Bachelor of Arts Community Studies

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
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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:
Fall 2024
August 15, 2024
Winter 2025
December 15, 2024
Fall 2024
April 15, 2024
Winter 2025
September 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

Turn Ideas Into Action

Students from around the globe come to CBU to partake in a participatory and experiential curriculum. This pursuit enables students to truly engage with their communities and familiarize themselves with a diverse and changing workplace.

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The BACS degree is highly flexible, with a wide range of opportunities for academic specialization, applied learning, as well as highly specific focused degrees in various areas of study. The BACS degree allows students to work within their communities to identify and address existing issues. BACS students are empowered to solve problems through research, and lead interdisciplinary teams to create an impact in the real world. The BACS degree encourages students to design and build community-based projects with these teams, teaching critical networking and communication skills along the way. BACS students prepare for their future careers by learning how to effectively create community partnerships to drive change.

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

The core community studies courses are focused on problem-solving, critical thinking, community-based research and work placements.

Why study at CBU?

What makes the decision to study at CBU the right decision to make? The unique academic programs. The undergraduate research opportunities. The people. The location. It all comes together to create the perfect environment for learning and living. And as #8 on the top islands to visit in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine, CBU prides itself on our beautiful landscapes, tradition of excellence and innovative culture of collaboration.

Our BACS degree offers a unique experiential education with volunteer or work placements built into the core of the program. Rather than focusing on traditional measurements of academic success like lectures and exams, the BACs degree is led by a unique teaching approach that builds research and academic skills by applying them to community development. We strive to ensure students have real work experience before graduation to apply Community Studies skills while gaining employment experience. Additionally, students engage with their communities in projects that help foster both community awareness and establish a true sense of teamwork.

CBU also provides an easy destination for transfer students as CBU has articulation agreements with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and a number of other Canadian colleges. In some areas of study, it is possible to complete a three-year BACS degree entirely online.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Reflective learning
  • Workplace experience
  • Community involvement

Possible Career Paths

  • Social Work & Counselling
  • Education
  • Recreation & Sports Management
  • Health
    • Medicine
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
  • Public Administration
  • Community Organizations
  • Creative Arts & Art Management
  • Law Enforcement

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