California International University’s (CIU) mission is to provide a Biblically-based program of instruction in the science of international business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. CIU is committed to creating future business professionals that are equipped with ideals deeply based on Christian beliefs. Thus, CIU upholds the following statements of faith to support the mission:
California International University (CIU) is dedicated to educating undergraduate and graduate students in international business with Christian ethics and ideals. We look to the scriptures to guide the curriculum and the teachings at CIU as we prepare future leaders in international business. The Bible provides ample guidance concerning Christian values and ethics as it applies to the business setting, thus CIU holds to the following ideals:
We strive to perform the labors of life with the purpose of following God’s plan. The work of a business professional should not be about money, success, or power. Our work should be about serving the Lord. In keeping with Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established,” for only the Lord can establish the plans, aims, and goals that motivate work. If we commit our work to the Lord, our plans will be established. The Lord alone can bless our work to be steadfast, secure, and successful.
We recognize that God created humankind to be diverse. God delights in his creations; therefore, human differences such as race, temperament, and culture are to be celebrated, respected, and incorporated in our goal of being “one” in Christ. Revelation tells us that the final gathering of God’s people will be those from “every nation, tribe, and tongue” (Revelation 5:9). Christians should define themselves as God’s people, and we must be willing to set our differences aside in favor of unity in spirit. Regardless of racial, cultural, or gender differences. God’s people are unified around the centrality of God’s word.
In educating future business professions, CIU integrated integrity into every aspect of the curriculum. The quality of being honest, having moral principles, and espousing moral uprightness is a priority at CIU. Not only is integrity one of the fundamental values that employers seek in the employees they hire, scripture indicates “whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out” (Proverbs 10:9).
The spirit of giving is regarded as a priority at CIU. We believe that business professionals should be glad to give money, time, food, or kindness to people in need. Generosity is more than the giving of monies of possessions; generosity includes being forgiving and gentle to others. We are guided by the scriptures that affirms, “when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 23:22).
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). CIU endeavors to instill business professionals with a concern for justice, peace, and a genuine respect for others. We expect CIU graduates to practice justice by treating others fairly regardless of race, position, rank, class, or other classifications.
CIU incorporates the value of working energetically, diligently, and devotedly not only in the business world but also in the spiritual arena. Industrious traits are essential for success in the corporate world. These traits include efficiency, perseverance, and a strong work ethic. Scripture specifies early on that God intends for humankind to work. One of the first Bible verses involving work comes when God specifies that Adam is the care for the Garden of Eden. “The Lord took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). This indicates that humankind is intended and built to work, and it should be an encouragement.