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  • Areas of Study | Millikin University
    Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Menu Admission Aid Office of Admission Undergraduate Why Study at Millikin Cost Aid How to Apply After Acceptance Meet Your Counselor Visit Information Visit Campus Schedule a Visit Virtual Tour Maps Directions Area Information Admissions info for Transfer International PACE Accelerated Degrees Graduate Nursing Graduate Business Academics Areas of Study Colleges and Schools College of Arts Sciences College of Fine Arts Professional Studies Tabor School of Business Interdepartmental More Programs Graduate Programs PACE Accelerated Degrees Pre Professional English Language ESL Study Abroad Student Resources Staley Library Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty

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  • FAQs | Millikin University
    think well not what to think Our students are provided with the opportunity to learn how to think well by examining topics and issues central to the human condition For example does God or gods exist Is there good reason to believe in the existence of God gods If God gods exists how is that fact consistent with the existence of evil in the world Do human beings possess free will Is human behavior and action causally determined What implications if any are there for moral responsibility if human behavior is causally determined What justification is there for the state How should finite and scare resources be distributed within society What does it mean to judge a work of art beautiful What does it mean to judge a course of action morally right or morally wrong These questions and others like them are not only central to the human condition they are also among the most important and interesting questions to consider If you find these questions interesting and want to develop your critical thinking skills through consideration of them you should consider taking a philosophy class or more than one The philosophy program at Millikin is vibrant and strong while not being too large At any given time we typically have around 25 30 students pursuing a major or minor in philosophy Our size permits our faculty to work extensively with our students and provides many opportunities for individualized growth and mentoring In addition because we only require 30 credits to complete the major many of our students are able to double major or pursue minors in other fields of study Indeed we encourage our students to pursue a broad liberal arts education We have designed our curriculum to provide students with various options or tracks by which to complete the major The traditional philosophy track ensures students are exposed to the core areas of philosophy metaphysics and epistemology logic ethics and the history of philosophy This track prepares those students intending to pursue graduate study in philosophy The pre law track emphasizes courses that are helpful in preparing students for law school and the practice of law Finally the ethics track emphasizes normative reasoning in the context of ethical theory applied ethics e g bioethics environmental ethics etc and political philosophy We have worked to fit our curriculum to the needs and interests of our students What do I do with a philosophy major These are by far the most frequently asked questions students have about majoring in philosophy The answer Start with the fact that philosophy has always been at the heart of a college education Follow up with the fact that philosophy courses feature some of the most exciting interesting and accessible professors and students at Millikin Then consider the kinds of fascinating questions with which philosophy grapples Who am I How can I know What should I do Does God exist If God exists how is that fact consistent with the existence of evil in

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  • Faculty & Staff | Millikin University
    Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Menu Admission Aid Office of Admission Undergraduate Why Study at Millikin Cost Aid How to Apply After Acceptance Meet Your Counselor Visit Information Visit Campus Schedule a Visit Virtual Tour Maps Directions Area Information Admissions info for Transfer International PACE Accelerated Degrees Graduate Nursing Graduate Business Academics Areas of Study Colleges and Schools College of Arts Sciences College of Fine Arts Professional Studies Tabor School of Business Interdepartmental More Programs Graduate Programs PACE Accelerated Degrees Pre Professional English Language ESL Study Abroad Student Resources Staley Library Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery

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  • Teaching Excellence | Millikin University
    Menu Admission Aid Office of Admission Undergraduate Why Study at Millikin Cost Aid How to Apply After Acceptance Meet Your Counselor Visit Information Visit Campus Schedule a Visit Virtual Tour Maps Directions Area Information Admissions info for Transfer International PACE Accelerated Degrees Graduate Nursing Graduate Business Academics Areas of Study Colleges and Schools College of Arts Sciences College of Fine Arts Professional Studies Tabor School of Business Interdepartmental More Programs Graduate Programs PACE Accelerated Degrees Pre Professional English Language ESL Study Abroad Student Resources Staley Library Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Teaching Excellence Philosophy You are here Home Academics College of Arts Sciences Philosophy Faculty Staff Teaching Excellence Commitment to Teaching Excellence Among the most important factors impacting the quality of one s educational experience is the quality of the teaching one receives The Philosophy Department at Millikin University is unrivaled in terms of objective measures of teaching quality For example each member of the Philosophy Department has received the highest university wide award for teaching excellence the Teaching Excellence Award This award is given to faculty members who have made a distinctive difference in classroom teaching campus leadership pioneering teaching methodology creative course development and instructional support In addition each member of the Philosophy Department has received the Alpha Lambda Delta Teacher of the Year Award Given by the freshmen sophomore honor society this award is given to faculty members based on their ability to teach knowledge of the subject matter ability to present material in a clear and understandable fashion ability to motivate students to self discovery in learning and for the care and concern shown to students in and out of the classroom Another important piece of evidence for the quality of teaching delivered by the Philosophy Department comes from our students Student evaluations of philosophy faculty consistently place our Department among the highest if not the highest of any department on campus Data from the spring 2014 and fall 2013 semesters are provided below This data based on a five point scale represent Philosophy Department averages across all courses taught by all three faculty members These results are both exceptional and typical Spring 2014 Student Instructional Review Data SIR Item Philosophy Department Means University Means Course Organization Planning 4

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  • Get Involved | Millikin University
    to deliver based on their analysis of the closed case file materials persuasive legal arguments before a panel of justices Each team has a maximum of 30 minutes to present arguments While team members can divide up the presentation of arguments as they see fit competition rules require that each team member argue for at least 10 minutes During the presentation of oral arguments justices a combination of legal professionals from central Illinois law school students and college students who have had prior experience participating as attorneys in the competition Ask questions Offer rejoinders Propose hypothetical scenarios in response to the arguments made by student attorneys Student attorneys must demonstrate listening skills and the ability to think critically on their feet as they work to respond to the justices After a round of argument concludes a formal rubric is utilized to assess student performance in five main categories knowledge of the case organization and reasoning courtroom manner forensic skills and responding to questions Teams advance in the competition based on their performance as assessed by the justices utilizing the rubric The on campus classroom component of PH366 relies on a simulation model in which we replicate what will happen at the competition including conducting oral arguments in class The competition and hence the on campus classroom component employs the closed case method that is used at most moot court competitions The closed case file is the file that serves as the basis of the Model Illinois Government Moot Court Competition held in early March The case file includes numerous items a statement of the facts of the case the rulings by the lower courts select court case precedents relevant federal and or state statutory provisions and relevant constitutional provisions The course and attached competition involve no research that goes beyond the materials provided in the closed case file On the basis of this material and this material only students complete a range of assignments designed to engage them in the central aspects of appellate legal reasoning and prepare them for the competition This course prepares students for the competition by supervising analysis of the closed case file and by providing structured opportunities for students to develop and practice delivering their oral arguments on campus before going to competition Students who participate in moot court draw on while developing further many of the key skills that are emphasized in our philosophy curriculum as well as our wider University Studies curriculum Critical analytical reading Critical ethical reasoning Oral communication Collaborative learning among others It is worth noting that students who participate in moot court represent a very diverse range of disciplines This past year 2015 was typical Student participants had majors or minors in the following disciplines Majors acting math music philosophy political science psychology and sociology Minors biology criminal justice finance history political science Spanish and writing Over the past eleven years Millikin students have performed exceptionally well The team and individual awards speak for themselves Team First Place Finishes 8

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  • Professional Success | Millikin University
    surface the breaking up of a problem into manageable components the meticulous exploration of the implications of an opponent s arguments are mainly the same Richard A Posner Overcoming Law Cambridge and London Harvard University Press 1995 9 Emma Prendergast Class of 2014 2014 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Emma Prendergast is pursuing a Ph D in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison starting fall 2014 The philosophy program at Wisconsin is a top tier program nationally Emma was awarded a highly competitive fellowship for the first year guaranteed financial support for six years and was one of fifty one students across the country to receive a 5000 Phi Kappa Phi fellowship in support of her graduate study Emma was a James Millikin Scholar in the Millikin Honors Program She earned numerous awards honoring her academic achievements during her time at Millikin including membership in Alpha Lambda Delta and receiving the Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Philosophy 2013 Perhaps most impressively Emma was honored at the spring 2013 Honors Convocation with a Scovill Award the highest academic honor that Millikin University bestows on its students At Millikin Emma was afforded the opportunity to engage in research and produce scholarship For example Emma presented her paper Mo Tzu s Law of Universal Mutual Love and the Prisoner s Dilemma at the 24 th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference at Truman State In addition she published multiple creative haiku writings For example she wrote a creative haiku sequence in response to Nietzsche s Thus Spoke Zarathustra prologue She wrote haiku starting with Zarathustra s symbolic descent from his home in the mountains followed by a series of haiku that embodied his concept of the overman accompanied by some original photos She also had haiku published in two journals a senryu magazine called Prune Juice and a New Zealand haiku magazine Kokako Senryu is a satirical type of haiku Emma was a three year participant in Millikin s moot court program In the three competitions in which she participated her team took second place twice 2013 and 2014 Emma was honored with the John Williams Award for Most Outstanding Attorney at the 2013 competition Success in this kind of venue is the epitome of successful performance learning at a professional level a key learning goal in our curriculum Emma demonstrated a strong commitment to campus and community leadership Emma served as student senate sophomore representative a first year experience mentor and editor for Millikin s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity In addition to these various leadership roles Emma was an active participant in numerous campus organizations and clubs including Model Illinois Government Moot Court Model United Nations Philosophy Club University Women s Choir and Delta Delta Delta Emma worked as a desk assistant in the library Finally she has served as a tutor youth supervisor with Homework Hangout taking her leadership and service skills to the larger Decatur community Links to Emma s published haiku Haiku published in Prune Juice Issue 9 July 2012 By KoKaKo issue 17 September 2012 Justin Allen Class of 2010 2010 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Justin Allen is currently an associate attorney with the firm of Plews Shadley Racher and Braun in Indianapolis Indiana Justin concentrates in commercial litigation environmental litigation and insurance cost recovery actions Prior to accepting a position with Plews Justin was an associate with the firm of Taft Stettinius and Hollister in Indianapolis Indiana where he worked in their litigation group At Millikin Justin was both a Presidential Scholar and a James Millikin Scholar in our Honors Program He earned numerous awards honoring his academic achievements during his time at Millikin including the 2010 T W Samuels Award for Most Outstanding Student in Pre law and the 2009 T W Adney Award for Outstanding Student in Pre law Justin was a three year participant in Millikin s moot court program In the three competitions in which he participated Justin s team took second place 2007 first place 2009 and first place 2010 Justin was honored with the John Williams Award for Most Outstanding Attorney at the 2009 competition Success in this kind of venue is the epitome of successful performance learning at a professional level a key learning goal in our curriculum Justin demonstrated a strong commitment to campus and community leadership He served as student senate president fall 2007 and he was honored as the 2009 Junior Male Campus Leader of the Year In addition he worked for two Illinois state representatives and completed an internship with Macon County Circuit Judge Timothy Steadman The analytical reasoning and critical thinking skills that Justin honed at Millikin served him well at Washington University School of Law where he recently earned his J D graduating cum laude May 2013 In law school Justin s academic success earned him an invitation to join the Washington University Law Review where he served as a senior staff editor In addition his case note The Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth Compelled False Testimony under Garcetti v Ceballos was selected for publication in the Review Justin also continued his success in oral advocacy He earned a Legal Practice Excellence in Oral Advocacy Certificate In addition he was honored with the Golden Gavel Award for top oral advocate at the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition 2011 and was a member of the Washington University Environmental Moot Court champion team 2012 Justin continued to compliment his academic activities and endeavors with important service and practical experiential learning opportunities Justin served as the Student Bar Association 2L Class Representative served as President of the Student Law Association of St Louis and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate for St Louis County Dustin Clark Class of 2010 2010 Millikin graduate and philosophy major Dustin Clark is an associate attorney with the firm of Cahill Gordon and Reindel in New York City New York in September 2014 As noted on the firm

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  • Resources | Millikin University
    University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Resources Philosophy Department You are here Home Academics College of Arts Sciences Philosophy Resources Department History Philosophy at Millikin is as old at the university itself The first University President Albert R Taylor taught ethics under the auspices of the Philosophy Department The department offered courses in both philosophy and psychology John Rouse joined the department in 1909 Luther Henderson assumed a newly endowed chair Edward W Harriet E Rouse Chair in 1918 followed by James Melrose Charles Godcharles and Raymond Brewer In 1954 at the end of Brewer s term the chair was dissolved and psychology became a separate department from philosophy Our most famous alumna is certainly Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz In 1928 she was the first student to graduate from Millikin with a straight A average Alice received her Ph D in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1932 In 1932 she traveled to England to do post doctoral research at Cambridge University studying under perhaps the most important philosopher of the 20th century Ludwig Wittgenstein Alice received a second doctoral degree from Cambridge and in 1935 she left England and accepted a teaching position at the University of Michigan which she held for two years In 1937 she went to Smith College and along with her husband Morris Lazerowitz whom she married in 1938 spent the remainder of her career in the Smith Philosophy Department After her death in 2001 she left Millikin the funds that now endow the Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Prize in Philosophy http sophia smith edu blog smithipedia faculty staff lazerowitz alice ambrose Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz was born to Albert Lee and Bonnie Belle Ambrose on November 25 1906 in Lexington IL She attended Millikin University as an undergraduate 1924 1928 and received her Ph D in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1932 In 1932 she traveled to England to do post doctoral research at Cambridge University studying under perhaps the most important philosopher of the 21st century Ludwig Wittgenstein It is due to Lazerowitz and a few select others in the Cambridge philosophical community of the 1930s that The Blue Book 1933 1934 and The Brown Book 1934 1935 two central texts in the Wittgenstein canon were written and published Both books were published after the philosopher s death and are essentially transcripts of Wittgenstein s lectures and dictations during those years In a ca 1990 document called Recollections of Wittgenstein and described as preparatory materials for tape recording at E Carolina University Lazerowitz writes Wittgenstein was demanding of both himself and others The ruling passion of his life was to do philosophy properly The compelling force of his own values communicated itself and with both himself and others there was no compromise with those values whether intellectual moral or aesthetic p 4 This passage not only vividly captures Wittgenstein

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  • Helpful Links | Millikin University
    International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club Patrons Society About Faculty Staff Directory At A Glance Mission Values Millikin History Employment Accreditation University Marketing Administration Office of the President Office of the Provost Student Development Board of Trustees Faculty Staff Directory Media Newsroom Calendar of Events Video Gallery Photo Gallery Press Kit Menu Admission Aid Office of Admission Undergraduate Why Study at Millikin Cost Aid How to Apply After Acceptance Meet Your Counselor Visit Information Visit Campus Schedule a Visit Virtual Tour Maps Directions Area Information Admissions info for Transfer International PACE Accelerated Degrees Graduate Nursing Graduate Business Academics Areas of Study Colleges and Schools College of Arts Sciences College of Fine Arts Professional Studies Tabor School of Business Interdepartmental More Programs Graduate Programs PACE Accelerated Degrees Pre Professional English Language ESL Study Abroad Student Resources Staley Library Academic Calendar Registrar Academic Resources International Education Athletics Campus Life Residence Life Activity Calendar of Events Student Organizations Decatur Community Greek Life Kirkland Fine Arts Center Student Life Health Wellness Centers Facilities Campus Involvement Dining Residence Life Services Student Handbook Public Safety Information Technology Career Center Support Services Alumni Friends Get Involved Stay Connected Alumni News Quarterly Magazine Alumni Directory Featured Alumni Resources Alumni Events Alumni Calendar Homecoming Goodheart Event Founder s Day Lindsay Medallion Give To MU Give Ways to Give Millikin Fund Big Blue Club

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