Featured History & Political Science Alumni
My favorite part about my Millikin experience was being a history major. Each professor showed a genuine interest in my education and professional success which began at orientation and has continued after graduation. The atmosphere in the history department is one of support and growth, which attributes to why the community is so tight-knit. I loved experiencing my history classes with a core group of friends throughout all four years.
The Millikin History Department shares a very close relationship with students. The faculty cares deeply for the students and wants to help them succeed in every aspect of their lives. I have spent countless hours in professors’ offices discussing class lectures, research topics, books,and my future goals. The faculty has been my sounding board and has guided me to achieve success in the classroom and in the professional field. Through the History Department, I have become a well-rounded individual.I have developed my writing, reading, debating, and critical thinking skills.
My freshman year at Millikin University, someone once asked me why I love history. At that time in my life I was not necessarily sure. However, my four years in the History Department at Millikin University has taught me to look beyond the dates, names and events and into the true study of history.
My experience with the History Department at Millikin has been nothing but positive. Every day, every class, and every professor presented challenging questions and problems that made you look at history in a completely different way. The lessons I have learned have been extraordinary.
Not only that, the history department taught me to be a well-rounded person. It taught me how to read, write, debate, and most importantly, to think critically. The experiences I have had will go beyond college and continue to provide answers in my future life.
One of the greatest attributes of the Millikin History Department is that we are so close-knit. The intimacy of our classes provided a great setting to share ideas and opinions regarding all types of social science.
Although Millikin’s History Department is small, I was able to experience an incredible variety of teaching styles, course topics, discussions, and debates. I was exposed to several aspects of the realm of history that I never thought possible
I originally came to Millikin University to become a part of its renowned music program. As a freshman music business major, I was unaware that the music program was not the only excellent course of study at Millikin. My sophomore year, I changed my major to secondary education/social sciences.
As a philosophy student as well as a history student, I find my study of history inevitably intertwined with a search for the absolute. I have found that Millikin University’ s history department has equipped me with the tools I need to undertake that search, but it has not done the searching for me. The caliber of history courses at Millikin is uncommonly high, and they have consequently forced me to think in new ways and to face difficult questions that I otherwise might not have encountered, even in a philosophy class.
I graduated from Millikin University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish. I went immediately on to the Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois, where I am now planning to take my doctoral exams and to apply for funding for my advanced dissertation research. I look back on my years at Millikin with incredible fondness, not for nostalgic reasons,but for the extreme openness and availability of the faculty while I was there and in every year since I graduated.