School of Humanities and Social Sciences


The mission of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is to foster biblically-centered study of the fabric of human experience in order to cultivate the wisdom, compassion, and skill that the next generation will need to faithfully love God and neighbor across a wide array of vocations. 


Home to some of Biola’s longest-standing and innovative liberal arts programs as well as Biola’s Torrey Honors College, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences cultivates serious consideration of both urgent and perennial human concerns. With programs in Modern Languages, English Writing, English Literature, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, and History, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences equips students who aspire to a spectrum of careers: law, social work, education, journalism, government, translation and interpretation, the church, urban planning, the arts and more.


Melissa Johnson, Ph.D.

English Faculty

Chair: Shelley Garcia, Ph.D.
Professors: Buchanan, Davidson, Kleist, Malandra, Park
Associate Professors: Garcia, Hashimov, Vidrine-Isbell, Wang, Williamson
Assistant Professors: Mauzey, Watson
Instructor: Alura

History Faculty

Chair: Darin Lenz, Ph.D.
Professors: Dewey, Lenz

Modern Languages Faculty

Chair: Julianne Bryant, Ph.D.
Professors: Velazquez
Associate Professors: Bryant, Meduri

Philosophy Faculty

Chair: Kent Dunnington, Ph.D.
Professors: Crisp, Dunnington, Ten Elshof

Political Science Faculty

Chair: Scott Waller, Ph.D.
Professor: Guerra
Associate Professor: Waller

Sociology Faculty

Chair: Brad Christerson, Ph.D.
Professors: Christerson
Associate Professor: Johnson

Torrey Honors College Faculty

Director: Paul Spears, Ph.D.
Associate Director: Janelle Aijian, Ph.D.
Professors: Jenson, Peters, Sanders
Associate Professors: Aijian, Henderson, Johnson, Kim, Makin, Smith, Spears, Thompson, Van Hook, Vincent, Wilson, Wright
Assistant Professor: Blois