Employers are looking to hire people who can communicate, make decisions, solve problems and work in teams. Academic disciplines like Philosophy, English, Geography and Physics have been around for hundreds of years because these disciplines, and others in Arts and Sciences, help you to develop the skills you need to be successful. Here are the top reasons to consider studying Arts and Sciences at Capilano University:

1. Help solve the world’s most pressing problems. The world needs innovative thinkers on real-life issues such as climate change, technology, geo-political conflict, human rights, poverty and Aboriginal rights. A Capilano U Arts and Sciences education prepares you to contribute to the dialogue, and more importantly, to the solutions for these problems.

2. Build the future you’ve always dreamed of. An Arts and Sciences education at Cap leads to diverse careers and opportunities for advanced education. Courses improve your ability to think, write and express yourself, and provide opportunities for face-to-face dialogue and peer collaborations of all kinds, allowing you to develop connections that often stay with you into your working life.

3. Small classes, big ideas. Our instructors are passionate about teaching, and it shows. They strive to bring academic topics to life using real world examples you can relate to, such as gender stereotypes in popular culture, the discovery of ancient footprints and the psychological archetypes of Game of Thrones. In addition, you’ll delve into all sorts of fascinating topics at ChatLive, informal lunchtime discussions facilitated by instructors. If you attend three or more sessions, you get an extra-curricular notation on your transcript!

4. Innovative courses. Always looking ahead, Cap instructors often develop new courses on current and emerging topics. In Psychology and Internet (PSYC 415), you’ll explore how technology impacts social behaviour and identity. A new course in Art and Trauma (AHIS 330) examines how artists depict violence, and evoke feelings of sympathy or helplessness. And a unique course called Math and the Creative Arts (MATH 300) teaches you how to use math as a tool to study and create works of music, literature and visual art.

5. Customize your education. In Cap’s multidisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, students have the unique opportunity to make their degree truly their own. In third year, you begin to develop a research or creative project based on your interests. Faculty advisors from various disciplines help you explore and refine this graduation project during three semester-long tutorial sessions. Projects have ranged from a graphic novel about climate change to a documentary and selfie exhibition exploring how digital culture impacts self-esteem. What will you explore?

6. Meet your mentor. Because Capilano U is a teaching institution, rather than a research institution, you learn from instructors who are not only intellectually passionate, but have classroom styles that are dynamic, flexible and interactive. Instructors make a point of being available outside of class to discuss assignments and new developments, and share insights. This allows for a meaningful student-instructor dynamic to flourish, so your instructor is able to recognize your strengths and help you reach your full potential.

7. Experiential learning. Creating opportunities for students to learn by doing is at the heart of our approach to teaching at Cap. Our grads are some of the best prepared in the world because they’ve learned to think beyond the textbook and gained practical experience working on projects with real world relevance, such as assembling, programming and flying a fleet of drones, curating an exhibition by an internationally renowned artist or editing submissions for The Liar, Cap’s student literary journal. In Cap’s Applied Behaviour Analysis (Autism) programs, students get hands-on experience during a work practicum. And Cap’s science labs offer one of the best hands-on learning experiences in the province.

8. Internationalize your degree. If you want to go places in this world, you have to go places in this world! At Cap, there are plenty of opportunities to gain international experience while studying and living outside of Canada. And to top it off, you don’t have to pay international tuition fees. Cap’s field schools over reading break and summer schools are perfect for those who only want to get away for a few weeks. Or you can spend a whole term on an international exchange.

Submitted by Marketing & Communications