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coverWelcome to the Milligan College online Academic Catalog, the official source of undergraduate and graduate academic program information. 

The 2016-2017 Milligan College Catalog (PDF version) is the catalog of record for students entering the college during that academic year; no revisions are made to the catalog of record during the academic year. However, webpages for specific academic programs may be revised during the academic year as appropriate.

 

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Accounting

B.A., B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Accounting

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Our accounting majors get a solid foundation leading into a variety of careers including internal auditing, tax preparation and planning, cost analysis, and advisory services in information systems design and implementation. Students develop leadership and management skills that are necessary for the successful planning, implementation, and control of the business enterprise, all rooted in a foundation of ethical and moral principles.

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Allied Health Science

B.S.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Allied Health Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The allied health science curriculum is designed for the student planning to pursue a career in pharmacy or optometry.

Through special partnership agreements with ETSU, Mercer, and Union universities and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, students can complete three years at Milligan and four years at a pharmacy or optometry school to earn both a bachelor’s and doctorate degree in as few as seven years. They also can receive a guaranteed interview at these schools by meeting conditions of the specific agreements.

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Applied Finance and Accounting

B.A., B.S.

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Applied Finance and Accounting

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Our accounting majors get a solid foundation leading into a variety of careers including internal auditing, tax preparation and planning, cost analysis, and advisory services in information systems design and implementation. Students develop leadership and management skills that are necessary for the successful planning, implementation, and control of the business enterprise, all rooted in a foundation of ethical and moral principles.

The basis of the courses in the applied finance and accounting major are the foundational courses of the accounting major. Upper level courses emphasize the element of corporate finance. Accountants as information providers have a particular appeal to those who see accounting as useful in corporate decision-making and management.

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Art

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Art

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Bible

B.A., Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Bible

School of Bible & Ministry

Study of the Bible has been foundational to Milligan College since its inception. As the mission statement of the college indicates, Bible stands at the core of the “Christian worldview” that shapes all else about the college. Milligan believes this serious study of scripture should always be connected with service (or “ministry”), and so each concentration in the Bible major is focused toward teaching, ministering, or serving others in some way.

The Bible major aims partly to prepare people for leadership ministry in the church, in this and other cultures, or to equip the student otherwise to understand and teach the content and meaning of scripture.

Concentrations include Children’s Ministry, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, and General Studies.

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Biology

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Biology

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Biology majors prepare for careers in biomedical sciences, education, research, healthcare, wildlife management and forestry, forensic science, and government services. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of life science disciplines, selecting courses from microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, embryology, ecology, animal histology, genetics, flora and fauna of the Southern Appalachians, environmental science, and anatomy and physiology.

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Business Administration

B.A., B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Business Administration

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Core courses in business administration provide students with the broad base of knowledge and level of technical competence necessary to succeed in a business setting. This major allows the student to develop strong competency in business management and to choose from one of several concentrations, allowing for in-depth study in a specific field. Students can also choose to participate in the 10-week international Business Institute in Europe or one of several off-campus study programs offered through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Concentrations: Accounting, Economics, General, Health Sector Management, International Business, Legal Studies, Management, Marketing, Secondary Education Licensure, Sports Management

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Business Administration - Degree Completion

B.S.

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Business Administration - Degree Completion

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Milligan College offers an adult degree completion program with a major in business administration. This major is designed for adults who have completed 52 or more semester hours of college credit and two or more years of full-time 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 Office for Graduate and Professional Studies at 423.461.8782.

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Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

Certificate

School of Bible & Ministry, School of Social Sciences & Education

Certificate of Graduate Study in Counseling Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry, School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Chemistry

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Chemistry

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Chemistry majors prepare for careers in industry, research, engineering, technical sales, environmental sciences, public health, teaching, and biomedical sciences. Foundational knowledge of physics and math are gained as students concentrate in organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry, plus biochemistry, quantitative analysis, quantum chemistry, and computational chemistry.

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Child and Youth Development

B.A., B.S.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Child and Youth Development

School of Social Sciences & Education

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.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Child and Youth Development - Degree Completion

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Children's Ministry

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Children's Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

Ministering to children in our society has become a significant service for Christians. Childhood is obviously a formative time of life, and being able to help children come to know Jesus as the Christ through scripture and the love and support of the church rises to great prominence as a form of Christian ministry. Children’s ministers quite often meet the needs of entire families in the process of helping and ministering to children.

The Children’s Ministry concentration in the Bible major, as also the Children’s Ministry minor, prepares a person to participate fully in a ministerial staff of a local church and be able to assume other roles in addition to the focus on children.

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Chinese

School of Arts & Humanities

Chinese

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Coaching

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Coaching

School of Social Sciences & Education

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

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Communications

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Communications

School of Arts & Humanities

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

School of Arts & Humanities

Composition

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Computer Information Systems

B.A., B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Computer Information Systems

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The major in computer information systems (CIS) is designed to prepare students for careers as programmers/analysts, lead programmers, management information systems directors, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, and government.

Course work in this major emphasizes systems analysis and design, programming, and management. It is recommended that students with a major in computer information systems complete a minor in a business-related area.

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Computer Information Systems, Mobile - Degree Completion

B.A., B.S., Certificate

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Computer Information Systems, Mobile - Degree Completion

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The computer information systems major 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, and to understand a significant body of material in their major field of study.
  • Students will gain an enriched quality of life through stewardship of resources, and preparation for graduate studies and a rewarding career or profession.

The major in computer information systems (CIS-M) is designed to prepare students for careers as programmers/analysts, lead programmers, management information systems directors, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, and government.

Course work in this major emphasizes systems analysis and design, programming, and management.

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Computer Science

B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Computer Science

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The major in computer science (CS) is designed to prepare students for successful employment in the computing industry in a wide range of careers such as programmers/analysts, lead programmers, software developers, and systems project leaders for applications in business, industry, or government, or for graduate school in computer science.

Course work in this major centers on the development of algorithms, which are the formal procedures for problem solving.  Solutions are implemented linguistically in software and mechanically in hardware by developing a student’s problem-solving ability through the algorithmic approach of organizing, synthesizing, and analyzing information.

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Digital Media Studies

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Digital Media Studies

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Doctor of Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

The practice of Christian ministry is an increasingly complex and demanding task. Although the standard pre-ministerial educational program (MDiv) already includes substantial credit hours beyond the baccalaureate, many ministers express a desire for a disciplined program of continuing education that will enable them to integrate their practical learnings in ministry with additional advanced-level course work. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree has been developed to meet these needs.

Increasing religious pluralism in the United States and Canada, the expansion of world religions, and the globalization of theological education call for more breadth and depth in the education of Christian leaders. Emmanuel Christian Seminary is committed to the world mission of the church. Thus, it offers the Doctor of Ministry degree with a concern for addressing the need for the continuing education among leading servants within the church.

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Economics

B.A., B.S., Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Economics

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The economics major prepares students for careers in business or to go on to graduate school to prepare for careers as professional or academic economists.

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Education

School of Social Sciences & Education

Education

School of Social Sciences & Education

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.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Engineering

B.S.

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Engineering

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Milligan’s engineering program offers majors in electrical and mechanical engineering and is offered completely on the Milligan campus. The program goal is to educate engineering professionals to serve technology needs globally in industry, as well as the under-served and developing world.

  • Electrical Engineering (EE) focuses on all things electrical/electronic, including electronic devices, systems, and energy. This includes digital-based communication and control systems; generation, transmission, and distribution of electric power; electronic devices and electrical circuits for producing, detecting, and controlling electrical signals; and robotics and control systems. For more information, visit the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at ieee.org.
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) focuses on machines, structures, devices, mechanical systems, and energy conversion systems. It is the broadest of all engineering disciplines, and encompasses areas such as energy, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical design, manufacturing processes, robotics, and systems modeling. Mechanical engineers are employed in nearly every kind of industry, and this major provides many future employment opportunities for its graduates. For more information, visit the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at asme.org.

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Engineering: Electrical

B.S.

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Engineering: Electrical

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The electrical engineering curriculum is designed for the student planning a career in the aerospace industry, construction industry, electronics industry, utilities industry and a broad spectrum of other business sectors.

 

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Engineering: Mechanical

B.S.

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Engineering: Mechanical

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed for the student planning a career in the automotive industry, construction industry, materials industry, consumer goods industry and a broad spectrum of other business sectors.

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English

B.A., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

English

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Ethnic Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Ethnic Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Exercise Science

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Exercise Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Exercise science provides a holistic, scholarly approach to the study of human movement. Structural and functional aspects of movement efficiency, responses of the body to sport and exercise, and issues of health-related fitness and wellness are studied. A series of core courses prepares students for careers in physical education, coaching, sports management, fitness and wellness, or exercise science.

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Film Studies

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Film Studies

School of Arts & Humanities

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.

School of Arts & Humanities

Fine Arts

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Fitness and Wellness

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Fitness and Wellness

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The skills and knowledge gained through the Fitness and Wellness minor allow students to pursue jobs in community or industrial settings and provides a springboard into various graduate programs.

Students may major in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness and Wellness. For further information on this major, refer to the information under the listing Exercise Science (EXSC).

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French

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

French

School of Arts & Humanities

The French program emphasizes the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. While the primary focus is on developing competency in communication, the secondary French licensure program and the French minor provide a foundation in the literature and culture of the country.

Graduates may pursue careers in teaching, in translating and interpreting (with additional study), in the tourism and hospitality industry, or in the diplomatic services. French is a valuable asset in international business, in international agencies (such as the International Red Cross), and in the fashion industry.

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General Science

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

General Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students may seek to have a general exposure to the field of science through the general science minor. Those students who are seeking education licensure in a major field will have a strong background in science which may qualify them to teach certain science courses. The flexibility which this allows a student who is interested in science as a complement to their chosen major may encourage more students to pursue their interest in the sciences.

Any student majoring in either biology or chemistry must choose the six courses required for the general science minor outside the field of biology or chemistry to satisfy the minor requirements.

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Geography

School of Social Sciences & Education

Geography

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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German

School of Arts & Humanities

German

School of Arts & Humanities

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

School of Arts & Humanities

Graphic Design

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Greek

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Greek

School of Bible & Ministry

Students who pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree, especially Bible majors, may study Koine Greek to fulfill their language requirement through the intermediate level. In addition, students may choose to complete a minor in Greek.

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Health Sector Management

Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Health Sector Management

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The health sector management minor allows students majoring in other areas to obtain adequate exposure to issues and topics within the health care profession. A student may also major in business administration with a concentration in health sector management.

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Hebrew

School of Bible & Ministry

Hebrew

School of Bible & Ministry

Elementary and Intermediate Hebrew are offered periodically and will fulfill the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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History

B.A., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

History

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Honors

Interdisciplinary

Honors

Interdisciplinary

The Milligan Honors Program provides an advanced and enriching opportunity for high achieving undergraduate students from all major fields to work together to deepen their intellectual scholarship, engage in creative and professional work, and embrace their roles as servant-leaders. You can build a foundation for personal and professional growth and/or prepare for entrance into the nation’s top graduate programs.

The Milligan Honors Program enhances the learning experience of Milligan’s most outstanding students by providing distinctive opportunities, academic challenges, and interdisciplinary experiences. Honors students have the chance to be part of a community that is continually encouraged to ask difficult questions, apply knowledge outside the classroom, and embrace their roles as servant-leaders.

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Humanities

B.A., Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Humanities

School of Arts & Humanities

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

School of Arts & Humanities

Humanities Program

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Intercultural Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Intercultural Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Interdisciplinary Studies

B.A., B.S.

Interdisciplinary

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is reserved for the exceptionally qualified student who desires to pursue a degree individually crafted to address the student’s talents and interests, and which is not already an established major within Milligan College. Such a major allows a student to pursue an interest that is most meaningful to the student or to prepare for a specific career requiring a broad range of knowledge.

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International Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

International Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Language Arts

B.A.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Language Arts

School of Social Sciences & Education

The language arts major prepares graduates to teach in public and private schools, to study library science/information technology, and to work in marketing, customer assistance, and other aspects of the business world.

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Leadership (Certificate)

Certificate

School of Social Sciences & Education

Leadership (Certificate)

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Legal Studies

Minor

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Legal Studies

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The minor in legal studies is designed for students interested in attending law school and/or pursuing a career in which a knowledge of legal issues is essential. The legal studies courses within the minor are designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of the American legal system, the legal profession and foundational legal topics. The other elective courses within the minor reflect Milligan’s commitment to a broad-based, liberal arts education which seeks to develop and strengthen the student’s reading, writing, and communication skills. Such skills are essential for success in law school.

See “Business Administration” for more information about the business administration major with legal studies concentration.

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Master of Arts in Religion

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Arts in Religion

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) is a degree designed to provide a basic understanding of the theological disciplines for further graduate study or for general educational purposes. The MAR permits a student to study in some depth in one of the following five areas:  Christian Theology, Church History, Historical Theology, New Testament, or Old Testament.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

The Master of Business Administration program is designed to prepare students for roles of leadership in business. Students’ knowledge of the major functional areas within business is reinforced while a commitment to Christian values and ethical conduct prepares students to meet the challenges of a highly competitive business environment with integrity and character.

The program is a cohort-based, 32-credit hour degree delivered over approximately 14 months, divided into four semesters. Classes meet approximately one Saturday each month and continue via extensive Internet-based contact with fellow students and with faculty in the period between class sessions. The combination of weekend class meetings and distance-based components is well suited for mature, working students.

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Master of Christian Ministries

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Christian Ministries

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Christian Ministries degree is a 48 credit hour degree that seeks to further equip students for ministries in pastoral leadership in local churches and ministry settings.  The degree program blends online and on-campus learning for students who are not able to participate in the residential MDiv program.  Courses will offer instruction in Scripture, theology, and history of the Christian tradition with special attention to the Stone-Campbell tradition.

The program will offer opportunities for spiritual formation and growth, mentored ministry experience, and connections with other students through a cohort design. Students will also have opportunities to develop specific skills in ministry with attention to their ministry contexts.

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Master of Divinity

School of Bible & Ministry

Master of Divinity

School of Bible & Ministry

The Master of Divinity is considered the standard program of ministerial education and is formally required for ordination by many churches. This degree aims to provide a breadth of education in all the areas of theological learning, with special focus on the practice of pastoral ministry.

Whether you choose to pursue ministry on the mission field, in a rural church, in an urban counseling center, as a military chaplain, as a college professor, in a megachurch, as a hospital chaplain, or any other venue, you will need to have the background and training that provides a deep well of resources for you to draw on. The MDiv at Emmanuel Christian Seminary can get you there.

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Master of Education Program (M.Ed.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Master of Education Program (M.Ed.)

School of Social Sciences & Education

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)

School of Social Sciences & Education

Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

School of Social Sciences & Education

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

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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program promotes integration and utilization of theory and practice in the art and science of occupational therapy and prepares students to meet the entry-level standards of the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program is designed for students who have an earned bachelor’s degree and who have completed the prerequisite requirements for admission to the program. Baccalaureate degrees can be in a variety of academic areas, some of which include human performance and exercise science, human development, sociology, biology, and psychology.

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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Milligan is a 28-month, 108-credit hour program that prepares highly trained healthcare professionals to work in concert with a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in providing collaborative care in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and a number of other specialty areas. Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree and have completed the prerequisite requirements for admissions to the program.

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Mathematics

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Mathematics

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The major is designed for students interested in careers in mathematics, teaching, and industry. It prepares students for employment in government or industry, teaching in high schools or middle schools, or for graduate study in mathematics.

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Missions

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Missions

School of Bible & Ministry

Missions service to the global church has always been central to the educational mission and purpose of Milligan College, whether that service takes place locally or in more distant regions of the world.

The course of missions study at Milligan College is designed primarily to prepare people for missions’ leadership ministry in the church. For this reason, its strength has long resided in its interdisciplinary structure, offering students a wide diversity of missions options via examples from church history, more contemporary situations, and internship placements.

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Multimedia Journalism

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Multimedia Journalism

School of Arts & Humanities

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

School of Arts & Humanities

Music

School of Arts & Humanities

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.

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Business

School of Arts & Humanities

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.

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Education

School of Arts & Humanities

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

School of Arts & Humanities

Music Ministry

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Nursing

B.S.N.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Nursing

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program prepares students for professional nursing career opportunities and for graduate study. Upon completion of all BSN degree  requirements, graduates of the program may apply to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. All applicants for the NCLEX-RN must submit an application for initial licensure and all required documentation to the Board of Nursing of the state in which they will obtain licensure.

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Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

B.S.N.

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Nursing (RN-BSN) - Degree Completion

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Milligan offers an accelerated RN-BSN program designed for registered nurses. Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and online techniques. Students are only required to be in class one day a week. You can balance your life and earn your degree.

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Paramedical Fields

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Paramedical Fields

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students may choose to pursue a variety of medicine-related career opportunities such as optometry, physician assistant, podiatry, veterinarian, et al. Each of these programs has its own prescribed set of requirements which students fulfill prior to seeking admission to these programs. Several science area faculty have responsibilities for advising students interested in these careers; students should inquire of the Area Chair of Scientific Learning to be assigned to the appropriate adviser.

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Pastoral Ministry

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Pastoral Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

The Pastoral Ministry minor prepares people for serving Christ in a variety of ways, especially as a bi-vocational or volunteer leader. With the basic concept of Milligan College that “every Christian is a minister” of some type, this minor can prepare people specifically for service in a church setting or a church-related organization. Classes with this focus form a significant part of each major in the area of biblical learning, and the use of them as a minor provides a supplement to whatever other major is selected, positioning a person for effective service in a broad range of roles.

 

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Philosophy

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Philosophy

School of Arts & Humanities

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

School of Arts & Humanities

Photography

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Physical Education

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physical Education

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The skills and knowledge gained through the physical education minor allow students to pursue jobs in community, school, recreational, or industrial settings and provides a springboard into various graduate programs. Additional courses are required for teacher licensure.

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Physical Science

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physical Science

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Physical Science minor is designed to give students a foundation in the physical sciences and to enhance their career opportunities in an increasingly technical world. The physical science minor includes courses in chemistry and physics.

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Physics

Minor

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Physics

School of Sciences & Allied Health

The Physics minor is designed to supplement or enhance career plans for students in other majors. The minor provides a solid foundation in physics for students planning to teach high school sciences, as part of their preparation to become a highly qualified physics teacher alongside teaching another subject.

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Political Science

B.A., Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Political Science

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Dentistry

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both medical schools and dental schools have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-health adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Seeking admission to either medical school or dental school is a highly competitive process with a wide variety of applicant attributes given consideration such as overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT/DAT score, number of hours worked in a medical setting and types of experiences, strength of recommendation letters, and interview quality. Milligan College graduates have been quite successful in obtaining admission to medical and dental schools throughout the nation. Additional information may be obtained from the pre-medical and pre-dental advisers.

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Pre-Law

Pre-Professional Program

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Pre-Law

William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology

Milligan College does not recommend or offer a major in “pre-law” as such. This stand is in keeping with both the broad educational philosophy of Milligan College and the philosophy expressed by the Statement of the Association of American Law Schools on Prelegal Education. American law schools do not encourage the undergraduate student to “learn the law,” but rather stress the necessity of the pre-law student’s acquiring certain comprehensive skills, such as “comprehension and expression in words,” “critical understanding of human institutions and values,” and the development of “creative power of thinking.” While a student planning for a specific phase of the law (e.g., tax law) may find certain undergraduate majors or courses desirable (e.g., business or accounting), any solid academic major is equally acceptable to American law schools and recommended by Milligan College.

Students considering law school who wish to have exposure to foundational legal subjects are encouraged to obtain a minor in Legal Studies. The courses in Milligan’s Legal Studies minor are designed to enhance knowledge of the American legal system, the legal profession and foundational legal topics. Embracing a Christian world-view, the Legal Studies minor will help students develop an appreciation for the unique responsibility Christian legal professionals have in society.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

VIEW CATALOG FOR THIS PROGRAM »

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Pre-Medicine

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Medicine

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in pursuing careers as physicians or dentists may choose a major which aligns with their interests and talents; no one major is more highly recommended or preferred. Both medical schools and dental schools have pre-requisite courses which must be taken prior to application and admission and with the help of the pre-health adviser, students will choose their courses to align with the pre-requisites of the schools to which they will be applying.

Seeking admission to either medical school or dental school is a highly competitive process with a wide variety of applicant attributes given consideration such as overall GPA, science GPA, MCAT/DAT score, number of hours worked in a medical setting and types of experiences, strength of recommendation letters, and interview quality. Milligan College graduates have been quite successful in obtaining admission to medical and dental schools throughout the nation. Additional information may be obtained from the pre-medical and pre-dental advisers.

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Pre-Optometry

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Optometry

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in becoming an optometrist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to an optometry program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited optometry college, 28 hours of first-year optometry courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-optometry coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

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Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Professional Program

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Pre-Pharmacy

School of Sciences & Allied Health

Students interested in becoming a pharmacist may take 100 hours of coursework at Milligan to fulfill the prerequisites for admission to a pharmacy program. After matriculation at an U.S. accredited pharmacy college, 28 hours of first-year pharmacy courses are transferred back to Milligan to fulfill the Allied Health Science degree requirements. A complete description of the pre-pharmacy coursework and application process is found in the Allied Health Science major section of the Catalog.

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Psychology

B.A., B.S., Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Psychology

School of Social Sciences & Education

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.

School of Social Sciences & Education

Public Leadership and Service

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Public Relations and Advertising

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Public Relations and Advertising

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Social Work

B.S.W., Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Social Work

School of Social Sciences & Education

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

School of Social Sciences & Education

Sociology

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Spanish

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Teacher Licensure

School of Social Sciences & Education

Teacher Licensure

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Theatre Arts

Minor

School of Arts & Humanities

Theatre Arts

School of Arts & Humanities

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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Women’s and Gender Studies

Minor

School of Social Sciences & Education

Women’s and Gender Studies

School of Social Sciences & Education

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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Worship Leadership

B.A., Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Worship Leadership

School of Bible & Ministry

Worship leadership prepares a student to participate in the ministry staff of a local church and lead Christian people in worship that is scripturally sound and musically or artistically competent. By building on the basic education received in this Milligan degree program, a student can appropriately develop the worship and musical or artistic strengths of a church and personally function in other ministry roles if needed or desired. The liberal arts foundation and the cross-concentration in ministry focus provide an excellent platform on which to stand and lead, or to continue to build more specialized leadership.

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Youth Ministry

Minor

School of Bible & Ministry

Youth Ministry

School of Bible & Ministry

The youth ministry concentration in the Bible major prepares people to lead in ministering to and with young people, and that may include those from early childhood up through early adulthood. Both youth ministers and children’s ministers will find this major effective in basic preparation for service, as will campus ministers, workers with various parachurch ministries such as camps, youth organizations, evangelism efforts and many more. Because of the strong foundation incorporated into this concentration, people will have basic preparation to move into other areas of ministry from a traditional role.

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