Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary major is to provide a broad, liberal arts education to Christian students, enriching their personal and professional life in a wide range of subjects, such as literature, math, science, history, communications, Bible, theology, music and art, preparing them to step into professional educational roles, or graduate school, with a quality, liberal arts background.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of subject matter content (ULO 1).
  2. Integrate personal faith with intellectual learning through incorporating subject matter knowledge with Christian beliefs (ULO 1, 2).
  3. Develop effective communication skills (ULO 2, 3).
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by synthesizing information from multiple sources (ULO 1).
  5. Integrate breadth and/or depth of knowledge in concentration-specific content into philosophy of education (ULO 1).
  6. Identify and/or adapt evidence-based and promising practices that are culturally and linguistically competent (ULO 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.

Writing Competency

Every Biola student must fulfill the Writing Competency Requirement (WCR). Students fulfill the WCR by passing ENGL 313 with a C+ or better. If they fail to meet this requirement, they must consult with their major advisor for an alternative WCR pathway. For more information, see the section titled "Writing Competency Requirement" under the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section. 

Integration Seminar Requirement

Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary majors must take the following course to meet their Bible Integration requirement: BBST 465 as "Christian Philosophy of Education."

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)

Transfer students may fulfill their Core Curriculum requirements by completing Biola University's Core Curriculum or completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

The IGETC model is accepted for the Liberal Studies Multidisciplinary major with the following provisions:

  • The current foreign language requirement for all bachelor degrees cannot be completed by the IGETC/CSU Breadth certification.
  • If not met through IGETC course selections, students must take PSYC 200.
  • If IGETC courses do not meet the subject matter requirements for a preliminary teaching credential, the CSET exam will be required.

Torrey Honors College

Please refer to the footnotes regarding the Core Curriculum courses that are covered by the Torrey Honors College. All other program-specific core curriculum courses must be taken. 

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
English:
Writing in the Disciplines
Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary majors must take the major specific section of ENGL 313 to meet their English requirement.
Science/Math:
Biology for Educators
Fundamentals of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
U.S. History:
United States History To 1865 1
Behavioral Science:
Introduction to Psychology
Fine Arts: 1
Select one of the following:
Art Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Philosophy: 1
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Physical Education:
Lifetime Wellness
Elementary Physical Education Methods and Activities (or one Lifetime Wellness activity)
Program Courses
ARTS 306Elementary Art Workshop3
HIST 201United States History Since 18653
HIST 403California History3
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 324Performing Arts in Education1
LEDU 335Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
LEDU 380Children's Literature3
MATH 118Fundamentals of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II3
MUSC 310Elementary Music Workshop2
PHSC 101Physical Science Survey: Lecture4
PHSC 102Physical Science Survey Laboratory1
Select one of the following:3
Intercultural Adjustment
Area and Ethnic Studies
Intercultural Communication
Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students
Concentrations
In addition to the program courses, each student must complete a concentration, which consists of approved coursework in one of the following subject areas: Biology, Early Childhood, English, Health and Physical Education, Human Development, Intercultural Studies, Mathematics, Spanish, Special Education, U.S. History or Visual Arts. See requirements listed below.12-13
Total Credits44-45

Concentrations

Biology

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following, 3 of which must be upper division:12
Introduction to Environmental Science
Current Topics in Biology
Nutrition
Botany
Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Vertebrate Biology
Ecological Agriculture
Global Development and Ecological Sustainability
Invertebrate Biology
Marine Biology
Conservation Biology
General Ecology
Seminar in Advanced Biology
Total Credits12

Early Childhood

Prerequisite Courses
Child Development: Birth through Adolescence
Concentration Courses
LEDU 356Early Childhood Curriculum3
LEDU 357School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
LEDU 358Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
LEDU 359Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
Total Credits12

English

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Advanced Composition
Studies in Grammar and Language
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
Studies in American Literature
Studies in British Literature
Studies in Shakespeare
Total Credits12

Health and Physical Education

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Public Health Principles and Practice
Health Education and Health Promotion
Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Psychology of Exercise and Health
Motor Learning
Leadership in Sport and Human Movement
Total Credits12

History

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
The Black American Experience
The Colonial Period, American Revolution, 1607–1800
American Democracy, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1800–1877
History of Latin America
Ancient Greece
History of East Asia
History of Mexico
The Rise of Modern America, 1877–1920
The United States Since 1920
The American West
Renaissance and Reformation
Early Modern Europe
Africa: History, Peoples and Culture
Survey of American Government
Total Credits12

Human Development

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Psychology and Christian Thought
Statistics with Computer Applications
and Statistics with Computer Applications Lab
Human Sexuality
Psychological Testing and Assessment
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Marriage
Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Psychology of Family
Seminar in Therapeutic Techniques
Total Credits12

Intercultural Studies

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Intercultural Adjustment
Area and Ethnic Studies
World Religions and Pluralism
Grammar for English Teachers
Materials Evaluation and Preparation
English Language Teaching Methods
Ethics, Values, and Intercultural Communication for TESOL Professionals
Teaching English to Young Learners
Practicum in TESOL I
Total Credits12

Mathematics

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits, 3 of which must be upper-division, from the following:12
Precalculus Mathematics
Fundamentals of Calculus
Calculus I
Discrete Structures
Introduction to Abstract Math
Linear Algebra
Biostatistics
Classical Geometry
Number Theory and the History of Mathematics
Total Credits12

Sociology

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Social Problems
Sociology of Gender
Unequal Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Crime
Ethnic and Minority Groups
Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender
American Culture and Values
Sociology of Wealth and Poverty
Sociology of Disabilities
Total Credits12

Spanish

Concentration Courses
Select one of the following tracks:12-13
Second Language Learners
Select one or two of the following (based upon language assessment):
Spanish Language and Culture III
Advanced Spanish Communication I
Advanced Spanish Communication II
Select one or two of the following (based upon language assessment):
Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Pedagogy
Heritage Learners
Select one or two of the following (based upon language assessment):
Basic Spanish for the Heritage Learner
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
Select one or two of the following (based upon language assessment):
Hispanic Civilization and Culture
Hispanic Studies: Culture, Language, or Literature
Topics in Hispanic Culture
Spanish Applied Linguistics and Teaching Pedagogy
Bilingual Education in Spanish 1
Select one of the following (based upon language assessment): 2
Advanced Spanish Communication I
Advanced Spanish Communication II
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners I
Advanced Spanish for Heritage Learners II
Complete the following:
Latina/o Diversity in a U.S. Context
Socio-historical Context for Bilingual Education – Spanish
Bilingual Methodologies - Spanish
Total Credits12-13

Special Education

Prerequisite Courses
Introduction to Teaching
Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Issues in Special Education
Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners
Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Support Needs in Inclusive Settings
Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Total Credits12

Visual Arts

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits, 3 of which must be upper-division, from the following:12
Drawing I
2-D Design
3-D Design
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Ceramics II
Sculpture II
Painting II
Photography II-Studies in Color
Photography III-Advanced Black and White Photography
Contemporary Photographic Practices
Total Credits12

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.

Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary, B.A.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4ARTS 100, MUSC 101, or THTR 160 (choose one for Fine Arts Core Curr)3
PSYC 200 (required)3Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021HIST 100 or 1013
 KNES 1071
 14 17
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2093BBST 2103
BIOS 105 (required)4BBST 2513
LEDU 3013LEDU 3353
MATH 117 (required)3PHSC 1014
Literature (see Core Curriculum)3PHSC 1021
 MATH 1183
 16 17
Total Credits 33
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363HIST 2013
HIST 200 (required)3HIST 4033
ENGL 3133PHIL 210, 214, or 215 (choose one for Phil Core Curr)3
KNES 201 (or 1 KNES Activity)1-2Concentration13
Writing Competency RequirementGraduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 13-14 15
Total Credits 28-29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 465 (Christian Phil of Educ - required)3BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
LEDU 3803INCS 322, 332, 420, or LEDU 3413
ARTS 3063LEDU 3241
Concentration13Concentration13
Concentration13MUSC 3102
 15 12
Total Credits 27

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.

Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary, B.A.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
PSYC 2003BIOS 1054
GNST 1021Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4 
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
HIST 2013KNES 1071
LEDU 3013LEDU 3241
MATH 1173LEDU 3353
 MATH 1183
 17 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
KNES 201 (or 1 KNES Activity)1-2ARTS 3063
PHSC 1014ENGL 3133
PHSC 1021Concentration13
 LEDU 341, INCS 322, INCS 332, or INCS 4203
 12-13 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
BBST 4653HNRS 4672
HIST 4033MUSC 3102
Concentration13Concentration13
Concentration13LEDU 3803
 16 14
Total Credits 125-126