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Why Study Arts and Social Science at the BISC?

The BISC has a long tradition of excellence in the Arts and Social Sciences, with classes and experiential learning that take full advantage of our location and scale to catalyse dynamic learning and creativity in students. Choosing BISC for your first year will set you up for success in your degree and a wide range of possible careers.

What can I expect?

Innovative Teaching

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  • Join in our active learning ethos to get ahead in your degree studies
  • Small classes allow you to have your ideas heard
  • Work closely with a diverse, international faculty who are invested in your growth and success
  • Get training in primary research from your profs and then investigate questions that matter to you
  • Enjoy experiential learning opportunities that get you engaged with British culture and subculture beyond the textbooks 

Outstanding Opportunities for Learning

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  • Be part of a talented student body who take initiatives and learn from one another
  • Engage with the Castle and the surrounding cities as a unique arts and social sciences lab for your learning
  • Present your work to the Castle community at our end of term Festival of Ideas
  • Learn by doing! Take part in an animal behaviour observation project at a local eco-zoo for PSYC 100, or visit Charleston Farm, home of British Modernism, in English 100
  • Get involved in a vibrant co-curricular program of performance and creativity
  • Start to create your professional network for your future

A place to grow academically and personally

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In addition to acquiring disciplinary knowledge, by the end of first year you will:

  • Become more confident as a student and as someone who knows they can be effective and proactive in the world
  • Begin to develop high-level critical thinking and intercultural skills
  • Acquire language to describe your skillset for employment and volunteering
  • Have opportunities to practice leadership
  • Develop adaptability in working with others who are different from you
  • Know how to get best out of your degree

Your Pathway to Arts and Social Science at Queen’s

Options After 1st year include:

  • Art History
  • Classical Studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English Language & Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film & Media Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Global Development Studies
  • Health Studies
  • History
  • Jewish Studies
  • Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • Media and Performance Production
  • Music (Arts)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • And more!

BISC 100: Thinking Locally & BISC 101: Acting Globally

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Blending together elements of history, geography, film studies, sociology, and drama, BISC 100: Thinking Locally and BISC 101: Acting Globally are two interdisciplinary programs that question how we look at our own culture and the ways we interact with others. Designed to build critical thinking and research skills, BISC 100 and 101 help set you up for your future studies and open up multiple degree plan options for your second year, making these idea course for your first year of university!

The Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is fair, positive, and supportive for all members of our community.
We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
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