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.
- Get a head start on your Special Education (Mild/Moderate) Credential and earn a Certificate in Special Education with the Special Education concentration.
- Earn a California Child Development Permit with the Early Childhood concentration.
Courses prepare you for the CSET Multiple Subjects examination.
- Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
- Intercultural Studies
The intercultural studies concentration includes coursework in such areas as linguistics, intercultural communication, anthropology and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).
The mathematics concentration includes coursework in areas such as calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics and number theory.
- SociologyThe Sociology concentration includes coursework in areas such as social problems, American culture and values, sociology of disabilities and social inequality.
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.
- TESOLThe TESOL concentration features coursework in grammar, pedagogy and strategies to teach English to students whose first language is not English.
- 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
- Foreign Language
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.
Learn about Biola’s admissions requirements, steps to apply, application deadlines and more at our Undergraduate Admissions page.
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Tuition and Financial Aid
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.
Interim Director of Elementary Education
Director of Secondary Education
- Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
- M.A., Biola University
- B.A., Biola University
Liberal Studies Chair
- Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
- M.S., California State University, Fullerton
- B.A., Biola University