Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Education With Breadth

Designed specifically for adult learners, the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at California Baptist University provides a breadth of learning across a wide spectrum of studies. Students emerge from the program with a well-rounded, balanced education as well as the basic intellectual tools to identify and pursue their professional goals.

Brett Provance, Ph.D.
Brett Provance, Ph.D., Faculty Lead

Well Educated, Well Prepared

An excellent degree for adults interested in exploring a world of ideas, CBU’s BA in Interdisciplinary Studies offers a comprehensive and convenient degree program for increasing knowledge as well as value in the workplace. Carefully selected courses cover a broad range of practical and relevant subjects necessary for developing a breadth of understanding of learning and society. The well-balanced curriculum provides students with a broader field of vision, as well as the ability to see interconnections between different subjects in a holistic context. Coursework also places an emphasis on strengthening the critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills that increase job effectiveness across a range of work environments.

A Wide Choice of Concentrations

CBU’s Interdisciplinary Studies students supplement this well-rounded educational foundation with a choice of four concentrations based on today’s most dynamic professional paths. Students have the opportunity to explore, identify and pursue specializations that reflect their professional as well as academic interests. CBU’s Interdisciplinary Studies concentrations are:

  • Communication Arts
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Organizational Leadership

Springboard For Career Development

Taught by faculty members personally invested in the success and development of their students, CBU’s Interdisciplinary Studies program offers adult learners an ideal opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of interesting and relevant disciplines. This balanced education provides a solid foundation on which to pursue specialized learning and advanced studies with the aim of advancing professionally in a specific career.

Faith-Based Perspective

While taking a holistic approach to learning, CBU’s BA in Interdisciplinary Studies also integrates a Christian perspective into the coursework and classroom. Students gain a deeper understanding of their own values and beliefs, through an examination of faith as it relates to a range of subjects. So while prepared with the intellectual tools to meet the challenges and opportunities of the workplace, students emerge with a clearly articulated set of ethical and moral principals to guide them as they pursue their professional and personal goals.

Finish What You Started

If you’re ready to reach your professional and personal goals, the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree-completion program is ready to help. Attend the next information session to learn more about the B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies major.

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • 24 transferrable units preferred
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Speak with an Admissions Counselor to discuss options at 951.343.3900 or cbuonline@calbaptist.edu
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 53 units to graduate depending on transferred units
  • Costs vary depending on the number of units transferred
  • Per unit cost is $511
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Major Program (53 units)

Prerequisites to Program (6 units)

Composition
Intermediate Composition

Prerequisites to Psychology Concentration (12 units)
Must be complete prior to beginning Psychology concentration courses

Foundational Skills in Behavioral Science I
Foundational Skills in Behavioral Science II
Intermediate Algebra
General Psychology

Lower Division Requirements (6 units)

Integrated Humanities I
Integrated Humanities II

Upper Division Requirements (25 units)

Contemporary Visual Arts & Culture
Interpersonal Communications
Minorities in America
Portfolio Capstone OR PST 300 Career and Professional Development
Contemporary Health Issues
Ethics or PHI 353 Comparative Religions
Political Economy
World Geography
ENG313 Multicultural Literature OR ENG360 Detective FIction OR ENG353 Children's Literature

Concentration Courses (12 units)
Students must complete one of the following concentrations:

Communication Arts

Public Relations
Rhetorical Criticism
Organizational Communications
The Art and Design of Professional Presentations

Organizational Leadership

Human Resource Management
Leadership in Organizations
Organizational Communications
Organizational Theory and Design

Psychology

Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science
Lifespan Development
Theories of Personality
Abnormal Psychology

Public Administration

Executive Leadership and Management in the Public Sector
Policy Process and Analysis
Public Personnel Management
Principles of Public Administration

Additional Program Courses (7 units)

Overview of the Bible
Foundations of Christian Thought

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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