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tual inquiry), hearts (spiritual formation) and hands

(practical ministry skills) in a balanced way.

CIU serves students from more than 40 states

and more than 30 foreign countries with the

majority coming from five Southeastern states.

More than 52 church denominations and inde-

pendent fellowships are represented in the faculty

and student body. CIU graduates serve in voca-

tional Christian ministries and in the marketplace

with about 30 percent of CIU graduates working

in crosscultural contexts.


Columbia International University educates peo-

ple from a biblical worldview to impact the

nations with the message of Christ. The imple-

mentation of this educational purpose through

the Undergraduate Programs of Columbia

International University (CIU) is expressed in the

following statement: The purpose of undergradu-

ate studies is to prepare students to become

world Christians who serve God with excellence

in crosscultural, church, marketplace and other

ministry roles.

We pursue this mission as a postsecondary aca-

demic community modeling, mentoring and moti-

vating students to cultivate spiritual vitality and

character formation, to acquire knowledge in bib-

lical content and gain interpretation skills, to

develop competence as critical thinkers and

communicators, to formulate a comprehensive

biblical worldview for themselves and to explore

and initiate experiences that are ministry-focused,

based on their calling.

Our purpose is summarized in our motto, “To

know Him and to make Him known.” Both the

curriculum and the community life at CIU are

intentionally designed to stimulate a dynamic

context in which each student is assisted and

encouraged to pursue the following institutional


Know Christ by learning submission to His

Lordship and dependence on the Holy Spirit,

thus making progress in conforming to His


Know the Word by gaining mastery of its con-

tent and understanding of its meaning, by

assimilating and applying its truth and by devel-

oping skill in the use of study tools

Know oneself by an increasing awareness of

spiritual gifts, personality types and personal


Know people by becoming sensitive to their

needs and the contexts in which they live, and

by improving communication with them, what-

ever their cultures.

Know the skills required in a particular area of

ministry. By “ministry” we consciously and

intentionally include those who are called by

God to minister in and through professional dis-

ciplines – whether in communication, educa-

tion, psychology or other professional

disciplines where training programs are being


In addition to the faculty, the university provides

resources for learning, the incentives and the cur-

ricular guidance necessary for progress toward

these goals. We expect students to be active par-

ticipants in the spiritual, academic, social and

physical dimensions of college life. As they do,

they come “To know Him” better and are able “To

make Him known” more effectively. We believe

that God’s purpose for Columbia International

University institutionally and for its faculty and

students individually, is achieved only by the

supernatural work of the Holy Spirit through yield-

ed believers.

Philosophy of Education, Goals and

Faculty Responsibilities


The basic educational philosophy of Columbia

International University is derived from two

essential goals, one personal and one vocational.

Personal Goal:

We desire growth in personality,

character, spiritual maturity and knowledge. At

Columbia International University, our objective

experientially is to know God and become

increasingly like His son, Jesus Christ. To become

like Christ implies that we know who He is. Our

knowledge of Christ has two dimensions: to

know all we may know about Him cognitively and

to know Him in intimate relationship experientially.

Vocational Goal:

We design professional pro-


2012-2013 Undergraduate Programs