Millikin University - Decatur, IL
The MPSL Non-Sequential Program
Non-sequential university studies requirements may be taken by students any time throughout their undergraduate experience at Millikin. These requirements insure a breadth of learning from a variety of academic disciplines and approaches to inquiry, including (1) a quantitative reasoning course, (2) a fine arts course, (3) a natural science with a laboratory experience, (4) an oral communication studies course, and (5) international cultures and structure studies. Through course advising, students can select and shape the direction of these non-sequential university studies requirements to complement and supplement learning opportunities in their majors.

Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
Quantitative reasoning courses teach students how to utilize qualitative and quantitative reasoning and the scientific method as tools in decision making and creative problem solving. This requirement may be fulfilled with any three or four credit math course numbered above 106. In addition, Philosophy 213 (Critical Thinking: Logic) and Sociology/Psychology 201 (Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences) will fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Natural Science Requirement
Natural Sciences courses are designed to advance experimental and theoretical learning. Students have a vast range of courses to match their intellectual interests. Explore the exciting world of chemistry, both in and outside the classroom.  Take astronomy and learn about the the principles underlying the diversity of astronomical objects. Biology courses offer students the living world as their classroom. The Natural Science requirement is recommended within the first three years at Millikin.

Learning Outcome Goals:
1. Use logic and the scientific method to analyze the natural world and solve problems.
2. Analyze issues in science which are important both personally and globally.
3. Connect theories and descriptions found in lectures and textbooks with real-world phenomena utilizing appropriate technology in laboratory and field environments.

Fine Arts Requirement
In fine arts courses students appreciate the intellectual and aesthetic contributions that the visual, dramatic, and/or performing arts make to their ability to understand themselves and others and to their capacity to enjoy their own and others’ creative processes and products. Students develop an understanding of themselves and the ability to reflect on and express their thoughts and feelings responsibly. This non-sequential requirement can be met with any fine arts course that blends experiential, theoretical, and reflective approaches.

Learning Outcome Goals:
1. Demonstrate engagement in the creative process.
2. Demonstrate the ability to respond to and reflect on the aesthetic experience of the arts.
3. Demonstrate connections between aesthetic experience and the larger cultural context of creation.

Oral Communication Requirement
One three-credit course in oral communication is required. This requirement may be satisfied by taking Communication 200 Public Speaking or Communication 242 Business and Professional Communication. Majors in the Tabor School of Business must take Communication 242. This requirement should be completed during the Freshman or Sophomore year. Oral Communication Studies courses combine communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. Students will develop effective and appropriate oral communication skills for diverse public contexts.

Learning Outcome Goals:
1. Understand and demonstrate communication processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
2. Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
3. Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
4. Use authority, point of view, and individual voice and style in communications.
5. Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

International Cultures and Structures
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. “Culture” refers to learned systems of meanings, and their representations, that people use to interact with the world around them, including language, values, beliefs, norms, traditions, customs, history, art, and artifacts. “Social structures” refers to generally stable patterns of interactions, from the smallest units found in individual social relationships, through larger economic, political and social institutions in societies, to worldwide systems of relationships among nations. Each course must address culture and/or social structure.

Learning Outcome Goals:
1. Analyze culturally diverse points of view through examination of primary sources.
2. Comprehend cultures and/or social structures of countries outside the United States.
3. Compare cultural and/or social structures found in countries outside the United States to those found within the US.
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL