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From the Desk of the Dean…

Greetings from the College of Arts and Sciences at

Columbia International University! I would like to take a

few minutes to introduce you to who we are and what we

do. The College of Arts and Sciences’ purpose is to educate

students for life and service through biblical, liberal arts,

and professional studies. Let me unpack that a bit:

Biblical Studies:

All our bachelor’s students major in Bible as well as in their program

of choice. The 30 semester hours of Bible and theology help students develop a biblical

paradigm for life, whatever their chosen ministry or vocation. But that is not all! Faculty

in every program teach their courses from a biblical perspective. They have thought

through how the Scriptures influence their professional disciplines and will assist you in

developing your own thinking.

Liberal Arts Studies:

All of our students take a core of liberal arts courses. Some of

these courses are part of the general education core common to all students. A wide

range of other courses are also available to choose from and some of our majors focus

directly on these content areas. In many cases, students choose an emphasis that is a

solid foundation for life and perhaps for graduate studies.

Professional Studies:

All our students will serve God in some way following graduation

from CIU. Will that be in a cross-cultural context, a local church context, or the

marketplace? It’s important that we follow God’s call wherever He calls us and whatever

He calls us to do. Perhaps one of our professional programs will prepare you to pursue

that calling.

Every CIU program will challenge you to grow biblically, intellectually, and spiritually as

you develop the skills you need to serve in today’s world. We offer a Bible Certificate

and Associate of Arts degree as well as the Bachelor of Arts/Science degree with the

following majors and/or minors:

Bible Teaching

Business & Organizational Leadership


Digital Media & Cinema


General Studies


Media Arts

Middle Eastern Studies


Philosophy (minor only)


May the Lord guide you in your decision, and may you find the grace to pursue His

calling whatever it is and wherever it takes you.

Yours in Christ,

Bryan Beyer

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences