About this course
With a whole world of knowledge to discover, it is not always easy to know where to begin. What truly interests you? What could you be great at? Which path should you pursue?
In the Diploma of General Studies, you’ll have the opportunity not only to deepen your Christian faith as you study the Bible, but also to explore a fascinating mix of academic disciplines. History, psychology, literature, the arts, geography, business – you’ll enjoy the chance to see the world from different angles and find out where your passions lie.
As a General Studies student, you will learn and grow on every level. You’ll gain core academic skills: how to research, think analytically and creatively, and communicate clearly about a range of subjects. You will also grow spiritually and personally as you join our welcoming, Christ-centered community. Participating in service practicums and missions experiences will develop your practical skills and your confidence.
Diploma in General Studies
To graduate with this Diploma, you will complete two years of study with two main areas of focus: developing a faith foundation, and exploring your interests. You will dive into your Christian faith, investigating the Scriptures, Christian theology, history, and mission. You will choose from a series of classes designed to give you a broad introduction to a variety of subjects, tailoring your diploma to fit your interests and to prepare you for your next steps.
At 62 credits, the Diploma in General Studies can be completed in two years if you are willing to work hard and plan your courses carefully. If you prefer to have a significant part-time job or have other commitments, you are also welcome to finish your diploma at a slower pace.
The Diploma in General Studies has been designed in collaboration with University of the Fraser Valley, a public university with campuses in Abbotsford, Mission, and Chilliwack.
Our signed agreement with UFV means that graduates of Columbia’s two-year Diploma in General Studies qualify to transfer 59 credits (just under two full years of study) into UFV’s Bachelor of Integrated Studies program. The completion of Years 3 and 4 at UFV leads to a versatile university degree that opens many educational and career doors.
Course transferability to other colleges or universities should be verified with each school.
Most Diploma in General Studies graduates will go on to pursue further post-secondary education, typically the Bachelor of General Studies or Bachelor of Integrated Studies.
Pursue a Career
General Studies grads are well-rounded thinkers and communicators who can pursue careers in areas such as administration, civil services, law enforcement, community services, project management, or marketing.
Become a Teacher
If you take advantage of our UFV transfer agreement and plan your third- and fourth-year studies carefully, you will be eligible to apply for UFV’s Teacher Education program after you graduate with your BIS degree. You can then train as either an elementary/middle school teacher or a secondary teacher in English or Social Studies
A Bachelor of Integrated Studies also opens doors for many post-graduate programs. Explore a few university websites and you’ll see the possibilities – everything from a Master of Social Work to medical school to law school to an MA in English Literature.
“I enrolled in the General Studies Diploma so I can find out what I am truly passionate about, and what path I should pursue. General Studies was also the perfect program for me to focus on my studies while also playing varsity athletics here at Columbia. The program has allowed me to explore a variety of options and has opened my mind to different outlooks of the world and the wonder of God’s creation. I knew Columbia would be the perfect place for me to grow as a student, as an athlete, and as an individual.”
“The CBC community has been amazing throughout all three years that I have been here. CBC community is like a second family. There were always opportunities to meet new people at different events on campus. As an athlete it was always awesome to see everyone come out to games and support us. The CBC community is supportive, encouraging, and welcoming.
CBC has given me a greater appreciation and understanding of the Bible. I have learned the importance of applying hermeneutics to understand the original meaning of scripture. Interpreting scripture allows us to have a deeper understanding and closer relationship with God. Allowing scripture to be applied to all areas and circumstances in life.”
Develop your faith, study the Bible, and explore your interest with this flexible program designed for maximum university transfer credits.
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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