Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
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.
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 105||Introduction to Online Learning||1 unit|
|Communication (9 units)|
|GS 110||English Composition 1||3 units|
|GS 111||English Composition 2||3 units|
|GS 117||Principles of Speech||3 units|
|History / Cultures (6 units)|
|HI 201||Western Civilization 1||3 units|
|HI 202||Western Civilization 2||3 units|
|Humanities (6 units)||HU 210||Introduction to Literature||3 units|
|HU 202||Introduction to World Music||3 units|
|Mathematics (3 units)|
Choose 1 of the following
|GS 121||Practical Mathematics||3 units|
|GS 123||Applied College Algebra||3 units|
|Natural Science (3 units)|
|SC 201||Introduction to Life Science||3 units|
|Social Science (6 units)|
|SS 201||Introduction to Psychology||3 units|
|SS 205||Cultural Anthropology||3 units|
|Foreign Language (8 units)|
Choose 1 of the following
|BL 301 / 302||Biblical Hebrew 1 & 2||8 units|
|BL 303 / 304||Biblical Greek 1 & 2||8 units|
|FL 201 / 202||Spanish 1 & 2||8 units|
|FL 205 / 206||Portuguese 1 & 2||8 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 211||Reading the Bible as Literature||3 units|
|SC 202||Introduction to Health Science||3 units|
|SS 202||Principles of Interpersonal Relationships||3 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 303||Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies||3 units|
|GS 404||Interdisciplinary Capstone||3 units|
|History/Cultures & Humanities (12 Units)|
|HI 220||World Religions||3 units|
|HU 231||Philosophy of Religion||3 units|
|SS 211||Foundations of American Government||3 units|
|choose 1 of the following|
|HI 211||History of Christianity in the U.S.||3 units|
|HI 221||Introduction to Islam||3 units|
|HU 201||History of Music in the Church||3 units|
|Sciences – Social and Natural (12 Units)|
|SC 203||Environmental Science||3 units|
|SS 221||Introduction to Sociology||3 units|
|BS 306||Macroeconomics||3 units|
|SS 304||Conflict Management||3 units|
|Business (9 Units)|
|BS 301||Introduction to Business||3 units|
|BS 302||Principles of Management||3 units|
|BS 207||Personal Finance||3 units|
|Biblical Foundations (9 Units)|
|MT 301||Spiritual Formation||3 units|
|OT 301||Introduction to the Old Testament||3 units|
|NT 301||Introduction to the New Testament||3 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 308||Introduction to Business Applications||3 units|
|BS 309||Principles of Accounting 1||3 units|
|BS 310||Principles of Accounting 2||3 units|
|BS 312||Introduction to Human Relations||3 units|
|BS 313||Coaching and Mentoring for Business||3 units|
|PL 410||Stewardship and Administration||3 units|
|PL 412||Church Law||3 units|
|Ministry Minor (15 additional units to complete minor)|
|CH 301||Survey of Church History||3 units|
|CH 304||Spiritual Outpourings and Revival||3 units|
|GS 302||Computerized Bible Studies||3 units|
|MT 305||Introduction to Biblical Interpretation||3 units|
|MT 309||Missions and Evangelism||3 units|
|MT 310||Divine Healing and Miracles||3 units|
|MT 311||Principles of Spiritual Counsel||3 units|
|MT 313||Practical Crisis Counseling||3 units|
|TH 301||Theology 1||3 units|
|TH 302||Theology 2||3 units|
|New Testament Minor (18 additional units to complete minor)|
|NT 309||Background of the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 310||Formation of the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 311||The Early Church in Jerusalem||3 units|
|NT 312||Jewish Holidays and Traditions||3 units|
|NT 313||Jewish Background of the Parables||3 units|
|NT 314||Jewish Roots of Christianity||3 units|
|NT 404||The Gospels / The Life of Christ||3 units||NT 424||The Life and Letters of Paul||3 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 402||Readings in Christian Thought||3 units|
|HU 203||Music Theory and Musicianship 1||3 units|
|HU 204||Music Theory and Musicianship 2||3 units|
|OT 302||Historical Geography of Israel||3 units|
|OT 324||Hebrew Wisdom Literature||3 units|
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.
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.