About this course
Who is God? What do words like gospel, salvation, and redemption really mean? How does the Bible speak into the tough issues facing our world? These are some of the most important questions we can ask in life.
As a Biblical Studies student, you’ll spend focused time with instructors and other students who are passionate about digging deep into the Scriptures. You’ll learn to see God’s word from a variety of angles. You’ll step back to see and appreciate the big pictures – how God is at work in redeeming creation. You’ll zoom back in to examine specific passages and see what they have to say to us. You’ll learn important interpretive tools and grow your knowledge of biblical languages, history, and culture. Through it all you will develop skills for connecting God’s timeless message to your own life and community and you will build a deep foundation for your future – no matter where God is calling you.
Your academic journey in Biblical Studies will benefit from excellent instructors who will lead you into dynamic in-class conversations about the issues facing our world and who will gladly spend time with you as you grapple with questions along the way. In addition to your studies, you will have many opportunities through internships and service learning to gain hands-on experience in a variety of ministry contexts and begin putting your knowledge of the Bible into practice.
Diploma in Biblical Studies
The two-year diploma program in Biblical Studies is ideal for students who want to pursue a solid foundation prior to embarking on a career path in the public arena. Students in this program receive the same quality classes and training as those in the first two years of the BA program. Students will become familiar with both the Old and New Testaments and how to read and understand the Bible. They will also take courses that challenge and foster growth in their spiritual lives. The diploma involves an integrated learning component that helps students connect knowledge and practice in weekly service opportunities. Some diploma graduates have gone on to pursue a BA degree in Biblical Studies at Columbia while others have continued their training at public universities and colleges and are now representing Jesus in a wide variety of careers.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies
The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Biblical Studies is designed to prepare students for a career in vocational ministry. Many graduates from this program choose to continue on to graduate programs at Christian Universities and Seminaries, while others enter into ministry roles within the church and parachurch organizations. Columbia BA graduates have stepped into successful ministries as pastors, church planters, and other ministry-oriented careers.
Biblical Studies Minors
By their third year of studies, Biblical Studies degree students are required to select a minor that suits their abilities and interests and career path. Completing a minor is nearly equivalent to completing a diploma in another area of study. It is thus a great opportunity for students to add value to their education. Students will graduate with a degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in another area of study such as counselling, leadership, worship arts and more. Learn more about potential minors.
- Bible Teaching
- Counselling & Human Services
- Church Ministry
- Intercultural Studies
- Applied Leadership
- Ministry to Children
- Practical Ministry
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Worship Arts
- Youth Work
Online Certificate in Christian Studies
Interested in studying the Bible in an online setting? Columbia now offers a 30-credit certificate that includes introductory courses in Bible and theology. These online courses feature video lectures and textbooks from leading evangelical scholars in the world. All courses are completed online, with full access to online textbooks, video lectures, and library resources and with personal guidance, feedback and grading from our Columbia online instructor. Learn more about the Online Certificate.
Integrated learning that connects theory and practice is central to all Columbia programs. Columbia thus requires all degree students to complete an internship in their third or fourth year. Biblical Studies internships are typically shaped with the students’ career path, previous experiences, and minor in mind. Internships can take place in a variety of contexts such as churches, parachurch organizations, Christian schools, and summer camps. The internship program is designed to provide a rich learning experience with practical skill development. For more information about Columbia’s internship program, including application forms and placement options, visit Service Learning.
Imagine studying in the very places where Jesus lived and taught or the place where much of the Old Testament story took place. Every two years, Columbia students are given the opportunity to spend three weeks in Israel and Jordan, experiencing and learning first-hand about the land, culture, history, and archaeology of the Bible. Columbia Students join other students from around the world for this 4-credit course which is offered through Jerusalem University College. This is an unforgettable learning experience that brings the Bible to life in a way that few others can match. It provides a rich well to draw from in the life of reading and teaching the Bible.
“CBC has made it easy to go into graduate studies. It has a high standard for classes, caring professors who push students to improve in their academic and theological skills, and a desire to mature students academically and spiritually while also transforming their character. I learned to engage deeply with God’s Word, apply it to my life, see issues from multiple perspectives, and do this in order to grow closer to God and participate in his mission. CBC has provided a firm foundation to my graduate studies, allowing me to contribute to theological discussions as I continue to develop in these areas.”
“Community was something I was deeply craving before I came to CBC and I found that that desire has been fulfilled in so many ways through friends, mentors, and teachers. It is a community that challenges and accepts you. And honestly, it’s just super fun! COVID definitely could have thrown a wrench in a lot of those aspects of community, but I have found that it has actually managed to strengthen it instead. I’ve been surprised by the positivity and hope on campus and how everyone has continually tried to make the most of a difficult season. I have been encouraged by the CBC community’s constant commitment to finding hope this year and their perseverance.”
Prepare for a kingdom-focused life as you become skilled in interpreting God’s Word and applying it in practical ways.
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"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself." -Jesus