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.
- Child & Youth Development
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Political Science » general, international
- Psychology » general, pre-professional
- Public Leadership and Service
- Social Work
- Teacher Licensure » early childhood PreK-3, special education PreK-3, elementary education K-5, K-12, middle grades 4-8, secondary education 6-12
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).
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 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 »