Study Arts & Community Studies on Canada’s #1 Island

Unique to Cape Breton University, the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program is a highly flexible, process-oriented, experiential program that will prepare you for today’s job market. With community at its core, the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program is focused on problem-solving, critical thinking and community-based research. The career possibilities are endless, including social work, counseling, law enforcement and more.

Program Start Dates:
September, January & May
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Estimated Tuition & Fees:
$8,500 (Nova Scotian Resident)
$9,800 (Canadian Resident)
$19,600 (International)
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Program Overview

Upon completing this program, you’ll walk away with:

  1. Universal Skills. With courses in public speaking, communication, and writing, you’ll earn noteworthy skills that position you for successful entry into the job market.
  2. Career Opportunities. Understand the day-to-day functions and roles that operate within a multitude of environments and industries.
  3. Co-op Experience. Take the hands-on approach and apply your knowledge to real workplace experiences in the community.

Course Details

Connect to the essence of community.

COMS-1100 Introduction to Community Studies

Within the context of a small group, students are encouraged to develop and employ a variety of skills including problem solving, critical analysis, research and writing. Both individual and group projects are required. Student groups will meet during scheduled class times. This applies to all delivery methods: online, on campus and in community. Core course in the BACS degree program and an elective in other programs.

COMS-2100 Applied Research

Special arrangements will be made for students who have completed COMS2103 but not COMS2105. Students engage in group projects which apply the problem-solving skills of the first year and develop additional abilities and techniques of primary research, analysis, and evaluation. Student groups will meet during scheduled class times. This applies to all delivery methods: online, on campus and in community.

COMS-3100 Community Action Project

Students work together in small groups to investigate an issue and then design, implement and evaluate an appropriate community action project. Student groups will meet during scheduled class times. This applies to all delivery methods: online, on campus and in community.

Hear From One of Our Students

Who You’ll Learn From

The Bachelor of Arts Community Studies program is guided by Cape Breton University’s School of Arts & Social Sciences faculty, as well as industry experts who share a wealth of work experience, in-depth knowledge and career insights.

Teena Campbell, Lecturer

Teena Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science, Physical Education from St. Francis Xavier University 1993, along with a Master of Education with a specialization in Sport Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2003. Currently Teena is a Lecturer at CBU in the area of Experiential Studies in Community and Sport. Teena has taught the following classes during her time at CBU; FRNC 1102, Experiential Studies in Community and Sporties in Community and Sport 1104, 2108, COMS 2105.

Bettina Callery, Canada Research Chair in Sport Coaching and Adult Learning, Associate Professor

Dr. Bettina Callary teaches in the Sport and Physical Activity Leadership program, focusing on coaching and sport psychology. Her research expertise is in the development of coach learning and coaching effectiveness, especially regarding marginalized or understudied populations, such as older adult (Masters) sport and women in coaching. She is the Editor-in Chief of the International Sport Coaching Journal, and a trained Coach Developer through the International Council for Coaching Excellence, as well as the National Coaching Certification Program and Alpine Canada.

Jane Connell, Assistant Professor, Community Studies

Dr. Jane Connell is an Assistant Professor in the department of Community Studies focusing in Experiential Studies in Community and Sport. Dr. Connell holds a BACS degree from CBU, an M.Ed in Adult Education from St.FX, and her PhD from the University of South Australia. She is current the Chair of the Community Studies Department here at CBU.

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Like many institutions, CBU recognizes education completed at other post-secondary institutions. Students who have been successfully admitted to CBU and who already have some education behind them can apply for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is awarded for any course a student has successfully taken that is a good match with a course offered by CBU. Students can then use these credits to fulfill up to 50% of the requirements for their CBU degree. Learn more at

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