Area of Social Learning


Human relationships are the focus of the Social Learning Area at Milligan. 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 & Service majors examine these relationships from an interdisciplinary approach. Political Science majors are well-prepared for careers in government, the non-profit sector, international relations, local community relations, and other avenues of service in local, state, regional, and national settings

Internships & Research

Internships and research are required or strongly encouraged, providing students with practical application of theoretical material as well as offering students opportunities to contribute directly to scholarship in their respective fields.

Certificate in Leadership

This is a great add-on option for students in any major who want to become effective leaders in their personal and professional lives. Through focused academic studies and hands-on co-curricular activities, learn critical thinking and practical skills to engage your personal, volunteer, and professional roles as an effective servant-leader.

Successful Graduates

Graduates are working in teaching, counseling, research-related work, clinical psychology, business, social work, juvenile court systems, veterans work, ministry, community organizations, non-profit sector, organizational leadership, health care administration, pediatric and therapeutic settings. 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.



Dr. Christine Browning

Christine Browning

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

Phone: 423.461.3513
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 104


Milton Carter

Milton Carter

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

Phone: 423.354.5523
Office: Kingsport Center for Higher Education


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
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116


Dr. Rebecca Sapp

Rebecca Sapp

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

Phone: 423.794.3071
Office: Derthick Hall, 106C