17| COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
2016-2017 COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
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:
All our bachelor’s students major
in Bible as well as 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 those content areas. In many cases, students choose an emphasis that is a
solid foundation for life and perhaps graduate studies.
Our students 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 is 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
Business & Organizational Leadership
Digital Media & Cinema
Middle Eastern Studies
Writing (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, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences