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).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

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
Concentrations
Select two of the concentrations detailed below. The concentrations must be from different disciplines.24-30
Total Credits35-41

Concentrations

Art History

If chosen, the second concentration may not be Art History/Studio Art.

Recommended Core Curriculum Course
Art Appreciation
Concentration 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

If chosen, the second concentration may not be Art History.

Concentration 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

Concentration 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

Concentration Courses
ENGL 320Studies in Grammar and Language3
ENGL 390Introduction to Critical Theory3
Select one of the following:3
British Literature I
British Literature II
British Literature III
Select one of the following:3
American Literature I
American Literature II
Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
Select one of the following:3
Studies in American Literature
Studies in British Literature
Total Credits15

English: Writing

Concentration Courses
ENGL 245Advanced Composition3
ENGL 320Studies in Grammar and Language3
Select one of the following:3
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
Select one of the following:3
Studies in Specialized Writing
Technical and Digital Communication
Total Credits12

Environmental Science

Core Curriculum Course
BIOS 103Introduction to Environmental Science 13
Concentration Courses
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
Select two of the following:6-8
Ecological Agriculture
Global Development and Ecological Sustainability
Marine Biology
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Health: An Ecological Perspective
Conservation Biology
General Ecology
Additional courses are available through Au Sable Institute of Environmental Science.
Total Credits13-15

Financial Planning

Concentration Courses
BUSN 243Fundamentals of Financial Planning3
BUSN 354Insurance and Tax Planning3
BUSN 462Investments3
BUSN 477Capstone for Financial Planning3
Select one of the following courses:3
Estate Planning
Retirement Planning
Total Credits15

History

Concentration 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

International and Community Development

Concentration Courses
INCS 345Introduction to Development3
INCS 433Community Development Models and Strategies3
Select two of the following:6
Cultural Anthropology
Micro Issues in Relief and Development
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Topics in Intercultural Studies
Total Credits12

Journalism Studies

Concentration Courses
JOUR 120Writing Across Media3
or JOUR 220 Introduction to Visual Media
or JOUR 236 Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
JOUR 315Religion, Culture and Media3
JOUR 342Visual Meaning3
or JOUR 354 Literary Journalists
JOUR 464Philosophy and Ethics of Media3
Select one of the following courses:2-3
Foundations of Journalism
Contemporary Issues in Journalism
Total Credits14-15

Media Criticism 

Concentration Courses
CNMA 104History of Cinema3
CNMA 353Media Literacy3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Advanced Studies in Criticism (repeatable)
Mass Media Law and Ethics
Beauty as Truth
Mass Communication Research
Total Credits12

Media Producing

Concentration Courses
CNMA 204The Entertainment Business3
CNMA 455Media Management3
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Production Management
Media Literacy
Television Programming
Showrunning Media
Understanding Representation
Mass Media Law and Ethics
The Role of the Producer
Total Credits12

Missions

Concentration Courses
ANTH 200Cultural Anthropology3
INCS 233Foundations of Global Studies3
Select one of the following:3
World Christianity
Profiles in Missionary Lives
History of the Expansion of Christianity
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Church Multiplication
Church Planting Models and Strategies
Frontier Missiology
Principles of Evangelism and Church Growth
Select one of the following:3
Theology of Mission
Theology of Mission
Total Credits15

Organizational Management

Concentration 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

Concentration Courses
PHIL 230Introduction to Practical Wisdom3
PHIL 301Greek and Roman Philosophy3
PHIL 302Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 303Modern Philosophy3
Select any 3-credit upper division Philosophy elective3
Total Credits15

Political Science

If chosen, the second concentration may not be Political Science: International Relations.

Concentration 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

If chosen, the second concentration may not be Political Science.

Concentration 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

Concentration Courses
SOCI 220Introduction to Sociology 13
SOCI 441Social Theory3
SOCI 323Qualitative Methods3
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

If chosen, the second concentration may not be Spanish: Heritage Language Learners.

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

Spanish: Heritage Language Learners

If chosen, the second concentration may not be Spanish: Second Language Learners.

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

Statistics and Data Science

Concentration Courses
CSCI 105Introduction to Computer Science3
MATH 318Biostatistics3
MATH 470Statistics and Data Science Capstone3
Select one of the following courses:3
Business Analytics
Advanced Business Analytics
Statistics II
Select one of the following courses:3
Advanced Business Analytics
Data Structures
Probability
Statistical Consulting Practicum
Total Credits15

Theatre: Acting

Concentration Courses
THTR 110Theatre History I3
THTR 241Intro to Technical Theatre4
THTR 264Beginning Acting3
THTR 360Screen Acting I3
THTR 369Intermediate Acting3
Total Credits16

Theatre: Production

Concentration Courses
THTR 110Theatre History I3
THTR 241Intro to Technical Theatre4
THTR 264Beginning Acting3
THTR 350Theatre History II3
Select one of the following:3
Dramatic Theory and Criticism
Dramatic Design
Total Credits16

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ITDS 2203Foreign Language (see Core Curiculum)4
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 100 or 1013
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Science (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021MATH 1211
 KNES 1071
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
BBST 2513Concentration course3
ITDS 2501Concentration course3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3General Elective3
 16 16
Total Credits 32
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
ITDS 2551ITDS 3603
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Concentration course3
MATH 1221Concentration course3
ENGL 3133Concentration course3
MATH 1231Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3 
General Elective2 
Writing Competency Requirement 
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 4653
Concentration course3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
Concentration course3ITDS 4753
Concentration course3General Elective3
General Elective3 
 15 12
Total Credits 27