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B.A. in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary Major

As a liberal studies, multidisciplinary major, you’ll be equipped to work in a variety of education-related fields, including early childhood education, after-school programs, children’s ministry and more. Your broad liberal studies education will also prepare you to enter graduate credential programs in special education or elementary education. Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to choose an academic concentration that will provide deeper training in a specific subject.

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

  • This program features a biblically centered curriculum that teaches you how to integrate your faith into your teaching philosophy.

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  • Biology

    The biology concentration features coursework in biological science, with studies in topics such as environmental science, nutrition and marine biology.

  • Early Childhood

    The early childhood concentration includes coursework in early childhood curriculum, child development, classroom management and assessment of young children, and can lead to earning a California Child Development Permit.

  • English

    The English concentration includes coursework in grammar, composition, creative writing and classic literature.

  • Health and Exercise

    The health and exercise concentration includes coursework in areas such as kinesiology, sports leadership, psychology in physical education and coaching techniques. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in a 1- to 3-credit internship.

  • History

    The history concentration features coursework in American government, history from the colonial period to the present day and global history.

  • Human Development

    The human development concentration includes psychology courses in areas such as human sexuality, marriage and family and cross-cultural issues.

  • Mathematics

    The mathematics concentration includes coursework in areas such as calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics and number theory.

  • Sociology
    The Sociology concentration includes coursework in areas such as social problems, American culture and values, sociology of disabilities and social inequality.
  • Spanish

    The Spanish concentration offers two tracks: second language learners and heritage learners. Courses cover Spanish language and culture, conversation and composition, and Spanish applied linguistics and pedagogy.

  • Special Education

    The special education concentration is composed of coursework on topics such as teaching students with mild disabilities in inclusive settings, autism spectrum disorders and classroom management for students with special needs. Students can receive a Special Education Certificate and apply this coursework toward a Special Education Credential at the graduate level.

  • Visual Arts

    The visual arts concentration includes coursework in such artistic disciplines as drawing, 2D and 3D design, sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography.

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What will I study as a liberal studies, multidisciplinary major?

The liberal studies, multidisciplinary program will prepare you for a wide range of education-related professions. Along with a 12-credit concentration of your choice on a selected topic, some highlights include:

  • Elementary art workshop
  • Exploration of California, American and world history
  • 20th-century political developments
  • Contemporary issues in education
  • Basic concepts of cognitive development
  • Cross-cultural children's literature
  • Elementary school music instruction
  • Cultural thinking and expression
  • English language and literature
  • Fundamentals of math
  • Psychology
  • Foreign Language
  • Kinesiology

Bible and Theology Coursework

As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.

Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary?

As a well-rounded professional with the proper credentials and/or permits, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in rewarding careers such as:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • School principal
  • Preschool site supervisor
  • Educational research analyst
  • Curriculum writer and editor
  • Government education specialist
  • Instructional materials sales representative
  • Children’s ministry
  • Cross-cultural education

4% job growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.


Admissions Process

Learn about Biola’s admissions requirements, steps to apply, application deadlines and more at our Undergraduate Admissions page.

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Learn more about this program by attending an upcoming event for prospective students and parents, or by scheduling a personalized visit.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.


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You'll study in person at Biola University's campus in Southern California.

Total Credits

Total program credits include major-specific courses and Biola's core curriculum.

Standard Completion Time

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.


Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.