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Will I have the opportunity to study deeper in any area of communication?

Students have room in the curriculum not only to major in Communication but also to take an additional minor in either Radio Broadcasting or Video Production. Students also may take advantage of our cooperative agreement with Midlands Technical College to earn a certificate in Information Systems Networking along with their major in Communication.

Is the Communication program text book oriented or is it "hands-on"?

The nature of a Communication program demands a hands-on approach to education. A working TV studio with state-of-the-art digital video editing equipment, a computer lab with the latest in computer enhanced graphics, presentations software, darkroom, and a student radio station all compliment the total education of the student.

What field of communication is taught at CIU?

The typical student can expect courses in all of today's communication fields from writing for the mass media to photography, from history of media to video production, from leadership in communication to design principles of electronic communication. Students will be adequately prepared to enter into any area of communication upon graduation.

What areas of concentration could I take at CIU to complete my program in General Studies?

Students may take their 18 credit hour concentration at CIU in such areas as: Bible teaching, biblical languages, communication, elementary education, evangelism, family and church education, humanities, intercultural studies, music, pastoral ministries, psychology, theology and youth work.

What kind of technical training is available through the cooperative program with Midlands Tech?

A number of students are involved in the nursing program at Midlands Tech, but programs are available in a variety of fields including: accounting, business management, commercial graphics, computer technology, criminal justice, dental hygiene, gerontology, information systems networking, legal assistant, marketing, office systems, radiologic technology, respiratory care and telecommunications systems.

May I live on campus at CIU while taking classes at Midlands Tech?

Yes, students are encouraged to live in the dorms and participate in the campus activities at CIU while they are taking courses at Midlands Tech. So students would pay for their tuition at Midlands Tech and for their room and board at CIU.

How does the cooperative program with Midlands Technical College work?

Students normally take their course work at Midlands Tech during their sophomore and junior years or for shorter programs only during their junior year. In four years, they are able to receive an associate's degree or certificate in a technical field from Midlands Tech and a bachelor's degree in Bible and General Studies from CIU.

I would be a transfer student at CIU. How might the General Studies program help me?

For students who transfer into CIU with a large number of credit hours, the General Studies program is often the quickest way for them to complete their bachelor's degree. In this way, they can more easily move on to graduate study or the job market.

Jim Brown

Psychology Professor

B.A., Belhaven College; M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary; M.A., Columbia International University

Mr. Brown has his own practice as a professional counselor for individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents and group therapy. He specializes in addictions. He teaches several courses on the undergraduate level as an adjunct professor. You may learn more at his website

B.A. in Christian Ministries, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS; Master of Divinity, Degree in Pastoral Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO; M.A. in Counseling, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; Served as Assistant Pastor working with Youth, College age and Families in Hattiesburg, MS; St. Louis, MO; Miami, FL and Irmo, SC; Presently in private practice for the past 10 plus years as a professional counselor and supervisor of LPC Interns; teaching, preaching, training and consulting in various settings.


Karen Close

Karen Close
Director of Christian Service Learning
(803) 807-5465

B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Karen grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She dropped out of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas to marry Jack Close, who was a Doctoral student at the University of Texas, a Canadian, and widower with a son, Allen. Jack and Karen moved to South Carolina after serving in ministry for over 30 years with Western Christian high school and college in Canada. While in Canada she was heavily involved in church and community volunteer activities. Karen is passionate about the church and helping to make it a safe place for people to receive help and spiritual guidance. In addition to her role at CIU, she serves as a counselor, with an emphasis in family systems, at the Lexington Church of Christ where she also teaches ladies Bible classes and marriage and family classes. She says that her most meaningful accomplishment is her long marriage to the love of her life, her 3 married children and 8 grandchildren.

B.A. (Ministry) Western Christian College, Canada; M.A. & M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; D. Min, Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA ; 2004-2007 Adjunct Professor , Western Christian College, Canada; 2007 - present, Board of Directors, Western Christian College, Canada; 2004-present, Counselor, Lexington Church of Christ.



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