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A Short Summary

Bachelor of Arts students may enhance their degree programme with a co-op option that typically begins in the first year of study. Over the course of the four year Arts programme, co-op students take four required co-op courses. BA (Co-op) students also participate in co-op related workshops, work closely with their programme coordinator and faculty advisor for support and guidance, and use their work experiences as field studies for professional and personal growth.

Students who successfully meet the requirements for both the Bachelor of Arts programme and the BA (Co-op) programme will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Co-op) degree. Each student will leave with a complete dossier that contains an updated resume, a letter of reference about the student’s experience with co-op, certificates of completion and achievement, as well as work samples collected over the four years of co-op arts study.

Programme Features

Co-op students are required to take the following four co-op courses:

Year 1–COOP1003: Introduction to Experiential Learning

This course engages students in active learning and challenges individuals to reflect upon and benefit from their experiences. The process of examining and analyzing experiential learning promotes higher order thinking skills, multiple cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities. Through interactive learning techniques, this course will provide students with the skills necessary to connect these theoretical concepts with workplace experiences. Prerequisite: First-stage acceptance (See Applying section for an explanation) into the Liberal Arts Co-operative Education Programme. 3 credit hours.

Year 2–COOP1023: Introduction to Microcomputer Applications

This course is designed to provide students with practical experience in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and electronic communications using a variety of office suite applications, including Microsoft Office and WordPerfect Office. Students will also be using graphic editing software and other utilities. Prerequisite: Second-stage acceptance (See Applying section for an explanation) into the Liberal Arts Co-operative Education Programme.
3 credit hours.

Year 2–COOP2013: Web and Multimedia Development

This course is designed to provide students with practical experience in multimedia development, including graphic design, audio and video production, and digital animation. A particular emphasis will be placed on multimedia production as it relates to web technology and communications. Student will be exposed to a suite of software applications for graphic design, multimedia authoring, and HTML editing. Prerequisite: COOP1023: Introduction to Microcomputer Applications. 3 credit hours.

Year 4–COOP4003: Integrative Seminar in Experiential Learning

The focus of this course is to integrate the learning experiences, both formal (concepts, skills, and knowledge acquired in university courses) and informal (work-term reports and journals) of fourth-year Co-operative Education students. Student will review various learning examples and reflect upon the transformational nature of these experiences. As well, students will create a personal development plan integrating concepts associated with lifelong learning. 3 credit hours.

Note: Enrolment in co-op courses is restricted to students registered in the BA Co-op Programme.

Co-op Workshops

At various times throughout the four years of BA (Co-op) study, students will be required to undergo additional learning opportunties. Students will receive certificates of completion and achievement for participating in these compulsory workshops. They are:

Dossier Development
Leadership Institute or the Next Step Programme (Professional Development)
Learning Objectives Writing
Job Search Methods Training
Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Other Co-op Activities

Students will also be encouraged to partake of Career Week activities, job/career fairs, guest speaker presentations, and special volunteering projects.