Challenges and Champions: CIU's Annual Sadie Hawkins Field Day

March 23, 2016
CIU students play Bubble-Ball.

By Michael A. Lanier

CIU Student Writer

It’s a rite of spring at Columbia International University. The ladies of the student body have the opportunity to ask the men to participate with them in an afternoon of zany competition known as the Sadie Hawkins Field Day. This year, in teams of two couples, they participated contests ranging from baby food taste-testing to dodge ball using wadded-up socks as balls.

Intercultural Studies

The Doctor of Philosophy (Intercultural Studies) program prepares you to produce original research in any area of Intercultural Studies including history and theology of mission, cultural anthropology, mission strategy, and Islamic Studies among others. 

This flexible program is available in three-year and five-year formats. You may pursue it online from wherever you are living or serving. 


Graduates with a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies go on to become:

Centenarian Alumna Who Held CIU Distinction now with the Lord

March 14, 2016
Ethelyn Watson

Columbia International University alumna Ethelyn Watson went to be with the Lord on March 5 leaving behind two distinctions. She lived to be 101 years old, and she was the first married woman with children to graduate from CIU — and did so cum laude, above average academic distinction.

Watson and her husband Joe Watson, graduated from CIU in 1944 when the school was known as Columbia Bible College. They had known each other since grade school in Long Island, New York, and were high school sweethearts.  

Explore Our Location

Where is CIU?

CIU is out in the country and close to town, offering the best of both worlds. Our quiet, cozy campus is just a few miles from the heart of Columbia, South Carolina’s capital city.

Along with big-time sporting events, gathering spots like coffee shops and a diverse range of dining and music venues cater to college students.

Shopping options — from eclectic boutiques to major malls — are readily available. And along with being notably student-friendly, Columbia also offers a wide range of educational, entertainment and living options for young families.

Meanwhile, outdoorsy types can take advantage of the paddling, boating, fishing, hiking and camping available at the rivers, lakes, state parks and forests that grace the Midlands. That's what we call central South Carolina. Columbia is in the middle of the Midlands, just a couple hours from the North Carolina mountains and the Palmetto State’s beaches.

It’s an easy drive from CIU to Charleston, Charlotte, Greenville and Atlanta. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport offers direct flights to cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Amtrak and Greyhound also serve Columbia.

Schedule a visit for a campus tour and discover Columbia while you’re here. Getting here is easy. Staying here is too. Get directions!


Celebrating Reconciliation through Theological Education

March 02, 2016
The CIU Ambassador Choir joins with the Allen University Choir in Hoke Auditorium on the CIU campus

Columbia International University and Allen University in Columbia celebrated the lives of two professors who worked toward reconciliation through theological education.   

Dr. Gregory Grooms of Allen University, and Dr. William Larkin of CIU touched countless lives in their own spheres of influence, but also worked together for the good of the Kingdom of God beyond their institutions and denominations. Dr. Grooms died in 2015; Dr. Larkin died in 2014.


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