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B.A. in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary

School of Education


Biola’s liberal studies, multidisciplinary major seeks to train students who desire to work in a variety of education-related fields, including early childhood education, elementary classrooms, special education classrooms, after-school programs, children’s ministry and more. As a part of the program, you’ll receive an education that prepares you to complete multiple subject or special education credentials at the graduate level. Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to choose an academic concentration that will provide deeper training in a specific subject.


  • Biology

    The biology concentration requires students to take 12 credits of elective coursework in biological science, with studies ranging from nutrition to ecology to vertebrate biology.

  • Early Childhood

    The early childhood concentration requires 12 credits of coursework in early childhood curriculum, child development, classroom management and assessment of young children.

  • English

    The English concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in grammar, composition, creative writing and literature.

  • Human Development

    The human development concentration requires 12 credits of elective psychology courses in such areas as sexuality, marriage, religion and cross-cultural issues.

  • Intercultural Studies

    The intercultural studies concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as intercultural communication, anthropology and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

  • Mathematics

    The mathematics concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as calculus, linear algebra, probability, statistics and number theory.

  • Physical Education

    The physical education concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such areas as kinesiology, sports management, psychology in physical education, and coaching techniques.

  • Spanish

    The Spanish concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in Spanish conversation and composition, Spanish literature and Spanish American culture.

  • Special Education

    The special education concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such topics as teaching students with mild disabilities, introduction to autism spectrum disorders and classroom management for students with special needs.

  • U.S. History

    The U.S. history concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in American government and history from the colonial period to the present day.

  • Visual Arts

    The visual arts concentration requires 12 credits of elective coursework in such artistic disciplines as drawing, design, sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography.

Why Choose Education at Biola?

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

  • The choice among 11 different concentrations allows you to tailor-make your degree to fit your specific vocational or educational goals.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.
  • Earn Child Development Permits or an institution-sponsored Special Education Certificate when choosing those respective concentrations.
  • Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.
  • Biola was recently ranked fourth overall on Niche's list of "Best Colleges for Education in California," based on student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education.

What Will I Study?

Throughout the liberal studies, multidisciplinary program, there will be a focus on a broad scope of subjects in philosophy, human development, fine arts, science and math that will prepare you for a wide-range of education-related professions. All students are required to choose one of the eleven concentrations. Some interesting topics and course highlights you will learn about include:

  • Elementary art workshop
  • Exploration of California history
  • 20th-century political developments
  • Qualities required for teacher effectiveness
  • Basic concepts of cognitive development
  • Cross-cultural children's literature
  • Elementary school music instruction
  • Ways of thinking and expression within a culture

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4 years
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
Total Program Credits
Total program credits include a combination of major/concentration, Bible/theology and general education credits.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

The liberal studies, multidisciplinary, program is ideal for those who want a broad liberal studies education before entering graduate programs in special education, early childhood, elementary education and more. As a well-rounded professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in rewarding areas such as:

  • Early childhood education
  • Special education
  • Social services
  • Children's ministries
  • Educational clinics
  • Cross-cultural education