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B.A. in Social Science

School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Biola's social science program will take you on a journey through past and present civilizations, teaching you how to critically evaluate and explore solutions for current issues and social problems. Throughout the program, you’ll develop a broad foundation in history, political science and sociology, equipping you to make an impact in a wide range of careers.


  • History

    The history concentration enables students to grow in knowledge of the beauty and diversity of civilizations, and prepares students to read critically, discuss intelligently and write persuasively.

  • Political Science

    The political science concentration equips students in foundational concepts and scholarship in the discipline, both in the domestic (U.S.) sense and internationally. While grounding students in a biblical understanding of the purpose of government and law, this concentration helps students learn to think critically, analyze arguments and engage ideas.

  • Sociology

    The sociology concentration seeks to develop Christian scholars who can critically analyze social structures and their effects on human life, and who can apply this knowledge in working toward a world that embodies God’s justice and shalom.

Why Choose Social Science at Biola?

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

  • Biola offers several off-campus programs that are ideal for social science majors, allowing you to travel internationally while studying history and political science.
  • Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities. Students regularly intern for local law firms, Congressional offices and policy advocacy groups.

What Will I Study?

In the social science program, with its solid liberal arts foundation, you will learn about humanity and its structuring of social order on a global scale through an interdepartmental program offered by the departments of history, political science and sociology. Courses are designed to concentrate 18 units in one of these fields, while allowing you to choose an additional 12 units from any of the social sciences. Topic highlights include:

  • Application of current economic issues
  • The relationship between politics and economics
  • Government civic service opportunities
  • Development of world civilizations since 1500
  • Examining cultural contributions in arts, sciences and religions
  • Fundamentals of public administration
  • Political parties and the electoral process
  • Historical development of America's constitutional system

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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

A variety of career opportunities in politics, international affairs, education and public- or private-sector service await future graduates of Biola's social science program. As a globally prepared professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in rewarding professions such as:

  • Elected official
  • Corporate paralegal
  • Educator
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Government affairs director
  • Criminal investigator
  • Social worker
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Disaster relief specialist

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Biola graduates from the social science major have gone on to become Alliance Defending Freedom Blackstone Legal Fellowship students, pre-law students, and graduate students at the following following distinguished schools: Harvard Law School; Wheaton College; Rutgers University; Cal State Long Beach; and Georgetown University.

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