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A BACS degree is flexible with many options, including:

The 3-year BACS degree (90 credit) allows students to choose from an extensive selection of disciplines. This degree provides you with the flexibility to personalize your program according to your career interests. In addition to the Core Community Studies courses, students choose an Academic Field in one discipline plus Career related courses in 2-3 others and electives.

A 4-year BACS degree (120 credit) is designed to expand student options for those who plan to continue studies at master level graduate programs or professional schools, or who wish to increase their knowledge in a particular discipline before starting a career. Students complete the core Community Studies courses and electives.

The 4-year Major program options are:

  • BACS Major/Minor Degree
  • BACS Double Major Degree
  • BACS Area Major Degree
  • BACS Honours Degree

Please refer to the Academic Calendar under Bachelor of Arts Community Studies under School of Arts and Social Sciences for specific program requirements and program options.

Other Options

BACS & Business: Bachelor of Arts Community Studies (BACS)/Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). Students can study business in the BACS program in two ways:

  • focus on business in your Academic Field within the 3-year BACS degree
  • complete both the BACS (90 credit) degree and the BBA degree in 4 years. Specific BBA core courses are required.

BACS & Policing: Many BACS graduates have gained employment in police work,

corrections and the law. BACS provides a comprehensive and flexible platform to prepare you for a police training program. Beginning with the Community Studies courses that form the core of the program, you will build skills in problem solving, group dynamics, communication, critical thinking, research and writing. These courses are further enhanced by work experience placements that will give you practical experience. In addition to these courses is a police preparatory course.

The Police Preparatory Course prepares students for a career as a police officer. Instructors include Cape Breton Regional Police Service Officers and CBU faculty and staff. Past students have successfully completed the police training program at the Atlantic Police Academy (APA) in Prince Edward Island and the RCMP Training Centre in Saskatchewan. CBU has a memorandum of understanding with the Atlantic Police Academy (APA) for credits in the BACS degree. The APA guarantees 15 seats for those Police Prep Course students who meet their entrance requirements.

Talk to your Enrolment Services Professional to structure your BACS degree for the career you want.

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