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University Studies & The MPSL 

At Millikin, curriculum is centered around the principles of the Millikin Program of Student Learning (MPSL) with the objective of preparing students for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value.

The Millikin Program of Student Learning includes:

  • The first year experience
  • The sequential University Studies requirements
  • The non-sequential University Studies requirements
  • An intensive major area of study in pursuit of student growth and professional success

University Studies Requirements: Sequential Elements

All Millikin students take a sequence of University Studies courses designed to provide a challenging development through the first three years of study at Millikin.

For students starting Fall 2007 or prior, the sequential elements include:

  • IN 140: University Seminar (freshman year)
  • IN 150 & IN 151: Critical Writing Reading & Researching I and II (freshman year)
  • IN 250: U.S. Studies (sophomore year)
  • IN 350: Global Studies (junior year)

For students starting Fall 2008 or after, the sequential elements include:

  • IN 140: University Seminar (freshman year)
  • IN 150 & IN 151: Critical Writing Reading & Researching I and II (freshman year)
  • IN 250 & IN 251: U.S. Cultural & Structural Studies (sophomore year)
  • IN 350: Global Issues (junior year)


University Studies Requirements: Non-Sequential Elements

The non-sequential University Studies requirements may be taken by students at any time throughout their undergraduate experience at Millikin. These requirements insure a breadth of learning from a variety of academic disciplines and environments.

For students starting Fall 2007 or prior, the non-sequential elements include:

  •  Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits) - Any three or four credit math course numbered above 106 qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course. In addition, PH 213 (Critical Thinking: Logic) and SO/PS 201 (Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences) will fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
  • Natural Science (4 credits) - Students complete a minimum of four credits in the natural sciences as part of University Studies. Natural sciences courses MUST incorporate a lab component. Courses for non- science majors include, but are not limited to: Biology 102, 125, 130; Chemistry 121& 151; Physics 100/104, 101/105, 106, 111/171, 151/171.
  • Fine Arts (3 credits) - Students complete a minimum of three credits in music, art, theatre or dance as part of University Studies. Courses for non-fine arts majors include, but are not limited to: Art 101, 235; Music History 100, 110, 213; Philosophy 309; Theatre 103; Dance courses (by permission of instructor)
  • Language/Semiotic/Culture track (8-9 credits)
    • Track A: Second Language: Students opting to complete Track A and who are placed at the 103, 114, or 223 levels take two courses. Students placed at the 300 level or above may take one course. The requirements of Track A can also be met by completing a proficiency exam, by studying abroad with non-English instruction, or by being a native speaker of a non-English language.
    • Track B: Semiotic Systems: Students opting to complete Track B choose three courses from computer languages, natural language processing, linguistics, mathematics, symbolic logic, or music theory. At least one course must be at the 200 level or above. No more than one of these courses may be "double-dipped" from a student's major requirements.
    • Track C: Cultures & Societies: A total of three courses in history, social institutions, and cultures, preferable focusing on a single area of the world, will fulfill this requirement. At least one course must be at the 200 level or above. No more than one of these courses may be "double-dipped" from a student's major requirements.
  • Off- Campus Learning (3 credits) - Students complete a minimum of three credits in off-campus experience as part of the MPSL. Examples of off-campus experiences include: internships; practicums; field work; client-based work; student teaching; study abroad; service learning courses; Washington semester; Urban Life Center
- Students complete a minimum of three credits in off-campus experience as part of the MPSL. Examples of off-campus experiences include: internships; practicums; field work; client-based work; student teaching; study abroad; service learning courses; Washington semester; Urban Life Center

For students starting Fall 2008 or after , the non-sequential elements include:

 

  •  Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits) - Any three or four credit math course numbered above 106 qualifies as a Quantitative Reasoning course. In addition, PH 213 (Critical Thinking: Logic) and SO/PS 201 (Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences) will fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
  • Natural Science (4 credits) - Students complete a minimum of four credits in the natural sciences as part of University Studies. Natural sciences courses MUST incorporate a lab component. Courses for non- science majors include, but are not limited to: Biology 102, 125, 130; Chemistry 121& 151; Physics 100/104, 101/105, 106, 111/171, 151/171.
  • Fine Arts (3 credits) - Students complete a minimum of three credits in music, art, theatre or dance as part of University Studies. Courses for non-fine arts majors include, but are not limited to: Art 101, 235; Music History 100, 110, 213; Philosophy 309; Theatre 103; Dance courses (by permission of instructor)
  • Oral Communication Studies (3 credits) - Students complete one three-credit course in oral communication during their first or second year. This requirement may be satisfied by taking CO 200 or CO 242. Majors in the Tabor School of Business must take CO 242.
  • International Cultures & Structures (6-8 credits) - This two-course requirement focuses on cultures and social structures outside the United States. It may be satisfied by courses in modern language, internationally focused courses from a variety of disciplines, study abroad courses, or a combination of these.
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Click here for a detailed description of the MPSL.

 
 
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