Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Biola University Interdisciplinary Studies major is to provide a program in which students can be exposed to the central and essential concepts and practices of two disciplines within a framework that simultaneously exposes them to central concepts and practices of interdisciplinary thinking and inquiry. In so doing, the major will develop Christian scholars whose position at the intersections of their chosen disciplines provides them with the unique knowledge, tools, and habits of mind that will allow them to comprehend, establish new insights about, and develop innovative approaches and solutions for both new and enduring local, national, and global problems and issues in ways that extend beyond the understanding, insights, approaches, and solutions available through the lens of a single disciplinary perspective. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, students will be able to:

1. Identify, integrate, and synthesize the theories, methods, and critical perspectives of their chosen disciplinary emphases (ULO 1).
2. Evaluate, critically analyze, and synthesize disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and practices with Biblical values and truths (ULO 1 and 3).
3. Identify and articulate connections between their interdisciplinary intellectual inquiries and their own ethical positions in terms of contemporary challenges facing individuals, communities, and societies (ULO 2 and 3).

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
ITDS 220Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies3
ITDS 250Integration Lab I1
ITDS 255Integration Lab II1
ITDS 360Interdisciplinary Topics3
ITDS 475Capstone for Interdisciplinary Studies3
Specialization Courses
Select two of the specializations detailed below24-30
Total Credits35-41

Specializations

Art History

Recommended Core Curriculum (GE) Course
Art Appreciation
Specialization Courses
ARTS 116History of Western Art I: Prehistoric Through Renaissance3
ARTS 126History of Western Art II: Baroque through Modernism3
Select two of the following:6
Modernity: Realism to Surrealism
Contemporary Art Trends
Seminar in Art History
Seminar in Art
Global Art Paradigms
Interdisciplinary Investigations
Art Theory and Criticism
Total Credits12

Art History/Studio Art

Specialization Courses
Select two of the following:6
Modernity: Realism to Surrealism
Contemporary Art Trends
Seminar in Art History
Seminar in Art
Global Art Paradigms
Interdisciplinary Investigations
Art Theory and Criticism
Select one of the following tracks:6
Drawing
Drawing I (fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for fine art)
Drawing II
Drawing III
Figure Studies
Figure Studies I (fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for fine art)
Figure Studies II
Advanced Studio Practicum (taken as "Figure Studies")
Sculpture
Sculpture I (fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for fine art)
Sculpture II
Sculpture III
Ceramics
Ceramics I (fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for fine art)
Ceramics II
Advanced Studio Practicum (taken as "Ceramics")
Photography
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes (fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for fine art)
Photography II-Studies in Color
Contemporary Photographic Practices
Painting
Painting I (fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement for fine art)
Painting II
Painting III
Total Credits12

Communication Studies

Specialization Courses
COMM 254Communication Theories3
COMM 386Forms of Public Communication3
COMM 470Communication Seminar1-3
COMM 473Communication and Diversity3
COMM 474Advanced Studies in Communication Behavior3
Total Credits13-15

English

Specialization Courses
ENGL 320Studies in Grammar and Language3
ENGL 390Introduction to Critical Theory3
Select one of the following:3
British Literature II
American Literature II
Select one of the following:3
Studies in American Literature
Studies in British Literature
Total Credits12

Environmental Science

Core Curriculum (GE) Course
BIOS 103Introduction to Environmental Science3
Specialization Courses
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
Select one of the following:4
Global Development and Ecological Sustainability
Environmental Ethics
Select one of the following:4
Field Biology
Conservation Biology
Total Credits15

History

Specialization Courses
HIST 290Research Methods in History3
Select 12 credits of elective courses from the following:12
The Colonial Period, American Revolution, 1607–1800
Social and Intellectual History of the United States
The Rise of Modern America, 1877–1920
The American West
History of Russia
Renaissance and Reformation
Early Modern Europe
Twentieth Century Europe
History of the Middle East and Islam I
History of the Middle East and Islam II
History of Israel and Zionism
Capstone: History in Christian Faith and Practice
Total Credits15

Organizational Management

Specialization Courses
BUSN 240Principles of Management3
BUSN 318Human Resource Management3
BUSN 410Customer Relationship Management3
BUSN 421Leadership and Change3
Select 3 credits of upper-division BUSN elective courses3
Total Credits15

Philosophy

Specialization Courses
PHIL 230Introduction to Practical Wisdom3
PHIL 231Practical Wisdom Lab I1
PHIL 301Greek and Roman Philosophy3
PHIL 302Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 303Modern Philosophy3
Total Credits13

Political Science

Specialization Courses
POSC 208World Politics3
POSC 250Foundations of the American Political System3
POSC 256Virtue, Citizenship, and Politics3
Select one of the following:3
Political Philosophy – Ancient
Political Philosophy – Modern
Total Credits12

Political Science: International Relations

Specialization Courses
POSC 208World Politics3
POSC 308Foreign Policy and Diplomacy3
Select two of the following:6
Liberty and the Free Market in England
National Security Strategy and Military Affairs
Wealth and Justice
Total Credits12

Sociology

Specialization Courses
SOCI 220Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 441Social Theory3
SOCI 443Methods of Sociological Research3
Select one of the following:3
Sociology of Gender
Unequal Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Crime
Ethnic and Minority Groups
Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender
Total Credits12

Spanish: Second Language Learners

Specialization Courses
SPAN 202Spanish Language and Culture IV4
SPAN 300Advanced Spanish Communication I4
SPAN 301Advanced Spanish Communication II4
Total Credits12

Spanish: Heritage Language Learners

Specialization Courses
SPAN 215Basic Spanish for the Heritage Learner4
SPAN 310Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I4
SPAN 311Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II4
Total Credits12