Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 52
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 36
    • Support/Electives: 12
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Archaeology
  • The archaeology concentration provides students with training in archaeological methods and research. Students may take electives in biblical, classical or prehistoric archaeology.

  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • The linguistic anthropology concentration is designed for students interested in the relationship of language in culture.

  • Physical Anthropology
  • The physical anthropology concentration provides students the opportunity to study the variation and adaptation of human biology within its cultural context.

  • Socio-Cultural Anthropology
  • The socio-cultural anthropology concentration provides students with a broad understanding of human behavior through a cross-cultural perspective.

  • Applied Anthropology
  • The applied anthropology concentration seeks to provide students with the ability to apply anthropological research in the area of solving human problems.

By nature, most of us live with cultural nearsightedness. Anthropology offers a set of “eyeglasses” — giving us a broader understanding and appreciation of the values, languages and behaviors that have defined humans past and present. In Biola’s anthropology program, you’ll receive a scholarly foundation and practical research tools for a wide range of careers that require cultural sensitivity and understanding of human behavior.

Why Choose Anthropology at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s anthropology program offers several key advantages:

  • Biola is one of the only Christian universities in the United States to offer a program that focuses on all five fields of anthropological inquiry: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology and archaeology.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships, field research and job opportunities.
  • Biola’s campus is home to the buried remains of a Columbian mammoth, which gives anthropology students hands-on experience in excavation and archaeology.

What Will I Study?

Throughout the anthropology program, there will be a focus on research, cultural change, worldview and perceptions, subsystems of cultures and social organization. Some of the topics and course highlights include:

  • The nature of people in culture
  • Global problems such as human rights
  • How to interpret research data
  • Prominent figures and their contributions to the field
  • Linguistics
  • World religions
  • Economic and social relations
  • Methods and theories of archaeology
  • Biblical interpretation

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Career Paths

Many career opportunities in community and rural development, education, social welfare and nonprofit and public agencies await future graduates of Biola's anthropology program. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Archaeologist
  • Translator
  • Enthnographical researcher
  • Director of community development
  • Risk management specialist
  • Educator
  • Regional administrator
  • Humanitarian
  • Evangelist

Joel McBrayer
Anthropology, B.A. '19

I have enjoyed having my mind stretched to see that there are numerous amazing cultures around the world and that God delights in and wants to redeem each of them.”

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