University Studies Program Sequential Requirements

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. The sequential courses IN140, IN150, IN151, IN250, IN251, and IN350 form a common learning experience for undergraduate students at Millikin. Three learning threads are introduced and developed through the sequential requirements: (1) ethical reasoning, (2) reflection, and (3) intensive writing. The first year courses emphasize ethical reasoning and academic inquiry along with related skills necessary for academic success, including critical writing, reading, research, reflection, and communication. In the second year, all Millikin students take IN250 United States Cultural Studies and IN251 United States Structural Studies. Taught by faculty from across the disciplines, all students engage in ethical reasoning, writing, and reflection skills as they relate to the study of the diversity of cultures, institutions, and social structures in the United States. In the third year, we challenge all Millikin students to examine, reason, reflect, and write about global issues through IN350, which is taught by faculty from a variety of disciplines. The sequential University Studies requirements deliberately challenge students to prepare for academic success, to understand our own country’s multicultural realities and to make connections to the international global society of the contemporary world. The sequence introduces and reinforces key skills necessary for success and provides students with various models for ways of knowing and for inquiry into broader and more important questions that may arise within or beyond the major’s area of expertise. All along the way, students are asked to perform their learning through engagement in activities characteristic of democratic citizens in a global environment.  Such performance provides the foundation necessary for students to actively engage in civic duties now and beyond.

IN140. University Seminar (3)

First semester freshman year: This course is an introduction to academic inquiry at the college level. Seminar topics vary across sections. Each section engages students in critical and ethical reasoning, includes a service learning component, and addresses specific orientation topics.

IN150. Critical Writing, Reading, and Research I (3)

First semester freshman year. Course is designed to develop students as critical writers, readers, and researchers. Emphasis is placed on writing and reading as the path to critical thinking. Students are asked to read and critique texts actively, deliberately, and carefully; to write polished, informed essays for personal, public, and/or specialized audiences; and to reflect on the uses of reading and writing in their public and personal lives to better understand themselves, their communities, and the world. Library research component is introduced and integrated into the course. Section offerings vary in approach. Must be completed with a C or better.

IN151. Critical Writing, Reading, and Research II (3)

Second semester freshman year. Course is designed to position students as successful writers, readers and researchers as they move into advanced coursework. In addition to continuing to develop reading and writing skills introduced in the first semester course, students will be asked to conduct research to participate in academic inquiry. Each student will write a research paper that demonstrates the ability to incorporate resources and contribute to academic discourses and communities. An extended and intensive library research component is integrated into the course. Section offerings vary in approach.  Must be completed with a C or better.  Pre-requisites: IN150.

IN250. United States Cultural Studies (3)

Sophomore year. United States Cultural Studies courses explore the diversity of cultures in the United States, including historical perspectives that inform contemporary understandings of diversity issues. 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. Students will build on their introduction to ethical thinking by considering ethical and social justice issues and their responsibilities for democratic citizenship. These courses include a significant research component, are writing intensive, and require exploration of primary sources (e.g., texts, scholarly research, music, artifacts, etc.)..). Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing.

IN251. United States Structural Studies (3)

Sophomore year. United States Structural Studies courses explore the diversity of groups and institutions in the United States, including historical perspectives that inform contemporary understandings of diversity issues. 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. Students will build on their introduction to ethical thinking by considering ethical and social justice issues and their responsibilities for democratic citizenship. These courses include a significant research component, are writing intensive, and require exploration of primary sources (e.g., texts, scholarly research, music, artifacts, etc.)..).  Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing.

IN350. Global Issues (3)

Junior year. Global Issues courses, taken during the junior year, explore a topic of global importance. Students will continue to develop their understanding of democratic citizenship with an intense focus on a particular issue of global importance and associated ethical and social justice issues. These courses include a significant research component, are writing intensive, and require exploration of primary sources (e.g., texts, music, artifacts, etc.). Prerequisite: Junior standing.