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Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
The Interdisciplinary Studies program at Biola University will push you to ask new questions, creatively address complex issues and develop a wider perspective that will prepare you to thrive and adapt in your future chosen career.
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The Interdisciplinary Studies program at Biola University provides you with the opportunity to create a customized program that suits your personal career goals. You’ll be able to choose two academic areas of interest, with specific guidance from the program chair on how to integrate and interact with both fields. 

Other program highlights include:

  • Independence and flexibility for the highly motivated, entrepreneurial learner who desires an individualized program that will prepare you for your future career
  • Knowledge and training from a multidisciplinary team of faculty
  • Individualized attention from the program chair, who will provide you directional guidance and advisement in the area of integration and interdisciplinarity
  • Unique positioning for a future career that benefits from expertise in integrative learning and your specific area of interest
  • The opportunity to ask questions, engage in dialogue and create something new — all informed and within the context of a Christian worldview

What Will I Study?

Unlike most other majors, you get to choose what to study — while creatively considering how your learning intersects and connects to the other. You will take core courses in two specializations (12 to 15 credits each) from expert faculty in these fields, while enrolling in sequential major courses in interdisciplinary studies.

In the major courses, you will study interdisciplinary theories, the nature of integrative learning, basic disciplinary methodologies and characteristics of the interdisciplinary student of human nature. The program will culminate with the Senior Capstone, which gives you the opportunity to apply interdisciplinary thought to a student-selected research project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • British Literature 
  • American Literature 
  • Studies in Grammar and Language
  • Studies in American Literature
  • Studies in British Literature
  • Introduction to Critical Theory

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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  • National

    43512 USD/year
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  • In-State

    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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