Certificate Programs Added

October 14, 2014

Columbia International University has added two certificate programs designed to enhance the ministry of people serving in cross-cultural environments and can be earned completely online. The Intercultural Studies Certificate and the Muslim Studies Certificate can also be used as building blocks toward completing a Master of Arts degree.

The Intercultural Studies Certificate provides students with an essential understanding of the mission of God, culture, worldview and ethnography while the Muslim Studies Certificate prepares students for effective life and work in Muslim contexts.

Each certificate includes two required courses and two electives. The two required courses in the Muslim Studies Certificate provide essential understanding of Muslim beliefs and practices as well as various forms of Christian witness.

The four courses in each certificate meet the basic requirements for a concentration and can be plugged in to other degree programs. Both certificates can be earned completely online, or as a combination of resident and online courses.  

CIU Intercultural Studies professor Dr. Ed Smither says he hopes students earning the certificates will gain “the skills to understanding the mission of God from Scripture and to effectively minster across cultures in a diverse world.”

For details on the Intercultural Studies Certificate: http://ciu.edu/academic-programs/intercultural-studies-certificate

For details on the Muslim Studies Certificate: http://ciu.edu/academic-programs/muslim-studies-certificate