March 2, 2011: Capilano University to offer new bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies

      Contact: Aurelea Mahood at 604.986.1911 ext. 2062

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) — Students wanting to prepare themselves for an ever-changing work environment with higher wage earning potential will have a greater educational choice when Capilano University begins offering in September a new bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies (LSBA).

      The new outcomes-based degree is designed to give graduates a general liberal arts education incorporating a variety of courses in the humanities, social sciences and pure and applied sciences. During all four years, knowledge, skills and attitudes will be fostered through small class sizes of no more than 35 students. In the third and fourth year, a unique tutorial system will further enrich the students’ learning experience.

      “Students will take a variety of courses across a number of disciplines, as well as tutorials with a maximum of three students to one instructor, sometimes one to one, and look at a particular issue via different disciplines,” says Dr. Jacalyn Snodgrass, Capilano University’s vice-president, education, academic and arts programs. “By looking at the same issue through different lenses, they will learn how the various academic disciplines contribute to an understanding of complex issues.”

      Most people will change jobs a number of times over the years, and employers are looking for problem solvers, communicators and those with high level abilities. This degree will help students develop critical thinking through working in multiple disciplines.

      “An education in critical thinking and historical and cultural understanding prepares graduates to pursue a large and expanding range of opportunities,” Snodgrass explains. “This degree will help prepare students to be educated citizens who can adapt to the changing demands of the contemporary world.”

      In the last two years of the degree students will work within a framework that helps them integrate their learning, and understand their own educational progress, as they apply what they have learned to new contexts, culminating in a capstone project. This learning-outcome approach sets students up to be lifelong learners and prepares them for success in work or further education.

      “This is the first non applied degree Cap has offered,” Snodgrass said. “Being designated a university opened the door to offer these types of degrees, but instead of going the typical major route, we decided to create a degree focused on developing generally educated, articulate problem solvers who know how to work as part of a team and adapt to the variety of work and life environments.”

      Capilano University’s LSBA is for students who want to learn in a very supportive environment with faculty who are passionate about their discipline. All of the university’s existing arts and sciences courses ladder into the program. Current students with enough credits could go right into the third year, or students can enter the program right out of high school.

      “The program is a good choice for young students who haven’t found their passion yet,” Snodgrass said. “It’s a good choice for more mature students who need a degree to move ahead in their careers. It’s a good choice for someone who wants more breadth in their education and it’s a good choice for those who want a personalized education and close contact with their instructors.”

      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,500 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion.

      More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca/liberal-studies

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