The nature, philosophy and methodology of the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies degree (BACS) are outlined below. The BACS degree includes the core Community Studies (COMS) courses.

Here are some of the fundamental beliefs of CBU’s educational philosophy for the BACS program.

BACS is premised on life experiences and self motivation for students as learners.
BACS acknowledges the importance of content-based as well as process-based courses.
BACS stresses the importance of relating theory and practice.
BACS promotes participatory education.
BACS is career-oriented.
BACS encourages students to develop the skills of inquiry.
BACS emphasizes self-directed learning.
BACS professors act primarily as facilitators.
BACS promotes self assessment.
BACS maintains a problem-based approach to learning.
BACS is student-centered

For detailed information, see the Academic Calendar (pdf)

Community Studies core courses

The process-based learning approach of the core Community Studies (COMS) courses are part of what makes BACS a distinctive degree.

All BACS degrees require the Community Studies core.

  • Community Studies 1100: Introduction to Community Studies
  • Community Studies 2103: Experiential Introduction to Research Methods
  • Community Studies 2105: Experiential Approach to Community-based Research
  • Community Studies 2101: Work Experience Placement I
  • Community Studies 3100: Community Action Project
  • Community Studies 3101: Work Experience Placement II
  • Community Studies 4100: Senior Seminar (4-year BACS programs only)

The 2015-2016 COMS course handbook can be found here.

Group Dynamics in Community Studies

Group dynamics is fascinating to study and experience! Take a few minutes to read how truly important group dynamics will be to you as a student in Community Studies courses.

Opportunity for Advanced Standing

If you have previous University course credits they can be assessed for transfer into the BACS program. There are also special transfer credit opportunities for students who wish to enter the BACS program after successfully completing one and two year diploma programs. CBU has agreements with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), College of the North Atlantic, and the Atlantic Police Academy (APA). Other college diploma programs can be assessed for transfer credit. For more information see CBU Admissions’ transfer agreements page.

Prior Learning Assessments are available. Non-traditional students can submit a portfolio of their life, volunteer and work experiences for assessment. CBU recognizes the value of both formal and informal learning and may grant academic credit for skills and knowledge gained through life experience and volunteer activities. For more information see Advanced Standing.

BACS Online and On-Campus

The Community Studies courses that form the core of all  BACS degrees are available online and on-campus. In addition, other academic subjects may have course available through online delivery such as Communication, Political Science, Sociology, and Psychology. See the Online Education section of the CBU website for further details.

Full or Part-time Study

Students can complete course work through either full-time or part-time studies – the choice is yours. Given that course offerings begin in September, January and May, you can study according to the schedule that works best for you.

Pat Maher
Associate Professor, Community Studies & Chair, Department of Community Studies

Office: B-268-D

Phone: 902.563.1230

Jane Connell
Assistant Professor, Community Studies & Dept. Chair of Community Studies

Office: B-268-A

Phone: 902.563.1222

Bettina Callary
Assistant Professor, Community Studies and Sport & Human Kinetics

Office: B-268-C

Phone: 902.563.1452

John Hudec
Assistant Professor, Community Studies and Sport & Human Kinetics

Office: B-268-E

Phone: 902.563.1982

Sue MacKenzie
Part-time Instructor, Community Studies

Phone: 902-371-3473

Emily Root
Assistant Professor, Community Studies

Office: B-268-B

Phone: 902-563-1889

Pam Seville
Part-time Instructor, Community Studies