Bernhard Ott

Bernhard Ott
Academic Dean, ESCT | CIU-Korntal Academic Dean, ESCT

Ph.D. (Missiology), Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

Dr. Bernhard Ott has served as the EdD Program Director since 2006 and the Academic Dean of the European School of Culture and Theology (ESCT) since 2013. He is also a part-time lecturer at the Theologischen Seminar Bienenberg (Switzerland) and Chairman and Director at the European Evangelical Accrediting Association (EEAA).

Traugott Hopp

A photo of Traugott Hopp, a professor at CIU-Korntal.

M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Traugott Hopp has served as president of AWM since 2002. The native Hesse studied theology at Theologischen Seminar Tabor and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Chicago. The emphasis of his studies was Old Testament and Mission. He was a professor of Old Testament and Mission at Theologischen Seminar Tabor from 1990-1995. Hopp has gained a wide scope of experience and insights through his five years with the Marburger Brazilian Mission, service in the local church, chairmanship of the Hessischen Gemeinschaftsverband, as representative of the student body in Tabor and as a lecturer. 


CIU Fitness Center Weight Room Expanded, Equipment Upgraded

January 09, 2017
Damian Hurta and Jordan Dillingham

By Bob Holmes

If the grimace on the face of CIU basketball player Damian Hurta was any indication, the new weight room equipment in CIU’s Moore Fitness Center is going to be an effective training tool for CIU athletes. 

Hurta was doing some pretty heavy bench pressing on the new equipment during one of the basketball team’s first practices at the start of the spring semester.  

Security Officer

40 hours/12 months
January 02, 2017


The Security Officer will perform in a professional manner routine daily security duties to protect the campus community and assets of Columbia International University.The satisfactory performance of these duties will result in a safe and secure environment for the campus community to live, work, and study.


  • Maintain the physical security of buildings and facilities by conducting walk-throughs, door checks, and by following lock/unlock schedules.
  • Maintain the security of campus grounds to protect campus community and facilities by frequent vehicle and foot patrols or by manning an access control point.
  • Continually be observant of individuals and situations that may compromise the security and safety of the campus community and facilities.
  • Be observant for maintenance issues that require attention.
  • Enforce campus parking and traffic regulations.
  • Complete necessary reports and paperwork as required.
  • Maintain a professinal appearance and attitude.
  • Work as a team with other officers and the campus community.


  • Ability to analyze problems and select proper corrective action.
  • Must be 21 years of age in order to meet state requirements for security officer.
  • Ability to be certified in the use of firearms and non-lethal weapons such as OC spray and baton.
  • Ability to complete additional training as required.
  • Good all-around public relations and communication skills.
  • Ability to keep good composure in all situations.
  • Ability to work alone and remain alert to surroundings.
  • Flexibility in days and hours available for work, including weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to sit and drive for long periods of time.
  • Ability to stand on feet for a long period of time.
  • Good physical condition.
  • High school diploma.
  • One year of law enforcement or security experience.


Honors Program

The Honors Program is an opportunity for undergraduate students who are academically talented to enhance their educational experience at CIU through personal engagement, intellectual involvement and a sense of community. Successful participation in the program gives highly qualified students the ability to become skilled in their specific disciplines and the personal satisfaction of having accomplished the most innovative and challenging program available.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Complete a series of Honors-designated courses in their major
  • Enjoy engaging with other like-minded students
  • Engage critically with readings of the classical writings in human history
  • Further develop skills in oral and written communication, research and critical thinking
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Working one-on-one with faculty


  • Minimum score of 1250 on the new SAT or 27 on the ACT
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Undergraduate student who has been accepted to CIU
  • Invited to apply for Honors Program after acceptance

CIU Shining Lights on Both Sides of the Broad River

December 13, 2016
Timothy Wolff celebrates after earning his master's degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Intercultural Studies

“It is time for us as faith-walkers, now more than ever, to let our lights shine in a dark world – and especially this place we call home, The United States of America.”

That was the charge to the December graduates on the main campus of Columbia International University. The commencement address was given by South Carolina State Sen. Darrell Jackson, a CIU alumnus who is also pastor of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road in Columbia.  


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