Canadian Mennonite University

Introduction

The Story of CMU

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Canadian Mennonite University is the result of the amalgamation of three colleges: Mennonite Brethren Bible College/Concord College (est. 1944); Canadian Mennonite Bible College (est. 1947); and Menno Simons College (est. 1989).

The origins of CMU go back to the early 1990s when people from the business community and from four Mennonite colleges in Manitoba—CMBC, Concord College, Steinbach Bible College and Menno Simons College—met to talk about inter-Mennonite co-operation in higher education. This led to formal discussions among the colleges, beginning in 1995. Steinbach Bible College withdrew from the process in 1996.

In August, 1998, the government of Manitoba proclaimed the charter for the creation of a university-level, degree-granting federation of Mennonite colleges. On November 18, 1998, the three colleges signed a Memorandum of Agreement, signifying final approval for the creation of the federation. On May 4th, 1999, the agreement to purchase 500 Shaftesbury was concluded. The Mennonite College Federation began offering its new, jointly sponsored academic programs in September, 1999. By September, 2000, CMBC and Concord College located together on a common campus at 500/600 Shaftesbury Boulevard. (Menno Simons College remained in downtown Winnipeg as CMU’s campus at the University of Winnipeg.) In October, 2008, CMU became a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now known as Universities Canada).

Each of the founding colleges has its own story. Yet, from the beginning, the individual stories have often intersected and are now part of a common story—a story of how God has led them to work together on a common educational mission called CMU.

Mission Statement

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CMU is an innovative Christian university, rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition, moved and transformed by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Through teaching, research and service CMU inspires and equips women and men for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.

CMU's mission statement, like that of any organization, is like a densely packed coil with the potential and the obligation to spring to life in a vibrant array of programs and projects, conversations and commitments. CMU's mission statement is upfront and out there in its particularity. Faithfulness to the story of God's creating and transforming work through Jesus Christ is the heartbeat, the mindfulness and the motivating impulse for the service, leadership and reconciliation through which CMU participates in church and society.

At CMU, reconciliation is academic work with all sorts of social, personal, theological, interpersonal, artistic, physical, and environmental dimensions—to name a few. Reconciliation, like education, is always about "building understandings." And "building understandings" is always about engaging in both knowledge and relationships, ways of seeing, engaging and sharing in a world that is wondrous, that is troubled, and that ever needs our best care and imagination.

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The phrase, "rooted in the Anabaptist Mennonite tradition" is perhaps best approached through the testimony of CMU students. What catches on in their minds and theirs hearts at once is the coherence and consistency between what the professors teach in class and how these "teachers of life" go about everyday living. Strong convictions towards reconciliation and integrity in life and faith were at the forefront of the emergence of Anabaptists in the sixteenth century. The integration of action and confession continue to be vital today, as do practices of community discernment in apprehending what is true. These convictions propose a bold vulnerability and a dynamic freedom, and these form deeply and only through relationships of trust. It is within relationships of trust and community discernment that CMU understands itself to be a church-related university, providing a forum for ongoing dialogue regarding how together we are called to speak grace and enact reconciliation in church, in society and in the world as we know it.

From the flow of this mission, CMU has established four commitments that characterize its work across all of its programs and activities:

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Educating for Peace and Justice

A commitment to educating for peace and justice colours all of our programs and our institutional life as a whole and is explicitly represented in some signature programs and in the work of several of our institutes (e.g., Canadian School of Peacebuilding).

Learning through Thinking and Doing

Academic analysis is complemented by experiential learning in a manner that shapes both thinking and living, particularly through our practica, Outtatown, co-op, and internship programs.

Generous Hospitality... Radical Dialogue

CMU welcomes all as it fosters dialogue across religious, economic, social, political, ethnic, national, and cultural chasms that divide humanity, within North America and internationally.

Modelling Invitational Community

CMU tempers the individualism of our time by modelling and nurturing invitational communities, which are diverse yet learn together, in which people support each other, and which foster compassion and represent hope to those in them and beyond.

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Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Canada Winnipeg

Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS) invites students to disciplined, thoughtful reflection on the Bible, on the theological traditions and history of the church, and on the experiences and practices of Christian communities around the world. Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in BTS provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and significant depth in Biblical and Theological Studies. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment or vocation with valuable skills—communication, writing, analytical, critical thinking, and organizing. A three- or a four-year B.A. in BTS also serves as a sound basis for launching into professional studies such as social work, law, and so on. [+]

Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS) invites students to disciplined, thoughtful reflection on the Bible, on the theological traditions and history of the church, and on the experiences and practices of Christian communities around the world. Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in BTS provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and significant depth in Biblical and Theological Studies. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment or vocation with valuable skills—communication, writing, analytical, critical thinking, and organizing. A three- or a four-year B.A. in BTS also serves as a sound basis for launching into professional studies such as social work, law, and so on. Tuition & fees CAD 13000 / year CAD 15000 / year (International students) [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Campus Full time 120 hours September 2017 Canada Winnipeg

The Redekop School of Business is developing the potential of future business leaders to bring together sound business practice with commitments of faith, generosity, and service. [+]

The Redekop School of Business is developing the potential of future business leaders to bring together sound business practice with commitments of faith, generosity, and service. Gain Perspective In and beyond the classroom, students explore the complexity of making wise business and ethical decisions. Teaching and mentoring by professors, business owners, and not-for profit leaders, together with an entrepreneur-in-residence program, practicum placements, an on-campus business club, international study options, and the possibility of co-op experiences, build an enriched learning foundation. Students are prepared for careers in a global business environment as they learn within an inter-disciplinary business program. They have the opportunity to participate in various international travel study courses that range from microfinance and development in Latin America to business in the European Union. Students will also benefit from an extensive network of international organizations that CMU partners with around the globe to create internships or career opportunities. Students in this professional program complete a minimum of 120 credit hours in course work, at least 90 of which relate directly to Business and Organizational Administration. Student may study for a specialization in Business Management, Accounting, Not for Profit, or Human Resources, with an additional area program in International Business. This program also offers students a distinctive benefit in that it includes a practicum component, wherein students will have the opportunity to get on-the-ground experience in their specialized field of interest. Students in the Redekop School of Business benefit from a program designed for optimal experience along with the academics. Getting involved means that a student will have access to volunteer opportunities, networking experience, workshops for skill development, and one on one mentoring/coaching to enhance their program pathway. Some students decide that opting in to the co-op program is one way of getting the entry level experience needed to propel them forward at the time of graduation, and allow them to earn the funds needed to pay for academic studies while they are studying rather than accumulating debt. Tuition & fees CAD 13000 / year CAD 15000 / year (International students) [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Media

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Canada Winnipeg

How can humans use symbols, images, and sounds to create meaning that can be shared between groups and individuals? At what point do persuasive publications become propaganda? How are new social media impacting family dynamics in North America? Why will people share their private lives with strangers, on the condition that the stranger holds a microphone? [+]

How can humans use symbols, images, and sounds to create meaning that can be shared between groups and individuals? At what point do persuasive publications become propaganda? How are new social media impacting family dynamics in North America? Why will people share their private lives with strangers, on the condition that the stranger holds a microphone? In Communications and Media studies, students will be given a background in communications theory, as well as the practical skills they need to be effective in the workplace. Throughout this process, students will be encouraged to confront the field's big questions about meaning, spreading information and ideas, the power of voice, and interactions between faith and professional practice. Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in Communications and Media provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and include significant depth in Communications/Media. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment with valuable skills—oral communication, writing, technical abilities, organizational skills, and analytical thinking. The three-year program is designed for students who wish to have a strong interdisciplinary basis for further technical training. A three- or a four-year B.A. in Communications and Media also serves as a sound basis for launching into professional careers in organizations that work in creative communications, community development, non-governmental agencies, religious/denominational organizations, social service agencies, and so on. Tuition & fees CAD 13000 / year CAD 15000 / year (International students) [-]

Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies (IDS)

Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Canada Winnipeg

International development studies (IDS) is the study of poverty, inequality and how to create change and make the world a better place to live. Students explore the ethics around what it actually means to provide help to someone living in poverty, as well as best practices in poverty reduction and making a long-term difference in people's lives. [+]

International development studies (IDS) is the study of poverty, inequality and how to create change and make the world a better place to live. Students explore the ethics around what it actually means to provide help to someone living in poverty, as well as best practices in poverty reduction and making a long-term difference in people's lives. Food justice, disaster response, Canadian aid policy, environmental sustainability, armed conflict, disease, and education are examples of topics that IDS touches on. Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in International Development Studies provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and include significant depth in IDS. This major is designed for students interested in global justice, citizenship, and sustainable development. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment or vocation with valuable skills, communication, writing, analytical, critical thinking, and organizing. A three- or a four-year B.A. in IDS also serves as a sound basis for launching into professional studies such as community development, public policy, social work, law, and so on. Tuition & fees CAD 13000 / year CAD 15000 / year (International students) [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Campus Full time 8 - 24 months September 2017 Canada Winnipeg

Can you imagine how music might offer a vision of beauty in a broken world, help us hear the voices of those different from ourselves, transform us, and be seen as a gift of God? Music studies balance rigorous discipline alongside creative imagination, and the urge for artistic excellence and passion alongside compassion and sensitivity to human need. Concentrations include performance, music education, musicology, music ministry, and comprehensive studies. [+]

Can you imagine how music might offer a vision of beauty in a broken world, help us hear the voices of those different from ourselves, transform us, and be seen as a gift of God? Music studies balance rigorous discipline alongside creative imagination, and the urge for artistic excellence and passion alongside compassion and sensitivity to human need. Concentrations include performance, music education, musicology, music ministry, and comprehensive studies. The Bachelor of Music is a professional program offering the following concentrations: music education, music ministry, musicology, performance, and comprehensive. Students are able to complete one or more concentrations for their degrees. Graduates from these concentrations frequently pursue graduate studies before embarking on a professional career in music. While these concentrations are identified as career track, these degrees are also valuable as general arts degrees. B.Mus. graduates often are acknowledged as well-disciplined, well-educated, and imaginative people, with the competence to serve society well in a wide variety of areas. Music Education Concentration - This concentration is designed for students who are interested in teaching music in the school setting. Students can focus on Early/Middle Years, Senior Years Choral, or Senior Years Instrumental. The B. Mus. in music education concentration requires a further two-year Certification program before the graduate is able to teach in the public school system (Manitoba universities offer only two-year after-degree education certification programs. Other provinces differ, with some offering 8- and 12-month programs). Music Ministry Concentration - This concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue music ministry in congregational settings, combining two of CMU's strongest programs: music and theological studies. The program allows students to develop competencies in their instrument of choice, including the voice, and provides the student with sufficient flexibility to pursue other areas of interest in music ministry, including choral and instrumental conducting, arranging, and composition, as well as further theological studies. Musicology Concentration - This concentration is designed for students wishing to focus their studies on music history and theory at an undergraduate level, particularly with the goal of continuing in graduate studies. Musicology is understood as an overarching discipline, incorporating music history, theory, aesthetics, and philosophy, as well as ethnomusicology. As an undergraduate program, this concentration introduces students to these disciplines, while at the same time allowing the student to begin serious work in a chosen direction in this discipline through reading courses and a thesis course. Performance Concentration - The performance concentration allows students to focus on developing their gifts and abilities in both solo and collaborative performance. This concentration includes the requirement of two recitals within the last two years of the program. It also allows students to develop other competencies which are unique to their chosen areas of performance. Students not infrequently combine this concentration with a second concentration. Comprehensive Concentration - This concentration allows for a great deal of flexibility within the Bachelor of Music degree program. It is particularly suitable for those planning for careers or further studies in music administration, music production, composition, or performance in folk, jazz, or pop styles. It is also a degree program which allows a student to customize an individualized program of studies not offered in existing concentrations. Tuition & fees CAD 13000 / year CAD 15000 / year (International students) [-]

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