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Name Change: the BA in Practical Theology

Our degree names are changing.


Columbia's leadership team has made the decision to modify the name of our four-year degrees from "Bachelor of Arts" to "Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology." This means that a student graduating from Columbia's Youth Work degree, for example, will earn a "Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology, Major in Youth Work." ["Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology (Youth Work)" is also an acceptable way to communicate the new degree name.]

This change will begin to take effect in July 2018, and will be implemented gradually, over the next two years. We prepared an FAQ (below) that explains the decision and provides specifics. If you have further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our Academics office.


PRACTICAL: [prac-ti-cal] manifested in practice or action | actively engaged in some course of action or occupation | active, applied, experiential, useful


Why Practical Theology?

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All of Life.

There's no such thing as a part-time Christian. Our theology (what we believe to be true about God) only matters when it permeates every part of who we are: our priorities, our lifestyle, our relationships, our identity, and our vocation. This is why Columbia takes such a balanced approach to education. We see your time here as a chance to engage in study, reflection, transformation, and skill-building training. "Practical theology" captures that balance well.




Faith in Conversation.

"Practical theology" is a conversation. How does our Christian faith connect with other areas of study and practice? How can we integrate biblical principles with marketing, or leadership, or psychology, or cross-cultural communication, or emergency medical care? Our vision is to see you and your fellow students graduate with the ability to integrate your faith with the world around you.



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Prepared for Action.

What's your calling? Columbia's programs are designed to equip you to make a positive impact. God's mission is deep and wide — to redeem, reconcile, and restore wholeness to our world — and our vision is to help launch our degree grads into vocations where you can serve that mission with passion and skill. Whether you lead a church, found a non-profit organization, minister to refugees, or pursue a Masters in Counselling Psychology, you'll be prepared to engage in practical, Christ-centered, kingdom-focused work. That accomplishment will now be reflected on your degree as you graduate with a BA in Practical Theology.



FAQ about the BA Name Change


What led to this name change?

Late in 2017, BC's Ministry of Advanced Education approached Columbia's leadership team, asking the College to make sure that the theological focus of our degrees is clear from their degree names. In conversation with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Columbia proposed the new degree name and a plan to implement the name change. (You can read Columbia's complete announcement here .)


Why "Practical Theology?"

We chose to add the phrase 'practical theology' because it's really a perfect fit for what Columbia Bible College is all about. (See above).


Is Columbia still offering Bachelor of Arts degrees?

Yes. The new name is simply clarifying what kind of BA we are offering.


Is the content of the degree programs changing?

No. Our degree programs will remain the same as before. The new names simply provide more clarity about their focus. The quality and breadth of our curriculum, which incorporates biblical & theological studies, general studies courses, and applied professional courses, will be unchanged. Our requirements for instructors will also be the same.


Does the name change apply to all degree programs?

Almost. The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies will remain as is. All other degree programs will shift to the BA in Practical Theology, Major in ______.


When does the name change take effect?

  • The name change will take effect as of July 1, 2018.
  • After June 30, 2018, any new or current certificate, diploma and degree students who either enroll in a degree program or change degree programs will receive the new nomenclature.


What does this mean for current BA students?

  • Class of 2018: BA students graduating in April 2018 will be unaffected.
  • Class of 2019: BA students graduating in April 2019 may choose between either degree name.
  • Any degree students who switch majors after June 30, 2018 will receive the new nomenclature.
  • Questions about your specific situation? Feel free to contact Academic Dean, Gil Dueck.


What does this mean for transferability?

We expect no changes on this front. Each of our transfer agreements is based on course content rather than program name.


I'm considering graduate school. Will this have any impact?

Again, we expect no changes. Entry to graduate programs is typically determined through overall academic perfomance within an accredited four-year degree and through individual prerequisite courses.




Dr. Gil Dueck, Academic Dean

Phone: 604.853.3358 ext 349

Email Gil Dueck