2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
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2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVE]

Bible, BS

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The Bible Major at Columbia International University equips students with training in understanding and applying the Bible. All students at CIU complete a Bible and Theology Core of 18 hours, and the Bible Major builds upon these core studies. Students can choose to major only in Bible or can double-major in Bible and another major of their choice.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the Bible Major at CIU is to equip students to handle God’s word faithfully by understanding the framework of Scripture and by developing the skills of interpreting and applying Scripture. Students complete coursework in Biblical and Theological studies and can complete electives in Bible, Theology, and Biblical languages to customize their course of study. Students have the option of completing a major with a general Bible focus or with a concentration in either Old Testament or New Testament studies. Students double-majoring in Bible should consult their academic advisors for recommendations regarding elective choices.

See Undergraduate Core  for graduation requirements.

Course of Study (120)

Degree Core (54)

Bible Major (15)

Concentration (12)

In addition to the required 18 required hours in the Bible and Theology core (see above), students will complete 12 additional hours of study and 3 credits hours of field experience or internship. Students may choose the general Bible Major or from one of the following concentrations:

Bible Major (12)

  • Choose four upper division elective courses from BIB, BTS, GRE, HEB, and/or THE **
Bible Major (Old Testament Concentration) (12)

  • Choose four upper division elective courses from BIB (OT book study courses and/or HEB) **
Bible Major (New Testament Concentration) (12)

  • BIB 3230   - Between the Testaments Credits: 3
  • Choose three upper division elective courses from BIB and/or GRE Credits: 9 **

**Students taking Greek or Hebrew must complete a minimum of 6 hours

Field Experience (3)

For students majoring only in Bible, three (3) credit hours of field experience (MSD 4400) or Internship (MSD 4930) are required. For students completing a second major at CIU, the field experience requirement for the Bible major is waived. (3 credit hours).

Open Electives (51)

  • Choose 17 courses from any department

Suggested Program of Study

Year 1 - Spring

Year 2 - Fall

Year 2 - Spring

Year 3 - Fall

Year 3 - Spring

Year 4 - Fall

Year 4 - Spring

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