Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of the Middle Eastern Studies program is to prepare students for international ministry opportunities, particularly in the Middle East. The program includes a year of study in Israel at Jerusalem University College (JUC), an evangelical institution with which Columbia International University has a consortial relationship. While in Israel, students will be placed in Jewish or Arab ministry contexts to develop their ministry skills according to their vocational goals.
In addition to the mission statement, general objectives, and requirements of the college, the objectives of the Middle Eastern Studies program are to develop in students the skills and knowledge necessary to:
- Gain experience in Middle Eastern life and culture.
- Develop cross-cultural communication and ministry skills.
- Understand more clearly the beliefs and practices of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
- Acquire a firsthand knowledge of the geography of Israel, Egypt, and Jordan.
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- Cross-cultural ministry: Minister among and to the people of the Middle East or another part of the world through various ministry agencies.
- Marketplace ministry: Secure employment in the Middle East through combining what you learn in your major with a professional skill.
- Graduate training: Your Middle Eastern Studies major provides a solid foundation for graduate study in a related field. You could complete our seminary's Master of Arts (Muslim Studies) program in only one year! Jerusalem University College also offers many excellent graduate programs.
Bryan E. Beyer
Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
B.A., Colorado State University; M.Div., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of ReligionRead More...
Middle Eastern Studies Program Director
Certificate form Torchbearer Schools, Capernwray Hall, England and Tauernhof, Austria; B.A., Columbia Bible College; M.A., Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Israel Study Tour, 1990; M.Phil., D.Phil., Hebrew Union...Read More...