Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Develop sought-after critical skills while exploring multiple disciplines of study taught from a Christian perspective.

In this four-year degree program, students develop skills sought after by every profession including the ability to think critically, write, research, problem-solve, work in teams, and communicate clearly. These skills give students greater flexibility and relevance in a constantly changing workplace. The program’s Christian perspective furthers equips students to make a positive impact in the workplace and in society.

Interdisciplinary Studies education is more than vocational training. It encompasses the intrinsic human capacity to understand, evaluate, and improve the world around us. It allows students to explore multiple passions while gaining a depth and breadth of knowledge in topics that interest them most.

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The Bachelor of Arts Program Seeks To

  • Develop in the student an understanding of the interrelationship between disciplines.
  • Cultivate the desire and ability to think, to learn, and to understand by developing research and analytical skills at the undergraduate level.
  • Develop relational, communication, and Christian leadership skills.
  • Assist in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Upon Completion, You Will Be Able To

  • Use an interdisciplinary approach to understand and solve complex issues or problems using multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write and speak about issues from the perspective of multiple disciplines.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic content and approaches of the disciplines studied.
  • Demonstrate university-level competencies in writing, critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and information literacy.
  • Evidence the synthesis of a biblical worldview and academic knowledge.
  • Demonstrate collaboration through the sharing of ideas and mutual support.
  • Pursue further studies in graduate degree programs.

Course of Study

The BA in Interdisciplinary Studies program contains 120 units (semester hours): 34 units of general education courses, 9 units of Christian Foundation courses, 8 units of foreign language, 48 units of core courses, and 21 units of elective courses.

Study Skills (1 unit)
GS 105Introduction to Online Learning1 unit
Communication (9 units)
GS 110English Composition 13 units
GS 111English Composition 23 units
GS 117Principles of Speech3 units
History / Cultures (6 units)
HI 201Western Civilization 13 units
HI 202Western Civilization 23 units
Humanities (6 units)
HU 210Introduction to Literature3 units
HU 202Introduction to World Music3 units
Mathematics (3 units)
Choose 1 of the following
GS 121Practical Mathematics3 units
GS 123Applied College Algebra3 units
Natural Science (3 units)
SC 201Introduction to Life Science3 units
Social Science (6 units)
SS 201Introduction to Psychology3 units
SS 205Cultural Anthropology3 units
Foreign Language (8 units)
Choose 1 of the following
BL 301 / 302Biblical Hebrew 1 & 28 units
BL 303 / 304Biblical Greek 1 & 28 units
FL 201 / 202Spanish 1 & 28 units
FL 205 / 206Portuguese 1 & 28 units

Foreign Language Waiver for ESL Students:

English as a Second Language (ESL) students are not required to complete a foreign language. Instead, they are required to take an additional 8 units of elective courses (e.g. 29 units total). Students may opt to take a foreign language for elective credit, however ESL students may not take courses in a language they already are proficient in.

General Education Description

Shiloh University requires that each Undergraduate student successfully complete general education courses at the collegiate level that (1) ensure breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural understandings; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.

General education courses are broad in their focus and place an emphasis on skills and principles that are not associated with a particular profession or field of study. They contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs or careers by ensuring that students gain certain basic core competencies. These core competencies include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) basic mathematical, science, and technological skills.

HU 211Reading the Bible as Literature3 units
SC 202Introduction to Health Science3 units
SS 202Principles of Interpersonal Relationships3 units

Christian Foundations Description

Shiloh University believes that certain foundations are essential to the ongoing personal and professional development of students. Students should have a foundation in the Bible, understand principles of healthy living, and learn the nature and basis of interpersonal relating.

Interdisciplinary (6 Units)
GS 303Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies3 units
GS 404Interdisciplinary Capstone3 units
History/Cultures & Humanities (12 Units)
HI 220World Religions3 units
HU 231Philosophy of Religion3 units
SS 211Foundations of American Government3 units
choose 1 of the following
HI 211History of Christianity in the U.S.3 units
HI 221Introduction to Islam3 units
HU 201History of Music in the Church3 units
Sciences – Social and Natural (12 Units)
SC 203Environmental Science3 units
SS 221Introduction to Sociology3 units
BS 306Macroeconomics3 units
SS 304Conflict Management3 units
Business (9 Units)
BS 301Introduction to Business3 units
BS 302Principles of Management3 units
BS 207Personal Finance3 units
Biblical Foundations (9 Units)
MT 301Spiritual Formation3 units
OT 301Introduction to the Old Testament3 units
NT 301Introduction to the New Testament3 units

Students interested in completing a minor must take the number of units indicated in that discipline’s header. The number of units indicated, when added to the required core courses in that discipline, equal 18 units.

Business Minor (6 additional units to complete minor)
BS 308Introduction to Business Applications3 units
BS 309Principles of Accounting 13 units
BS 310Principles of Accounting 23 units
BS 312Introduction to Human Relations3 units
BS 313Coaching and Mentoring for Business3 units
PL 410Stewardship and Administration3 units
PL 412Church Law3 units
Ministry Minor (15 additional units to complete minor)
CH 301Survey of Church History3 units
CH 304Spiritual Outpourings and Revival3 units
GS 302Computerized Bible Studies3 units
MT 305Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 units
MT 309Missions and Evangelism3 units
MT 310Divine Healing and Miracles3 units
MT 311Principles of Spiritual Counsel3 units
MT 313Practical Crisis Counseling3 units
TH 301Theology 13 units
TH 302Theology 23 units
New Testament Minor (18 additional units to complete minor)
NT 309Background of the New Testament3 units
NT 310Formation of the New Testament3 units
NT 311The Early Church in Jerusalem3 units
NT 312Jewish Holidays and Traditions3 units
NT 313Jewish Background of the Parables3 units
NT 314Jewish Roots of Christianity3 units
NT 404The Gospels / The Life of Christ3 units
NT 424The Life and Letters of Paul3 units

In addition to those listed below, any 200 or 300-level BL, FL, HI, or HU courses not applied to Core requirements may count for elective credit.

CH 402Readings in Christian Thought3 units
HU 203Music Theory and Musicianship 13 units
HU 204Music Theory and Musicianship 23 units
OT 302Historical Geography of Israel3 units
OT 324Hebrew Wisdom Literature3 units

PDF Version with Electives

Undergraduate degree courses typically require an average of 9 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time than 9 hours depending on the subject being studied.


Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the BA program. View all faculty bios.

Faculty: S. Penniman - M.A. in Mathematics Education
Stephanie Penniman – Assistant Dean
B.A. in English, California State University, Northridge
M.A. in Mathematics Education, California State University, Northridge
Faculty: C. Gruenberg - Master of Music Composition
Craig Gruenberg
B.M. in Music Education, University of Michigan
Master of Music Composition, California State University, Northridge

Faculty: R. Ebeling - M.B.A. in Marketing
Robert Ebeling
B.S. in Business, University of Colorado
M.B.A. in Marketing, University of Colorado
Faculty: E. Welch
Elanie Welch
B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science, Coe College
M.S in Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Complete and pass all of the courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.