Columbia Minor Programs

Program Minors

What is the value of a minor?

Expand your knowledge & focus your skills.

Imagine being a pastor who can read a balance sheet. A youth worker with the outdoor skills to guide teens on a three-day hike. A counsellor with an understanding of other cultures.

Enrolling in a Minor at Columbia gives you broader knowledge, a more versatile skill-set, and it expands your possibilities. Here's a list of possible advantages you'll experience if you graduate with a BA plus a Minor:

  • A minor gives you the chance to explore an area you're passionate about.
  • You'll be eligible to take more 200, 300, and 400-level courses - which delve into subjects more deeply.
  • A minor can equip you with valuable skills that will help you in your chosen vocation and give you an edge when you're applying for positions.
  • A minor can give you great stories to tell in a job interview, especially if your minor shows that you have broad interests and experience.

Which Minor Will You Choose?

 

Minor in Biblical Studies

 Minor in Biblical Studies

Take the opportunity to grow in your understanding of the Greatest Book that will ever be published.

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Minor in Bible Teaching

 Minor in Bible Teaching

If you are a Biblical Studies major, you are eligible to apply for this minor, which trains you in biblical languages and practical teaching skills.

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Minor in Caregiving

 Minor in Counselling & Human Services

Learn about the human psyche and gain tools for coming alongside those who need help. (Please note this minor is not open to Biblical Studies majors.)

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Minor in Church Ministry

 Minor in Church Ministry

Develop your understanding of the vital purposes of the church: pastoral ministry & counselling, evangelism, teaching, worship.

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Minor - Educational Assistant Certificate

 Minor - Educational Assistant Certificate

Earn Columbia's 13-credit Educational Assistant certificate and be equipped to help students with special needs learn and grow.

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Minor in Intercultural Studies

 Minor in Intercultural Studies

Investigate how different cultures think, act, and communicate, and consider ways to bring the gospel to life with love and respect.

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Minor in Leadership

 Minor in Applied Leadership

Discover critical lessons in how to lead people (including yourself) and develop habits that will keep you renewed and thriving in leadership roles.

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Minor in Ministry to Children

 Minor in Ministry to Children

Be equipped with skills for connecting with and discipling younger humans. (This minor is offered in partnership with TWU. Some classes will be live-streamed and/or online.)

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Minor in Outdoor Recreational Leadership

 Minor in Outdoor Recreational Leadership

In this set of hands-on classes, you'll learn vital skills for leading people on outdoor adventures, dealing with the unexpected, and bringing everyone home safely.

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Minor in Practical Ministry

 Minor in Practical Ministry

Be equipped to serve skillfully with community initiatives, social justice projects, and practical ministry programs.

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Minor in Social Enterprise & Business

 Minor in Social Entrepreneurship

Be equipped with valuable tools that will be useful in any vocation: business, marketing, accounting, economics, and how to launch and manage non-profit organizations.

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Minor in Worship Arts

 Minor in Worship Arts

Explore the arts and learn to lead in worship by examining Scripture, developing skills, and wrestling with what it means to live a life of worship.

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Minor in Youth Work

 Minor in Youth Work

Learn how you can connect with young people and have a lasting impact in their lives.

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FAQs about Minors at Columbia

Who can take a minor?

Program minors are open to BA students.

Are all BA students required to have a minor?

Biblical Studies majors are required to take a minor to round out their knowledge and skills. For all other BA students, minors are optional.

Which minors are open to me?

Almost every minor is open to you. To enrol in the Bible Teaching minor, you must be a Biblical Studies major and request permission from the Biblical Studies Program Director. For the Outdoor Recreational Leadership minor and the Educational Assistant certificate, you'll need to go through a short application process to make sure you qualify.

Does enrolling in a minor extend the time and credits required to finish my degree?

Most BA programs have room to add a minor without adding extra time or credits to your degree. If you enrol in a BA program that has a 10-month internship (ie Intercultural Studies or Youth Work - 10-month Internship option) completing a minor will add one to two courses to your degree.

How and when do I enrol in a minor?

There is no need to hurry. Most students choose a minor at the end of their first year of study. If you already have a clear idea of your interests, you can declare your minor earlier than that as well. And if you change your mind, it is not difficult to withdraw from or switch minors.

Current students should enrol in a minor through the Academics office. You can mention your interest in a minor at your next registration session. 

New students should talk to their Admissions Advisor about choosing a minor.