Skip to main content

Core Curriculum: The Foundation to a Christian Liberal Arts Education


Female student in class

Biola’s Core Curriculum is at the heart of the university’s mission to equip men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Our core curriculum is a comprehensive program of foundational courses designed to ensure a robust academic experience and lay the groundwork for success in your major and beyond.

Core curriculum classes build on one another, sharing a cohesive integration of faith and learning across and through a variety of disciplines including English, math, behavioral and physical science, history, biblical studies, language, communications, physical education, and fine arts.

Designed specifically for undergraduate students, the core curriculum is an integral part of your Christian liberal arts education. You’ll receive support, guidance and instruction that will shape specific learning outcomes and character goals, including:


  • Critical Thinking: You will learn to identify and explain a problem or issue, evaluate concepts and assumptions from multiple perspectives, ask relevant questions and articulate logical, well-organized and innovative conclusions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: You will analyze or solve quantitative problems); understand, evaluate and create well-reasoned arguments supported by quantitative evidence; and clearly communicate quantitative arguments in appropriate formats.
  • Oral Communication: You will learn to organize content cohesively, use compelling language and delivery that is audience-appropriate, incorporate supporting materials to establish credibility, and reinforce a memorable central message with civility.
  • Written Communication: You will learn to produce well-organized and clear writing, supported by strong, diverse evidence and precise explanation, applicable to its audience and consistent with the conventions of appropriate genres.
  • Information Literacy: You will learn to ethically discover, evaluate, and use information to formulate and address research questions, explain how information is produced and valued in a given discipline, and share their results.
  • Intercultural Competence: You will develop an informed understanding of cultural diversity and respectfully engage people of various backgrounds, through campus, local and global community interactions.
  • Civic Engagement: You will develop an informed understanding of civic roles, rights, freedoms, and responsibilities, and will respectfully communicate and apply key concepts in diverse communities