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Courses | B.A. in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. In addition to these program-specific requirements, all majors include Biola's traditional undergraduate core curriculum. For more program details, including a sample course sequence, visit Biola's academic 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. 

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

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."

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
Music Appreciation
Theatre 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
Program Course Requirements: 32 credits
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 Exercise, History, Human Development, Intercultural Studies, Mathematics, Sociology, Spanish, Special Education, TESOL or Visual Arts. See requirements listed below.12-13
Core Curriculum Requirements 275
General Electives 31
Total Credits120-121
1

Courses covered by the Torrey Honors College.

2

See Core Curriculum Program section for details.

3

A 1-credit general elective is required for students who complete a 12-credit concentration and 75 credits of Core Curriculum courses due to taking a 1-credit Lifetime Wellness course in place of KNES 201. Students who take KNES 201 or complete 13 credits in the Bilingual Education in Spanish track of the Spanish concentration will not need any General Elective credits.

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
Introduction to Teaching
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 Exercise

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
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
Introduction to Psychopathology
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
Linguistic Anthropology
Intercultural Competence & Diversity in the Global Workplace
Intercultural Adjustment
Ethnicity and Diversity in America
Area and Ethnic Studies
Intercultural Communication
World Religions and Pluralism
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
1

Requires 12-13 credits depending on language assessment.

2

If one of these courses is not required based upon language assessment, a 3-credit elective approved by the School of Education must be completed.

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

TESOL

Concentration Courses
Select 12 credits from the following:12
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
Topics in TESOL
Practicum in TESOL I
Total Credits12

Visual Arts

Concentration Courses
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Drawing I
Figure Studies I
Digital Tools
2-D Design
3-D Design
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Select 9 credits of ARTS elective courses, 3 of which must be upper-division 19
Total Credits12
1

Courses must be selected in consultation with a department advisor in order to create a focus area.

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