Why choose community, public affairs and policy studies?
When you study public policy analysis, policy advocacy and community economic development, you’ll graduate ready to jump into in the policy-making process in private, public, and community sectors.
Our bilingual program is energized by our students, who bring a diverse range of backgrounds and a broad spectrum of community experience to each class. You study in small, congenial groups and are encouraged to pursue another Arts or Science program at the same time.
Combining academics with activism strengthens your experience. You’ll hone your sensitivity to social, economic and political factors influencing the public policy process and explore such values as:
- Social and economic justice
- Participatory citizenship and democracy
- Cultural pluralism
You integrate the theoretical with the practical. You can do an internship, and we ground our work through close relationships with community organizations, public and private institutions, and unions.
A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.
- Major in Community, Public Affairs and Policy Studies (42 credits)
- Minor in First People’s Studies (24 credits)
No specific courses are required beyond the DEC
- Knowledge of written and spoken French, as determined by a placement or proficiency test, the results of which could lead to a refusal to admit to the program or to the imposition of specified make-up courses
- Knowledge of written and spoken English, as determined by a placement or proficiency test, the results of which could lead to a refusal to admit to the program or to the imposition of specified make-up courses
Minimum Cut-off Averages
(Minimum Cut-off Averages should be used as indicators. Data may change depending on the quality of the application pool.)
- Quebec Cegep (CRC): 24.000 (First People's Studies: DEC)
- Canadian High Schools: 75% (First People's Studies: 70%)
- U.S. High Schools: 2.7 (First People's Studies: 2.5)
- External Transfers: B- (First People's Studies: C)
- International Bacc. (IB): 28 (First People's Studies: 27)
- Bacc. Français: 11/20
- Limited enrolment program
Make sure you also meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.
- Introduction to Public Policy and the Public Interest
- Community and Public Affairs in Quebec and Canada
- Economics for Public Policy and Community Development
- Social Debates and Issues in Public Affairs and Public Policy
- Community and Local Activism
Consult the undergraduate calendar for a complete list of current courses.
There are many job opportunities for graduates with our combination of academic and practical experience in public affairs. Demand is strong, particularly if you are able to express yourself in both French and English. Depending upon your choice of disciplinary specialization, you can expect to pursue such diverse occupations as:
- Public affairs specialists in corporations
- Civil servants at local, provincial, national or international levels
- Public policy analysts and advisors to community and other organizations
- Community group leaders and political organizations
- Journalists, broadcasters, editors, TV and radio producers