International Studies

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The international studies minor is designed to complement a wide range of majors such as Business Administration, Communications, Nursing, Bible, History, Sociology, and others. It is relevant for any student who wishes to come to a deeper understanding of global events or who desires to work in the international arena. The minor equips persons desiring to work in economic development, missions, humanitarian aid, human rights organizations, diplomacy, or international education.

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Leadership (Certificate)

Certificate

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Leadership (Certificate)

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The Certificate in Leadership is specifically designed for students in any major who want to cultivate their skills in critical thinking and analysis within the field of leadership development, who want to understand how various leadership theories can be applied within groups and organizations, and who want to become effective leaders in their personal and professional lives.

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Master of Education Program (M.Ed.)

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Master of Education Program (M.Ed.)

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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program includes both initial licensure and advanced degree options.

 

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Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

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Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

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Milligan offers a Master of Counseling degree with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

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Political Science

B.A., Minor

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Political Science

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The political science major is designed for those who wish to understand politics, effectively engage the world around them, and make a difference. It prepares students to study law, work in government service, research, or teach in a school setting. The political science curriculum provides a broad foundation in the study of American political history, international relations, comparative politics, and political theory.

Two concentrations are available:

  • General – designed for those students who desire a broad foundation in all areas of politics
  • International Politics – prepares students to engage political realities within the context of global studies

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Psychology

B.A., B.S., Minor

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Psychology

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The psychology curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of substantive psychological knowledge both as a natural science and as a social science. The major and minor provide a broad background in psychology and offer students the opportunities, if desired, to pursue specialization in an interest area.

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Public Leadership and Service

B.A.

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Public Leadership and Service

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The public leadership and service major prepares students to be Christian leaders for both private and public arenas, but especially in the public service areas such as non-profit organizations and governmental service.

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Social Work

B.S.W., Minor

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Social Work

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The Social Work major is designed for the student who desires to pursue a ministry of service to the human community in work with social agencies and/or other fields of social work, or who is preparing to pursue graduate education in the field.

There are three concentrations available in the major:

  • Law and Justice
  • Psychology/Counseling
  • Health Care Systems

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Sociology

B.A., B.S., Minor

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Sociology

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The sociology curriculum is designed for the student preparing for a variety of careers, including but not limited to academic sociology (research and/or teaching), and social agency and social service work.

The sociology curriculum emphasizes the principles and application of sociological knowledge. The major and minor are designed to ensure that each student receives a broad background in sociology. The sociology curriculum also contributes to the application of sociological principles to daily life.

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Teacher Licensure

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Teacher Licensure

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The undergraduate teacher education program supports the following goals of Milligan College:

  • Students will demonstrate sound scholarship through their ability to read and think analytically and critically, to communicate clearly and effectively, to evidence knowledge and competencies in the liberal arts and the natural and social sciences, and to understand a significant body of material in their major fields of study.
  • Students will demonstrate social responsibility in numerous ways, such as serving in churches, on the mission field (domestic and foreign), and with social agencies; mentoring, nurturing, and protecting others; and displaying increased understanding of and experience with other cultures.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through awareness of health issues, appreciation for the arts and sciences, stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The undergraduate teacher education program is designed to serve persons who plan to obtain professional licensure for teaching in early childhood (serving children from birth through grade three), elementary (serving children kindergarten through sixth grade), middle grades (serving children from grades four through eight), secondary (serving children from grades seven through twelve), special education PreK-3, and selected K-12 specialty fields (music, physical education, theatre, and visual arts). Students interested in teaching in elementary schools may select early childhood (early elementary grades), elementary (K-6), and/or middle grades (upper elementary) programs of study. Education students may also choose to pursue careers in professional settings other than schools, e.g., child development programs, church settings, and post-secondary institutions.

The Milligan College teacher education faculty is committed to nurture and develop caring and reflective teachers, those who reflect continually on their practice in search of excellence, and who care deeply about the students and families they serve. Knowing that every child deserves a quality teacher, we are committed to developing in our teacher candidates the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to succeed in contemporary schools. Undergraduate and graduate initial licensure programs of study are available.

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Women’s and Gender Studies

Minor

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Women’s and Gender Studies

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The women’s and gender studies minor equips students to consider how gender shapes lived experience, collective action, and human relationships in contemporary cultures and throughout history. The minor readies all students to identify the structural and historical constructions of gender that continue to shape individual and collective identity. How does gender impact the ways in which we inhabit our bodies, our environments, and our relationships? These fundamental questions will be interrogated from a variety of interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives in an intellectually rigorous and critically informed way. Coursework can be tailored to each student’s chosen field of study.

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Faculty

Dr. Rich Aubrey

Rich Aubrey

Women's Basketball Coach; Adjunct Instructor of Education; Apartment Manager

Phone: 423.975.8029
Email: RAubrey@milligan.edu
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse

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Dr. Christine Browning

Christine Browning

Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology; Director of MS in Counseling Program

Phone: 423.461.3513
Email: CMBrowning@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 104

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Lisa Buckley

Lisa Buckley

Head Women's Soccer Coach; Adjunct Instructor of Exercise Science

Phone: 423.461.8993
Email: LEBuckley@milligan.edu
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse

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Milton Carter

Milton Carter

Site Coordinator for the Kingsport Center for Higher Education; Assistant Professor of the Practice of Geography

Phone: 423.354.5523
Email: MCarter@milligan.edu
Office: Kingsport Center for Higher Education

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Dr. Tausha Clay

Tausha Clay

Associate Professor of Education; Paul Clark Chair of Teacher Education; Coordinator of Field Experience-Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8427
Email: TLClay@milligan.edu
Office: Clark Education Center 099

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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. Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Associate Professor of Education; Area Chair of Education; Director of the M.Ed. Program; Director of Teacher Certification

Phone: 423.461.8769
Email: ANHilton-Prillhart@milligan.edu
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 105

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Dr. Lyn Howell

Lyn Howell

The Paul Clark Chair Emerita of Teacher Education; Director of Instructional Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8484
Email: LCHowell@milligan.edu
Office: Clark Education Center, 104

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Karen Presnell

Karen Presnell

Office Manager and Certification Officer for Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8927
Email: KHill@milligan.edu
Office: Clark Education Center, 103

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Dr. Rebecca Sapp

Rebecca Sapp

Director of the Counseling Center; Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology

Phone: 423.794.3071
Email: RLSapp@milligan.edu
Office: Derthick Hall, 106C

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