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Faculty | B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies

One of the unique aspects of this degree is the learning and training you will receive from a multidisciplinary team of faculty. Depending on your area of specialization, you will be able to learn from and interact with faculty members from the departments represented here.

Aaron Adams

  • Associate Professor, English
  • Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Associate Professor of English

  • D.Phil., University of Sussex

Aaron Adams is associate professor of English and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Biola University. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Sussex in 2010. His area of expertise focuses on the intersections between the sacred, the spatial, the social and nineteenth-century British literature. He is an advocate for public humanities and interdisciplinary learning. He...

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David Bourgeois

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Crowell School of Business
  • Associate Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • B.S., Biola University

David T. Bourgeois is the associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Crowell School of Business. Dave graduated from Biola with a degree in mathematics in 1987. For the next 15 years, he worked in the information systems field with four different companies, including two Fortune 500 companies, experiencing many different roles within this field: systems analyst, programmer, project...


Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

  • Management Information Systems
  • Business Analytics
  • Advanced Business Analytics

Graduate courses at Biola University:

  • Business Intelligence and Data Analysis

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Alicia Dewey

  • Associate Professor, History

  • Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University
  • M.A., Southern Methodist University
  • B.A., Davidson College

Alicia Dewey received her doctorate from Southern Methodist University and has taught at Biola University since 2007. Her courses include the History of the American West; California History; American Democracy, Civil War, and Reconstruction, 1800–77; the Rise of Modern America (1877–1920); Research Methods in History; the U.S. History Survey; and U.S. History since 1865. When she is not...

Research Interests

  • U.S./Mexico Borderlands
  • American West
  • Business History
  • Environmental history/irrigation and water rights
  • Mexican-American History

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Tom Crisp

  • Professor of Philosophy
  • Scholar in Residence, Center for Christian Thought

  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • M.A., University Notre Dame
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

Note: This profile contains a sample of this professor's recent work. For a complete list of publications, presentations, etc., see the CV, above.

Research Interests

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Religion

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Nancy Yuen

  • Associate Professor of Sociology

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A.., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Nancy is a scholar of race and ethnicity in film, television and new media. Her book, Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, examines the barriers actors of color face in Hollywood and how they creatively challenge stereotypes. She is a sought-after expert by news outlets such as the AP and New Republic and appears on numerous newscasts. She enjoys helping her students view media through...

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Jonathan Puls

  • Chair, Department of Art
  • Associate Professor of Art History and Painting

  • M.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.S., Biola University

Jonathan Puls teaches drawing, painting and art history in the Department of Art. He holds an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and an M.A. in in Art History. Jonathan's ongoing drawings and paintings pull their imagery from contemporary life, mingling these with compositional concerns from art historical sources. His teaching, studio production and historical research focus on the relationship...

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Wendy Billock

  • Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Biology Sciences

  • Ph.D., Loma Linda University
  • M.S., Institute for Creation Research
  • B.A., Point Loma Nazarene College

My passion is for organisms and their environment. The best part of my job is being able to take students to the ocean, the forest or the desert and introduce them to the vibrant and dynamic relationships that God has created there. Plus I get to run all my lab sessions outside! I direct the science writing program here at Biola, and I serve in several ministry organizations. My research background is in behavior ecology in organisms from primates to hermit crabs.


  • General Biology II
  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Invertebrate Biology
  • Biological Principles

Research Interests

  • Marine ecosystems
  • Animal behavior

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Scott Waller

  • Associate Professor of Political Science

  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Claremont Graduate University
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.S., Southwest Missouri State University

Scott Waller holds graduate degrees in both philosophy and political science. He has an M.A. from Talbot School of Theology in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and an M.A. in Politics and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University in the fields of American Politics and Political Theory. His research interests involve the intersection of religion and politics,...

Research Interests

  • Church-State Relations
  • First Amendment Jurisprudence
  • Evangelical Political Engagement
  • Religious Involvement/Voice in the Public Square
  • Nature of Judicial Power
  • The Founding Era
  • Evolution of Executive Power

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Joy Qualls

  • Associate Dean, Division of Communication, School of Fine Arts and Communication
  • Associate Professor, Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • M.A., Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • B.A., Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, California

Joy Qualls, associate professor of communication studies, is pleased to be joining the communication studies department as chair and associate professor. Qualls is an alumna of Vanguard University and Regent University, where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate, respectively in communication studies, with research emphases in religious and political rhetoric. Most recently Joy...


Public Relations and Communication

The Articulate Person I, II, & III

Communication Ethics

Gender Communication

Rhetoric: Effective Communication

Frameworks Interdisciplinary Core: Order & Disorder

Argumentation and Debate

Public Speaking & Rhetoric

Political Communication

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Julianne Bryant

  • Chair, Department of Modern Languages
  • Associate Professor of Modern Languages

  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • M.A., Temple University
  • M.A., Marywood University
  • B.S.W., Cabrini College
  • B.A. Cabrini College

Julianne Bryant earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Social Work from Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She also earned a Master of Arts in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed a master's degree and a doctorate in Spanish from Temple University with a specialization in Hispanic Linguistics. Her dissertation was...

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