Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 150 years. Columbia College improves the lives of diverse undergraduate and graduate learners through exemplary teaching. The liberal arts and sciences and professional programs of the College embrace and profess these values: Student centrism, Lifelong learning, Ethics and citizenship, Flexibility and innovation, Quality and improvement, Civility and respect, Environmental and fiscal stewardship. Our vision is to be a model institution.
As a private, non-profit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. Through its network of campuses in 34 Nationwide locations, as well as the main campus in Columbia, Mo., and a robust Online Campus, the college serves more than 30,000 students annually.
Columbia College has been recognized as one of the nation's best online programs by U.S. News & World Report. GetEducated.com has named 7 of Columbia College's online degree programs as "Best Buy's." It also designated the college as a "Best Online College." Columbia College was also recognized as a "Military Friendly School" by Military Friendly Schools, "College of Distinction" by Student Horizons, Inc., "Best for Vets: Colleges 2014" by the Military Times and one of the best colleges in the Midwest by the Princeton Review. Columbia College's mix of great flexibility and high level of academic rigor make it one of the best online colleges in the nation.
Columbia College has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association since 1918. The college is also approved for teacher preparation by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Associate in Science degree in Nursing is accredited by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. Contact the Higher Learning Commission at 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504 or call 312-263-0456 or 800-621-7440 for questions about the accreditation of Columbia College.
American Studies constitutes a multidisciplinary program for the exploration of the past, present, and future of the United States. It brings together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines to compare and to exchange knowledge about the American experience. The program offers a rich, rigorous approach combining intellectual insights from literature, history, sociology, political science, and other social sciences and humanities. Rather than limiting majors to a single department's offerings, the program allows students the freedom to complete courses in a variety of traditional disciplines.
The Business Administration program serves students from a variety of backgrounds. Members of the faculty employ a variety of instructional techniques and resources aimed at meeting the needs of student clientele. Emphasis is on advising students in course work appropriate to their interests and academic progress. The core curriculum and course work in the Business Administration curriculum reflect the recommendations of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
The Criminal Justice Administration Program is designed to permit the pursuit of different professional career goals while integrating the general study of criminal justice and law with other relevant disciplines. A degree in criminal justice administration prepares students for entry-level employment in the field, for promotion and leadership roles and for graduate study.
The Bachelor of Arts in English provides a foundation for career preparation and graduate study. It emphasizes clear communication and critical thinking, skills fundamental to all areas of career and liberal arts studies, and offers, through literary study, a basis for growth in understanding the human condition. Society, the professions, college constituents and the individual student are well served, directly and indirectly, by the influences of an English major, which may also be effectively combined with other academic or career areas.
History majors acquire an education that promotes citizenship and personal enrichment while preparing them for a wide range of professional career goals. The History program helps to prepare majors for graduate or law school, teacher education, public service and private sector careers. Internship opportunities are available.
The field of Human Services is one of the most rapidly growing sectors within the United States' economy with many career options.
The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) defines Human Services as the profession of:
Meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.
The Bachelor of Arts in Political Science offers students the opportunity to examine government from theoretical and practical perspectives. As a discipline, Political Science is concerned with theoretical issues such as democracy, justice and equality, and also with such practical issues as the constitutional structure of governments and the relations between branches and levels of government. Political Science also cultivates an understanding of governmental systems in other areas of the world, the manner in which nations interact, and various modes of citizen participation. Students are exposed to these concepts in the classroom and by enrolling in governmentally related internships. Other learning experiences are also available, including participation in the Columbia College Mock Trial Team and Model United Nations Team. A degree in Political Science can lead to careers in government, international affairs, journalism, politics, public relations, graduate study in law, public administration, political science and other academic fields.
Psychology is the science that endeavors to achieve the goals of observation, description, understanding, prediction and control of behavior and psychological processes. Topical areas of inquiry include: human development, personality theory, neuroscience, learning, memory and cognition, emotion, sensation and perception, interpersonal relationships, personal adjustment, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy. Theoretical perspectives most emphasized over the course of studies include: Neuroscience, cognitive science, behavioral and social learning theories, humanist-existential, poststructural and psychodynamic theories.
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in public administration are interdisciplinary degrees, incorporating coursework in public administration, political science, management, psychology, and other academic fields. Available internships provide students a unique opportunity to explore possible career options and to attain 'hands on' experience to supplement their coursework. These degrees prepare students for positions in state and local or national government, health care administration, non-profit management and similar workplaces. Graduates may pursue careers in such areas as urban plannng, city management, hospital and clinic administration, fundraising or other positions for non-profit organizations, or international relief agencies.
Sociology is the study of society. It is a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies. It is the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. Sociology is the scientific study of how our lives are shaped by social institutions, such as family, schools, religious institutions, mass media, government, etc. It includes the analysis of social issues and problems such as poverty, crime, deviance, racism, sexism, homophobia, as well as the analysis of social change, e.g. through policy, social movements, cultural phenomena, technological innovations, or new ideas and values. A Bachelor's degree in Sociology prepares students to pursue graduate study in sociology and in other related areas such as business law, public policy, urban planning, and social work. It also develops valuable skills in data analysis, social trend research, program evaluation and organizational management that are highly marketable for entry positions and occupational advancement in business, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Sociology graduates enter a wide range of fields, from teaching to advocacy.
This degree is designed by the student and advisor and integrates coursework from across the curriculum. It is designed for the student who desires a liberal arts and sciences bachelor's degree from Columbia College but for whom there is not an appropriate major. Students can build the Bachelor of General Studies degree around minors.
The Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and computer information systems, management information systems as well as mathematics. The degrees provide a liberal arts education while emphasizing preparation for either graduate school or a rewarding career. Students are provided with a rigorous theoretical background coupled with practical and essential skills to begin either a rewarding career in the computer field or advanced studies in graduate school. The programs reflect important trends and developments in the computer field.
The Columbia College RN to BSN completion program is designed for the licensed professional registered nurse who has experiential knowledge and clinical competency.
Courses enhance complex clinical reasoning, decision-making and collaborative skills that contribute to patient safety and quality processes while providing a framework for evidence-based practice. This degree program prepares the RN to assume advanced roles in nursing management, client care and education, as well as to pursue higher degrees in nursing. A total of 120 credits are required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
The Master of Arts in Military Studies at Columbia College is a graduate degree program that provides a liberal arts education with a practical flair. It emphasizes the study of military affairs from the perspectives of traditional disciplines such as history, philosophy, and political science. It accentuates instruction on military leadership and biography, military organizations and civilian relations, peacekeeping, geopolitics, historiography, and applicable methodologies of the liberal arts. The Military Studies (MAMS) courses constitute a set of learning experiences that best suit the professional aspirations and academic interests of the individual. They are designed primarily to facilitate career advancement for personnel in the U.S. armed services. The learning process culminates with the completion of a thesis in an area of concentration approved in electronic consultation with a faculty board. The breadth in the disciplinary coverage ensures that prospective graduate students will study the broad scope of military affairs.
If you're seeking an advanced degree that focuses on the practices of teaching and learning and that can improve your standing as a professional educator, then Columbia College's online MAT is for you.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) offers a balance of theory and practice. The mission of the MBA program is to prepare working adults in the early stages of their careers in small or middlesized organizations with the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics that will enhance performance in their present occupation, and prepare them for advancement to upper-level management in the future.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership offers theoretical and practical knowledge of school leadership. The degree program includes a Principal Track and an Instructional Leader Track. Students residing in Missouri are eligible to pursue Initial Principal Certification with the Principal Track. The Principal Track of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership does not guarantee a student initial principal certification. Students who reside outside of Missouri and plan to enroll in the principal track are responsible for verifying that the program meets requirements for licensure as principal in their state.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJ) is designed primarily for practitioners in the field of criminal justice interested in developing and/or enhancing administrative skills. The program is also designed to meet the analytical and theoretical needs of students who will continue with doctoral or law studies. The degree emphasizes four foundational areas: trends in criminal justice, policy development and analysis, research design and ethics in criminal justice. Understanding derived from these courses provides graduate students a solid foundation for dealing with the many critical issues confronting the contemporary criminal justice administrator. Courses are structured in a hands-on format encouraging maximum student interaction while at the same time encouraging the development of useful action skills. Students majoring in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program desiring a greater focus in management skills may choose a management track in (1) Law Enforcement Administration (LEA) or a management track in (2) Corrections Administration (CA) as part of their degree completion plan. The management tracks will appear on the student's academic transcript and provide evidence that the student has satisfied academic requirements for departmentally recognized courses in the area. Both the Law Enforcement Administration and the Corrections Administration tracks consist of successful completion of three of the four designated graduate courses associated with that area (nine graduate semester hours total). To qualify for the awarding of the management tracks, each course comprising the specialty area must be completed with a minimum grade of B.
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