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This art/sociology class, The Postmodern Metropolis, takes to the streets to explore the cultures of cities — particularly Los Angeles — through hands-on analysis of important sites of art and architecture, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall (pictured here).

Majors and Programs

Biola offers more than 40 unique majors and 80 concentrations. For example, you can pursue marketing as an emphasis in the business major. All major classes are supplemented by general education and biblical studies courses and seek to soundly integrate the Christian faith. To view the course requirements and a suggested program schedule for each major please refer to our Degree Requirement Sheets.

While some students enter Biola with a clear vocational direction, others take time and general education classes to gain a better sense of their academic interests. As a Biola student, you can pursue an education in the following programs.

Equipping the Mind

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A Biola Education

There are three areas of academic study required for a student to graduate from Biola: general education, biblical studies and major courses. The path to graduate will be unique for each student, but your Biola education will include aspects of all of the following.

General Education

General education classes will prepare you with a sound academic foundation in several disciplines, including English, math, science, history, language, communications, fine arts and physical education. Depending on the chosen major, a student must complete approximately 53 units of general education classes.

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Biblical Studies

Biblical studies classes will prompt you to explore your personal faith and equip you intellectually to articulate your worldview. Each Biola student completes 30 units of biblical studies, equal to seven prescribed courses and three electives. Students generally take at least one Bible class each semester to remain on track for graduation.

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Major Courses

Major courses will give you the foundational knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to succeed in your chosen career. Biola offers more than 40 different majors — and several emphases within majors — each with its own distinct requirements.

Majors and Programs

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Study Abroad

Make the world your classroom!

Biola offers students unique and life-changing learning opportunities among other cultures as well as here in the U.S. We believe these experiences are vital to fulfilling our mission and equipping our students to live and serve effectively in a diverse world. Students have the opportunity to take part in over 20 off-campus programs, from the streets of Los Angeles to the deserts of Cairo, Egypt. They can study in the coastal warmth of Baja, walk along the Great Wall of China or ride the Tube in London! Biola offers a study abroad program for almost all majors.

Who can study abroad?

All undergraduate students who are in good standing with the university are welcome to study abroad. Graduate students in good standing are also eligible to take part in Talbot's study abroad program. What does it mean to be in good standing and eligible for this opportunity? Biola's Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement can help you find out!

How do I get credit for studying abroad?

Biola is affiliated with a number of off-campus programs that host our students during their time abroad. Here's how it works: Students are enrolled as full-time students in Biola courses that have been approved as equivalents of the off-campus program courses. At the end of your off-campus program semester, the off-campus program sends your transcripts to Biola's Office of the Registrar for review and the grades earned are calculated into your Biola GPA. Program directors review the transcripts and apply grades to the courses as appropriate and award you credit for the equivalent Biola course.

How much will it cost?

In most cases, off-campus programs cost the same as on-campus tuition, room and board. Where eligible, students may still qualify for federal, state and Biola aid, and can continue to obtain the maximum aid possible while off-campus.

What's the first step?

You should schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor within your major. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine which courses can and should be reserved for study abroad.

What programs does Biola offer?

Learn more about Study Abroad and Study USA, and find out which program fits you best.

Honors Program

Who is in the Torrey Honors Institute?

Torrey Honors Institute is comprised of students who are outstanding in their academic ability, Christian character and potential for leadership.

At Torrey we want whole souls: minds that think, hearts with a passion for the Good, and hands that act in the world.
- Dr. Paul Spears

What happens at Torrey?

Torrey classes do not have lectures, written exams or textbooks. Students dig directly into the classic works of Western literature and Christianity, unmediated by a lecturer or a homogenized survey text. Students learn by reading thoroughly and deeply in preparation for class. They then discuss the texts with other students, led by a Torrey faculty tutor who encourages students to think carefully by asking questions rather than giving the answer.

Students of the same class standing are placed in small groups where they develop intellectual virtues in a dialog centered learning community. They are required to write and revise one major essay each semester, thereby learning how to express and defend a position intelligently, clearly and persuasively through a Christian viewpoint. Each of the many tutors who lead discussions will also act as a mentor, meeting with each student regularly to advise him or her on coursework and to encourage the student's Christian walk.

Does Torrey count as a major?

The Torrey Honors Institute does not replace a student's major; rather, it is a solid grounding in classical Western literature and substitutes for most of the general education and Bible requirements at Biola. Torrey students add a specialized major in any area available at Biola University. As a result, Torrey combines the best of classical and traditional American college education in a Christian context.

For more information visit: Torrey Honors Institute website


The faculty at Biola stand out in many ways. Biola professors are not just experts in their respective fields, but also Bible-believing Christians. Two-thirds of the faculty have earned their doctorates, and several are acclaimed as Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities scholars. Collectively, the Biola faculty produce more than 100 publications each year, including books and journal articles.

More than that, Biola faculty members consistently demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic and spiritual development of students. A 16:1 student-faculty ratio allows Biola professors to personalize their instruction and mentor individual students, yielding an atmosphere of integrated education and real-world impact.