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Philosophy of Undergraduate


To fulfill personal and vocational goals, Columbia

International University offers a variety of academic

programs, with Bible as the core of each. To understand

the Bible it is necessary to know its content, understand

its meaning, and apply the truth of the Scripture so that it

changes patterns of thinking and behavior. Skill in

observing, interpreting, and applying God’s Word is

necessary. Bible surveys, book studies, topical Bible

studies (e.g. theology), and Bible-related subjects are

designed with these purposes in mind. To develop skill in

the use of the Bible, tools for study and communication

are learned and used in such courses as hermeneutics

and homiletics. However, to make Christ known in the full

sense of the word, it is necessary not only to study the

Bible and Bible-related subjects, but to know and

communicate well with the people to whom we make

Christ known.

As an institution of higher education, at least two relevant

reasons for studying general education are essential.

First, an important part of studying the various disciplines

in general education is to become the fully-formed,

creative, reasoning, social creatures that God designed

us to be. In doing so we enter into richer relationships with

God and others. The second vital reason to study general

education is to develop the ability to communicate Christ

effectively. By becoming well-formed, we will have





anthropological knowledge, and historical perspectives

that will enable us to reach others.

Undergraduate Objectives

The objectives of our undergraduate programs express

specific ways in which we endeavor to accomplish our

mission through helping students to develop in spiritual

maturity, Bible knowledge, ministry skills, and general

education. We take our mission and objectives seriously

and have taken care to state these objectives in terms that

facilitate assessment. We conduct specific assessment

activities each year and the results guide the institutional

planning process, enabling us to make improvements.

Focused on Spiritual Formation


Graduating students should demonstrate a growing

intimacy in their relationship with God, as evidenced in the

areas of worship, prayerfulness, and faith. Graduating

students should demonstrate a biblical understanding of

themselves rooted in Christ, as evidenced in the areas of

confidence, self-discipline, and stability. Graduating

students should demonstrate a growing relationship with

the body of Christ as evidenced in the areas of

community, unity, and submission. Graduating students

should demonstrate a growing maturity in personal

relationships as evidenced in the areas of purity,

faithfulness, and servanthood. Graduating students

should demonstrate a desire to serve God fully as they

engage the world as evidenced in the areas of eternal

perspective, conviction, and perseverance.

*The faculty recognizes that spiritual formation may be

defined in various ways. After careful consideration, in

2005 the faculty defined spiritual formation as: “The

divinely ordained transformational process by which the

Holy Spirit leads believers to embrace the Lord Jesus

Christ through the Word of God and by that relationship

become progressively freer from sin and more like Christ.

The Spirit’s formative work occurs in the context of a vital

engagement with a community of believers.”

Focused on Bible Knowledge

Graduating students should demonstrate basic

understanding of the content and composition of the

biblical revelation of God’s plan of salvation and program

of redemption, including a basic grasp of the content,

principles of interpretation, and theological teaching of the

Bible. Graduating students will demonstrate a thorough

understanding of the biblical standards, principles, and

provisions for Christ-like living.

Graduating students should demonstrate a basic grasp of

the biblical mandate for world evangelization and the role

and responsibility of each individual believer and local


Focused on Professional Competencies and Ministry


Graduating students should evidence identification and

understanding of their spiritual gifts and abilities and

evidence ability to use them effectively in ministry.

Graduating students should evidence integration of the

cognitive aspects of learning with affective and behavioral

aspects by demonstrating competence in development of

ministry strategies, development and use of ministry

materials, and adequate skill in methods and media of

presentation appropriate to their individual academic

specialization and vocational goals.

Graduating students should demonstrate development in

and adequate reflection of traits and skills for spiritual

leadership such as commitment to the biblical priority of

world evangelization, personal involvement in

evangelizing the lost and promoting righteousness,

justice and mercy in society, dependability, creativity,

initiative, and vision, and a servant attitude in their

ministry skills and internship experiences.

Graduating students should demonstrate technical and

human service skills by completing internships or other

forms of direct service under professional supervision in

their programs.

Focused on General Education

Graduating students should evidence development in

formation of a biblical worldview, which provides a

framework for interpreting, integrating, and assimilating

truth from various realms of revelation and human inquiry.

Graduating students should demonstrate improved

achievement and proficiency parallel to that of students of