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Bachelor of Arts Community Studies

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A Personalized Experience

Imagine this; you are sitting in class at Cape Breton University, getting ready to tackle an assignment on youth crime. Months later you are working with the local police service assisting with a youth crime prevention project; or assisting in a classroom; or working with a social worker; or the top sports team in your community.

The School of Arts and Social Sciences is the home of the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program (BACS), a process-oriented, experiential degree program that focuses on problem-solving, self-directed learning, critical thinking, reflective learning, group work, action research and preparing students for the job markets.

BACS Brochure ButtonConnecting with Communities

The Department of Community Studies provides the core Community Studies courses for the BACS degree. These process-education courses are delivered in small group format and emphasize problem-solving skills, critical analysis and community-based research and intervention.

What to Expect?

Lots. Experience excellence in programming and vital support with a Personal Program Advisor who will work with you to determine your best graduation and career paths.

You can also expect to:

  • Complete courses on campus or on-line via Online Education, part-time or full-time.
  • experience a group environment
  • participate in mentoring and small classes, two traits Cape Breton University is noted for by students and alumni
  • study with award winning faculty
  • develop theoretical and applied skills relevant to your chosen profession
  • enjoy experiential and reflective learning, and
  • Engage in community based research and intervention.

If you have previous post-secondary education or work experience, you may be eligible to receive course credit. We also have transfer agreements with many community colleges.

Chair's Message:
Welcome To Community Studies
On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Community Studies I want to thank you for your interest in our program, the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies. The BACS Program has a unique position in the history of Cape Breton University in that it was the first degree to be offered at our campus. Since the first graduate walked across the stage our students have gone on to careers and leadership roles across Canada and beyond.

In assessing the goodness of fit between the BACS program and your education interests I ask you to consider the following questions. Are skills like problem solving, critical thinking and self direction important to you? Do you like “hands on” learning while working with a small group of your peers? Do you want an academic program that connects your education and your career aspirations?

If these features suit your learning style, I encourage you to learn more about the BACS program by exploring this website. If you still have questions, please contact me directly using the email address provided below.

Jane Connell,
Chair, Community Studies Department


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