Bachelor of Science in

Interdisciplinary Studies

For many the pursuit of a college degree is about finding their passion. The Mission of the Interdisciplinary Studies program is to provide students with a solid academic foundation in the Bible, arts, and sciences as well as foster critical thinking and writing skills. The world in which we live is increasingly becoming more complex, and complex problems require multifaceted solutions.


On-Campus Start Dates
Fall 2024
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Excellence in Interdisciplinary Studies, Grounded in Faith

At Grace, our curriculum goes beyond conventional education, weaving biblical principles into every facet of learning. We aim to develop passionate servants of Jesus that emphasize the integration of character transformation, ministry experience, and biblical truth.

2024–25 Tuition Cost

An Affordable Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

Explore the pathway to an affordable yet exceptional Interdisciplinary degree. With a range of financial aid options and competitive tuition rates, we’re dedicated to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to excel in the pursuit of their calling without the burden of overwhelming student debt.

$11,250

Tuition Cost per semester

$750

Tuition Cost per Credit Hour

15

Hours per semester

Career Paths

Interdisciplinary Studies Career Paths

  • Interdisciplinary students will be equipped with a versatile skill set that opens doors to a variety of career opportunities. Whether you’re drawn to teaching, financial advising, counselor, or beyond, the possibilities are vast.

    Here are just a few examples of the diverse paths our alumni have pursued after completing their studies:

  • Accountant
  • Teacher
  • Professor
  • Counselor
  • Professional Financial Advisor
  • Project Manager
  • Journalist
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Course Descriptions

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses

The Interdisciplinary Studies program at Grace Christian University will enhance students’ desire to see effective change in the world with opportunities to think through complex problems to come up with creative solutions. This program offers the ability to build upon a biblical foundation providing the tools to be a creative problem solver and world changer.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary studies (120 credit hours) is comprised of:

  • Arts and Sciences Core (30 credits)
  • Bible and Theology Core (30 credits)*
  • Major (33 credits)
  • Undesignated electives/Biblical Languages Concentration/Minor (27 credits)
  • Totla Required for Degree (120 credits)

*18 credits for Degree Completion Transfer Students

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Interdisciplinary Studies Major
Arts & Sciences Core
Bible & Theology Core
Biblical Languages Concentration
Minors

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Science in communication provides students with competencies in understanding culturally diverse communication processes, relational communication, communication strategy formulation and implementation, and adaptability. Communication is an ideal program for those interested in becoming Public Relations Specialists, Social Media Managers, Communication Directors, Business Leaders, Event Planners, Journalists, Public Servants, or Cultural Advisors.

Discipline / Area of Study (at least 6 credits UD)

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Discipline / Area of Study (at least 6 credits UD)

15

Credit Hours

Discipline / Area of Study (at least 6 credits UD)

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Discipline / Area of Study (at least 6 credits UD)

15

Credit Hours

Interdisciplinary Studies Internship II

IDS 438

This advanced internship is faculty-supervised and provides a managed experience to gain professional skills applicable to the student’s emphasis within the Bachelor of Science in the Interdisciplinary Studies degree. Internships require a minimum of 40 hours of contact time per credit earned. The typical Interdisciplinary Studies Internship is three credits, a minimum of 120 hours. Students also complete additional coursework in collaboration with their supervising faculty to integrate classroom concepts and theory into professional situations. Prerequisite: Senior standing

1-6

Credit Hours

Arts & Sciences Core

Our Arts and Sciences Core curriculum is designed to cultivate holistic learning outcomes of human understanding, self understanding, and relational understanding. Through a diverse array of courses and interdisciplinary exploration, students delve into a variety of subjects, fostering a deeper appreciation for the world around them while honing essential skills for personal and professional growth.

Life Communication

COM 140

Life Communication prompts students to identify their passion and excitement to use the gift of speech for good. By working through the process of topic selection, research, and speech organization, students will build confidence in serving others with their communication. In Life Communication, students will be encouraged to know their story, challenged to live their story, and empowered to tell their story.

3

Credit Hours

Professional Communication

COM 290

Explores the fundamental concepts, principles, and skills needed for effective communication in a global world. Emphasis will be given to communication concepts, skillful writing, professional interviewing, organized informational presentations, and cultural intelligence in the workplace. Prerequisite: ENG 101, COM 140

3

Credit Hours

English Composition

ENG 101

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting, composing, editing, and revising to equip them for college-level written assignments. Students will learn to evaluate, synthesize, document and integrate scholarly sources into academic writing while adhering to the conventions of English grammar and mechanics. A final research paper is required. Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

3

Credit Hours

English Composition with Lab

ENG 101L

The purpose of this course is to engage students in the writing process which includes prewriting, drafting, composing, editing, and revising to equip them for college-level written assignments. Students will learn to evaluate, synthesize, document and integrate scholarly sources into academic writing while adhering to the conventions of English grammar and mechanics. Attendance in the writing lab is required. Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

4

Credit Hours

Argumentation and Research

ENG 201

Building on a foundation of English composition, students will experience intensive practice in academic writing and research. Students will learn how to understand and think critically about the ideas and language of others and how to develop and persuasively articulate their thoughts. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or Advanced English Placement.

3

Credit Hours

History Elective

HST —

Choose any History Elective. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

3

Credit Hours

Literature Elective

ENG —

Choose any Literature Elective. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

3

Credit Hours

Philosophy Elective

PHL —

Choose any Philosophy Elective. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

3

Credit Hours

Introduction to Psychology

PSY 201

A general survey of the discipline of psychology including the principles, methods, vocabulary, and major theories in the study of human behavior. Consideration will be given to selected application of psychology for life and ministry.

3

Credit Hours

Introduction to Cultural Diversity

SOC 243

An exploration of cultural diversity and multiculturalism from a Christian faith perspective. This course provides a process to understand and practice cultural diversity competence. It is designed to initiate and provide ongoing preparation for effective interaction with everyone in our culturally diverse world. Growth in these skills equips individuals with the social graces needed to form bonds of mutual trust that will bridge the differences that ordinarily divides people.

3

Credit Hours

Principles of Sociology

SOC 251

A study of contemporary Western society with emphasis on culture, socialization, group life, social institutions, social processes and social change.

3

Credit Hours

Math or Science Elective

MTH or SCI —
Choose any Math or Science Elective. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

3

Credit Hours

Arts and Science Electives

Choose any two Arts and Science Electives. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

6

Credit Hours

Bible & Theology Core

Our Bible and Theology Core curriculum is designed to provide students with opportunities for spiritual growth, ministry, and biblical literacy. Delve into learning to analyze biblical texts, engaging in service, and practicing spiritual disciplines.

Old Testament Literature

BBL 102

Survey of the literature of the Old Testament in its historical setting, literary types, and main ideas. Attention is given to outstanding persons, events, and major teachings.

3

Credit Hours

New Testament Literature

BBL 202

Survey of the literature of the New Testament in its historical setting, literary types, and main ideas. Attention is given to outstanding persons and major events.

3

Credit Hours

Bible Study Methods and Application

BIB 205

An introduction to the principles and practice of inductive Bible study, with emphasis on the effective communication of biblical truth. This course will include assignments intended to develop skills in expository writing and biblical instruction. Christian Ministry requirements are also embedded in this course.

3

Credit Hours

Biblical Interpretation

BIB 215

An introduction to the principles and practice of biblical interpretation as well as the primary tools of biblical research. Intended primarily for students majoring in Biblical Studies, this course seeks to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to correctly interpret and analyze various literary genres, as well as develop skills needed for accurate practical application and teaching. Christian Ministry requirements are also embedded in this course.

3

Credit Hours

Upper Division Old Testament Bible Elective

BIB —

Choose any Upper Division Old Testament Bible Elective. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

3

Credit Hours

Upper Division New Testament Bible Elective

BIB —

Choose any Upper Division New Testament Bible Elective. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

3

Credit Hours

Christian Worldview

THE 161

Investigates the key aspects of Christian Worldview: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Reconciliation. The study of these topics will then be applied to cultural challenges facing Christians in postChristian world.

3

Credit Hours

Christian Mission

THE 162

Investigates the key aspects of Christian Mission: Spiritual Formation, Evangelism, and Global Mission. The study of these topics will then be applied to cultural challenges facing Christians sharing the gospel in cross-cultural contexts. Christian Ministry requirements are also embedded in this course.

3

Credit Hours

Biblical Christian Thought

THE 213

Emphasizes Scripture as the basis of Christian thought about God and surveys a range of Christian doctrine from the standpoint of systematic, historical and dogmatic theology. It also includes a survey of the progressive revelation of God’s plan in Scripture as foundational to a Christian worldview; provides a focused introduction to Pauline dispensational theology and its unique ecclesiological and eschatological interests. Christian Ministry requirements are also embedded in this course.

3

Credit Hours

Theology of Spiritual Formation

THE 363

Emphasizes the practical outworking of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Special consideration will be given to how the Holy Spirit equips God’s people for service, a development of a plan for lifelong spiritual growth, and appreciation for the historic spiritual disciplines. Christian ministry requirements are also embedded in this course. Prerequisite: THE 213.

3

Credit Hours

Upper Division Theology Elective

THE —

Choose any Upper Division Theology Elective. See the On-Campus Undergraduate Academic Catalog for details.

3

Credit Hours

Biblical Languages Concentration

The Biblical Languages Concentration equips students with proficiency in Biblical Greek and Hebrew through courses focused on grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and exegetical methods. Students will gain an understanding of  biblical interpretation and textual analysis. The Biblical Languages Concentration is 12 credits and can be added to the Biblical Studies program, in place of electives.

Elementary Biblical Greek I

LAN 331

An introductory study of the grammar and vocabulary of biblical Greek. Elementary readings from biblical authors and beginning elements of syntax.

3

Credit Hours

Elementary Biblical Greek II

LAN 332

A continuation of the study of the grammar and vocabulary of biblical Greek. Elementary readings from biblical authors and beginning elements of syntax.

3

Credit Hours

Elementary Biblical Hebrew I

LAN 451

An introduction to the elements of biblical Hebrew and the development of vocabulary by reading from the Hebrew Bible.

3

Credit Hours

Readings in New Testament

LAN 421

Reading of selected portions of the New Testament; includes a survey of syntax, the development of exegetical method, and an introduction to textual criticism.

3

Credit Hours

Elementary Biblical Hebrew II

LAN 452

A continuation of the study of the elements of biblical Hebrew and the development of vocabulary by reading from the Hebrew Bible.

9

Credit Hours

Method of Greek Exegesis

LAN 422

Practice in translation and exegetical procedures in both the Gospels and Epistles.

3

Credit Hours

Minors

A Minor is an approved set of courses in a specific discipline that may be used to supplement any bachelor degree Major. Minors are optional and are not required for graduation. No more than six credits in the Minor may duplicate coursework required for the student’s Major.

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