Millikin University

Introduction

Welcome to Millikin University!

Millikin is an independent, four year university that is privately funded and has an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students in traditional and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Located in Decatur, Illinois, you will quickly discover that the signature of a Millikin education is a unique experience we like to call Performance Learning.

Since its founding more than 110 years ago, Millikin has operated under the philosophy of providing an education that combines theory with practice. While this was a radical idea at the time, we know today that practice is not enough.

Today's students must perform their knowledge in order to be truly prepared for a successful career after college. Through immersive experiences such as internships, co-teaching, running a business, presenting research to experts, and performing in front of audiences – students find new ways to live out their learning and reap the rewards of their hard work.

The Result:

Millikin students graduate with the experience and confidence to succeed. In 2014, 96% of graduates gained employment or entry to graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation.

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Mission

To deliver on the promise of education

Millikin University has been true to its founding vision for 100 years. Our students learn through real-world projects that reinforce classroom experiences, help develop practical skills, and express the University's responsibility to the community. They learn to see connections with other academic disciplines to demonstrate the diversity of human experience, the interactions between technology and society...And they learn about themselves and others, developing a respect for differences and for the dignity of all.

At Millikin, we prepare students for:

  • Professional success
  • Democratic citizenship in a global environment
  • A personal life of meaning and value

Our vision

Millikin University is the national leader in Performance Learning

Our values

At Millikin University, we value:

  • Commitment to the discovery of knowledge
  • Civil debate
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Dignity and respect for individuals
  • A diverse and inclusive community
  • Integrity and responsibility
  • Advancement of the greater good
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Who was James Millikin?

James Millikin was born in Ten Mile, Washington County, Pennsylvania, August 2, 1827, according to Dr. Albert Reynolds Taylor's research, which found considerable uncertainty as to exact dates. He was the son of Abel and Nancy (Van Dyke) Millikin, a moderately wealthy farmer in Western Pennsylvania. His grandfather came from Ireland as a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian in 1771. His mother was of Dutch origin, whose ancestors came to America in the seventeenth century. James Millikin would later name Van Dyke Street in northwest Decatur in her honor around 1880.

Little is really known about his childhood. As a farm boy, James helped drive herds of steers to New York City. In the fall of 1846, he matriculated in Washington College (now Washington and Jefferson College), Washington, Pennsylvania. It was while attending Washington that he made the vow to found an institution of learning, if ever he were able, to fit youth for occupations.

The lure of the west called James, and in 1849 he accompanied his father on a sheep drive into Indiana and again in 1850 to Danville, Illinois. During the winter of 1850, he was at Wabash College, although records are unclear as to what he studied, or how long. Returning to Pennsylvania in 1851 for more sheep, he again drove them to Danville with a partner named McFarland.

During the 1850's, James continued to increase his flocks and herds. He rented many farms for grazing and was called "the cattle king of the Prairie State." He also started purchasing real estate, most of it from public domain.

In 1856, James Millikin arrived in Decatur, where he continued in his livestock and real estate dealings. On January 1, 1857, he married Anna Bernice Aston, daughter of the Rev. Samuel M. Aston, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mount Zion since 1855. Mr. Aston was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Ten Mile, Pennsylvania, when James was in his early teens, and Anna and her sister Nancy had been educated in Washington Female Seminary in Washington.

James Millikin entered the banking business in 1860, placing his board J. Millikin & Co. in front of the building that was formerly home to the Railroad Bank, which had recently failed. He gradually reduced his livestock holdings and devoted his interests to real estate and banking, with some investments into local industry. He assisted in the organization of the Union Iron Works, serving as its president, as well as the Decatur Coal Company. His bank became the largest banking institution in Illinois outside of Chicago. In 1897, he reorganized his bank as the Millikin National Bank of Decatur.

He served on various boards in the city, including as member of the Board of Supervisors and as an Alderman. While he ran for State Senator, a distrust of banks that was prominent in the Middle West defeated him.

In 1876, he built a house at Pine and West Main Streets in Decatur. Following the founding of the university, Mr. Millikin continued in his banking business until his death on March 2, 1909 in Orlando, Florida.

Mrs. Millikin died on July 29, 1913. To the city of Decatur she left her early benefaction, the Anna B. Millikin Home for aged women, which had been organized in 1879 as the Girls' Industrial School of Old Ladies' Home. In her will, she bequeathed her home and lot to be the home of the Decatur Art Institute, owned by the university and managed jointly by the university and the citizens of Decatur. She had participated in the selection of the university colors and served as chairman of the Women's Hall section of the Building Committee after July 7, 1908. Faculty committee and the Board of Managers would later name this dormitory Aston Hall for her family. The Millikins died without issue, besides the philanthropic gifts to the city of Decatur.

Millikin's Vision

What James Millikin envisioned when he founded Millikin University in 1901 was unique: a university that would embrace the "practical" side of learning along with the "literary and classical;" and, while affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, it would not be narrowly "sectarian" and would remain open to all.

The result is one of the nation's first small, comprehensive universities that, a century later, has three professional schools and one for the liberal arts and sciences; a well-rounded university where programs in classical music vie in excellence with those in accounting and the health sciences.

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Commitment to Diversity

Millikin University is committed to creating a campus culture that respects and values diversity. At Millikin, diversity is seen in broad terms, including race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and age.

Through the recruitment of diverse students, staff, faculty, and administrators and by creating an environment that values diversity, Millikin seeks to provide an engaged learning community in which diversity enhances the total educational experience. Millikin University is committed to:

  • Creating a diverse campus population,
  • Fostering a campus atmosphere where diversity is valued, and
  • Generating a campus learning community that embraces diversity.

Millikin continually develops policies and procedures and allocates resources in ways consistent with these commitments. It is the policy of Millikin University to afford equal opportunity for all persons without distinction or discrimination based on race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or age.

Millikin University. Where students thrive.

Our passions may be different, but our goals are the same: academic success, career preparation, and personal growth. Millikin University provides you with the tools needed to succeed in each of these areas.

Obviously academics are central to your college experience, but college is so much more than that. We understand that you have needs and interests that extend beyond the classroom and we are committed to providing a supportive environment that helps you focus on what's important.

From housing to student organizations, and from mock interviews to intramural sports teams, Millikin has options that will make you feel at home.

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Bachelor in Biology

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2017 USA Decatur

Biology majors may obtain either a B.A. or a B.S. degree by completing 36 to 48 biology credits in one of three tracks in the biology program. The traditional track is well suited for students interested in medicine (pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant, pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, or pre-optometry) or graduate programs. [+]

Program Highlights Biology majors may obtain either a B.A. or a B.S. degree by completing 36 to 48 biology credits in one of three tracks in the biology program. The traditional track is well suited for students interested in medicine (pre-medicine, pre-physician assistant, pre-chiropractic, pre-dentistry, pre-veterinary medicine, or pre-optometry) or graduate programs. Biology majors are required to take at least one course and earn a grade of C- or better from each of six biology content categories. In-Demand, Versatile Field of Study Contemporary biology is one of the fastest growing areas of science; it is at the same time tremendously exciting, relevant and challenging. Biologists using innovative ideas and revolutionary technologies are confronting many of the world’s most pressing problems. Millikin’s Biology program provides students with broad training in modern biology, which they can use to pursue careers in any area of the life sciences. Our Pre-Professional program prepares students for medical, dental, optometry, chiropractic, veterinary, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical technology graduate programs. Biology also has programs that prepare students for graduate school to obtain advanced degrees for careers in research and/or teaching. The Secondary Education program prepares students for teaching at the high school level. Pre-graduate program students who plan to attend graduate school to obtain advanced degrees can follow either the traditional biology track or the molecular and cell biology track depending on their specific interests; they should also have research experience. Areas of Study Biology Biology Education Environmental Biology Molecular and Cell Biology Minors Sample Plan of Study This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from Millikin. While this sample demonstrates a plan of study that covers eight semesters, each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different. [-]

Bachelor in Business Management

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2017 USA Decatur

This degree area focuses on using human, financial, technology, and material resources to meet organizational goals. Managers must be skilled in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling these resources. [+]

Program Highlights This degree area focuses on using human, financial, technology, and material resources to meet organizational goals. Managers must be skilled in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling these resources. The Management major prepares students to manage challenges and leverage opportunities in a contemporary, changing, and global business environment. Students majoring in Management lead in teams, develop decision-making skills, and demonstrate their abilities through competition. Students gain these experiences through their hands-on class projects, internships, and global experiences. Program outcomes for students Develop highly sought after job related skills involving relationship building, teamwork, written and oral communication, and critical thinking. Demonstrate analytical skills (verbal and written) for decision making under uncertainty and incompetitive environments. Discover how to leverage personal, team, and organizational competencies to optimize performance. Demonstrate knowledge of leadership with an appreciation for ethical, cultural, and global influences. Apply management theories and concepts in real-world organizations and situations. Practice your skills in one of our student-run businesses Students can serve as business specialists, working with organizations to solve business problems. Millikin Accounting Association ACM CEO Collegiate DECA Tabor Advisory Council Our Mission The Tabor School of Business creates opportunities for students to perform and compete, early and often, to build the confidence to succeed. We expect commitment, hard work, accountability, and honesty. Tabor Focus Students learn and develop successful business practices. Students will be better prepared for their career path when they perform what they have learned. Performance Learning projects include student-run ventures, small business consulting teams, client projects, internships, auditing projects, business plans, student-managed investment fund, and numerous other opportunities to demonstrate their learning. Tabor students develop skills and attitudes needed to compete and succeed in the workplace by: Doing in-field work early and often. Customizing their experience by learning marketable skills through certificates. Take an optional fifth year and complete a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA). The four year experience Tabor students have an integrated experience with companion learning labs that tie key components together. The four year experience involves: Year 1: Early Business Engagement Year 2: Sharpened Thinking and Enhanced Communication Year 3: Expertise Building, Management, and Leadership Year 4: Demonstrating Mastery Key outcomes Students who major in Tabor: Develop a personal brand and vision. Create business plans and assess risk. Use spreadsheet, word processing, database, and project management software to get work done. Prepare financial statements and communicate financial information. Use financial and statistical information to make decisions. Create and deliver formal written reports and oral business presentations, lead meetings, and engage in professional conversations. Work with third parties in the community early and often. Develop strategic plans. [-]

Bachelor in Music Performance

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2017 USA Decatur

The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance develops excellence in music performance and prepares you for a career as a professional musical artist or for the private teaching of applied music. [+]

Program Highlights The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance develops excellence in music performance and prepares you for a career as a professional musical artist or for the private teaching of applied music. Applied areas include: piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, flute, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. This degree provides opportunities to receive one-on-one pedagogical instruction unique to your instrument or voice, perform a junior and senior recital, and take advanced courses in music theory and musicology. In addition, students will receive professional experiences through teaching in the Millikin University Preparatory Department, internships and service learning projects, and opportunities to work as a professional musician in area ensembles. Areas of emphasis There are three areas of emphasis that you can select from in this program. Vocal Performance Instrumental Performance Piano Performance Learning goals for this program Develop rigorous performance competency (solo and ensemble) Develop extended knowledge in history, theory and conducting Learn pedagogy and literature for the specific applied performance area One Passion, Many Options The Millikin Music Department offers many avenues for music enthusiasts to grow their skills and advance their career in the music industry. We offer five degree programs, one minor, and a host of instrumental and vocal bands and ensembles. Whether you're pursing a full-time career in music or just looking to expand your skills through involved in an ensemble, we have options that will fit your needs and interests. Sample Plan of Study This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from this program. While this sample demonstrates a plan of study that covers eight semesters, each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different. [-]

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BA in Theatre

Campus Full time 8 semesters September 2017 USA Decatur

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is an exciting degree for those seeking a broad-based theatre education. Designed to allow maximum flexibility, the B.A. offers students the opportunity to tailor their degrees to meet their individual academic and career goals. [+]

Program Highlights The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is an exciting degree for those seeking a broad-based theatre education. Designed to allow maximum flexibility, the B.A. offers students the opportunity to tailor their degrees to meet their individual academic and career goals. Core Learning Goals Our core departmental learning goals have been woven into all aspects of this rigorous four-year program from classroom and studio work, to rehearsals and productions in our mainstage season. Technique Analysis Professionalism Collaboration Versatility in the Curriculum The flexibility of the B.A. program enables students to customize their education to suit their individual interests. Areas of focus may include: Directing Research and Dramaturgy House Management Marketing Arts Administration Arts Management Arts Entrepreneurship Performance The B.A. Opens Doors The B.A. is also an excellent choice for those seeking: A second major A minor Graduate programs A well-rounded education that can open doors to many fields in the theatre industry and beyond Mainstage Season Millikin’s mainstage season provides B.A. students with many opportunities to gain valuable production experience on stage and off. Our B.A.’s stay active in all areas of production including (but not limited to) dramaturgy, stage managing, house managing, assisting directors and choreographers, designing, performing, and production managing. A typical season will include: 2 musicals 2 plays 1 dance concert In alternating seasons an opera co-produced with the School of Music or a 3rd play The Millikin Difference The small school environment at Millikin University offers students many advantages including: Individualized attention Studio classes capped at 16 Annual progress evaluations Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations Interactions with students from other disciplines Active Participation Students enrolled in the B.A. program are active participants in all of our departmental activities, including Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, (our student theatre company), the New Musicals Initiative, and the aforementioned mainstage season. Why Choose Millikin? There are a number of things that help set Millikin apart from other schools: Small school environment First-rate faculty National reputation Individualized attention Faculty/student mentorships and collaborations Senior professional development experience (showcase) Master classes with working professionals Study abroad in our London Semester New Musicals Initiative Creativity Takes Many Forms The Department of Theatre and Dance offers six major degree programs and two minor programs all within the context of a liberal arts education. Competent craftsmanship, creativity, and the development of artistic responsibility are emphasized throughout a student's career. Students are admitted to the B.F.A. programs based upon auditions and/or interviews and only after being admitted to the University. Students must pass a second audition/interview at the end of their freshman year to continue in B.F.A. programs. Sample Plan of Study This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from this program. While this sample demonstrates a plan of study that covers eight semesters, each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different. [-]

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1184 W. Main St.
Decatur, Illinois, 62522 US
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