Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
Application Deadlines
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General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.
  • English 12 (academic or advanced)
  • 4 additional grade 12 academic or advanced level courses

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Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:
Spring 2024
April 15, 2024
Fall 2024
August 15, 2024
Winter 2025
December 15, 2024
Fall 2024
April 15, 2024
Winter 2025
August 15, 2024
Spring 2025
January 15, 2025
Fall 2025
April 15, 2025
In order to register for courses, you must accept your offer and confirm your seat at CBU. For detailed steps on how to do this, please reference your acceptance letter in your future Student Account

Study Diverse Perspectives, Ideas And Traditions

Plot a course from here that can take you anywhere you want to go. With a BA from CBU, you’ll have an exciting, contemporary and challenging opportunity to learn about the world around you. By gaining the knowledge, leadership skills and critical thinking required to succeed in the real world, students adapt a cross-cultural perspective that’s truly unique to Cape Breton University.

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Here, we help you find the right skills to provide the solutions every industry needs. That’s why our graduates are so sought after by prospective employers. At CBU, you gain important, transferable skills in a distinct, natural environment that inspires your learning and stimulates your senses. Take the time you need to clear your head along our rugged coastlines and focus on your personal growth.

Our BA program encompasses the study of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Students come to CBU to explore human inquiry and activity from a wide variety of vantage points and specializations. By being engaged both locally and globally, a solid foundation is set to build a lasting, successful career.

What is the tuition for this program?

These numbers are an estimate for planning purposes only. These numbers do not include lab or accommodation fees.

Areas of Study and Sample Courses

Why study at CBU?

At CBU, it’s as rewarding to study here as it is to live here. That’s why we provide opportunities for specific place-based learning experiences on Cape Breton Island. We also offer distinct programs that connect to the island’s heritage and culture, including courses in traditional music and folklore.

Inside and outside our modern facilities, our faculty offer a friendly, approachable teaching style that goes a long way in providing you with an edge in the real world. Our collaborative teaching philosophy means many faculty contribute to different disciplines and programs. This interdisciplinary approach provides students with various perspectives to learn from in a personalized learning environment.

Another distinct aspect of the BA at Cape Breton University is the focus on local culture on the island, with a special emphasis on Mi’kmaq/L’nu language, culture, history and law.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-solving and leadership skills
  • Knowledge of cross-cultural perspectives
  • Aesthetic appreciation

Possible Career Paths

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Teachers/professors (CBU BA graduates have been accepted to graduate programs in CAN, US and UK)
  • Lawyers
  • Human resources and public administration
  • Public relations

Faculty & Staff

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