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Bachelor's - Interdisciplinary Studies

The online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program at California Baptist University allows you to take advantage of a flexible curriculum while obtaining a well-rounded education that you could apply in various markets. Get more details here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Unlike many degree programs that focus on a particular subject or area, California Baptist University's online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program offers you the chance to develop your own program focusing on your particular interests, needs, and career goals. In this versatile program, you will take a required course in personal leadership that helps you identify applicable leadership strategies and a capstone wherein you will self-evaluate strengths and growth and build a personal development plan. You will also complete 12 courses in a chosen area of emphasis from the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Christian Ministries
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • English
  • Graphic Design and Digital Media
  • Healthcare Administration and Management
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Public Health
  • Sociology

You can decide to choose two areas of emphasis; in that case, you will take six courses in each area to satisfy your requirements. Throughout the program, real-world projects and case study examinations aim to develop skills applicable in the workplace.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You must have completed two prerequisite courses in composition before embarking on the BA in Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum. In addition, strong leadership skills and a desire for personal and professional growth are important. Coursework in this program is meant to help youunderstandf leadership concepts and focuses on building analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative skills essential in life and careers. Applicants to California Baptist University should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

To complete this bachelor's program, you must take 30 credits in an upper-division course, a capstone, and 12 classes in your chosen area of emphasis. In addition, requirements include six credits in Christian-focused courses and 40-43 credits in the general education curriculum.

Upper Division Requirements

Course CodeCourse Title
LDR 330 Personal Leadership
IDS 498 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone
Area of Emphasis I 4 courses, minimum of 12 units, 9 of which must be upper-division
Area of Emphasis II 4 courses, minimum of 12 units, 9 of which must be upper-division
Area of Emphasis III 4 courses, minimum of 12 units, 9 of which must be upper-division

Additional Program Requirements

Course CodeCourse Title
CST 100 Overview of the Bible
CST 302 Foundations of Christian Thought

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Career options open to you as a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program depends largely on your selected area of emphasis. Possibilities range from entry-level to mid-management opportunities in preschools, corporate IT departments, marketing firms, community organizations, churches, financial institutions, or the healthcare industry.

Jobs you might be interested in exploring include:

  • Accountant
  • School teacher
  • Project manager
  • Financial advisor
  • Public relations specialist

Advanced Degrees

The diversity of the BA - Interdisciplinary Studies program is such that you might be prepared to pursue nearly any type of advanced study. One strong possibility is the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, where you could choose to focus on such areas as sales, business, research, project management, or health services.

Other possible master's degrees you might consider are:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership