Bachelor Degree Programmes

Bachelor of Architecture

Architecture

The Bachelor of Architecture is a five-year professional degree programme with special focus on sustainability and the built environment. The programme prepares students to address issues of Eco-tourism, Green Architecture and Sustainable Development and provides a balanced approach to the art and science of architectural design and construction. Students gain an awareness of the impact of climate change as a result of the built environment and conduct research that fosters and informs sustainable community development.

In the 5thyear of the programme, students spend a semester abroad at an accredited Architecture programme where they complete upper level architecture courses.  They explore issues of sustainability and design where the approach, techniques and communication of architectural ideas require a different methodology due to the environment and climate of the area/region in which the institution is located.  Students are also exposed to differing codes and regulations as they impact the area/region in relationship to the built environment as well as to issues of sustainability and design.

Bachelor of Arts

English

A liberal arts degree, the BA in English provides students with a strong foundation in literary history and criticism while developing their critical thinking and writing skills. Students acquire a working knowledge of Caribbean and Bahamian literary texts as well as knowledge of British, American and postcolonial literature. They also acquire a wider knowledge of the religious, social and political systems of the region and the world and a greater understanding of the way major historical events have affected societies. Students learn to recognize and respect Bahamian and regional literary and cultural traditions and the diversity of human experience.

The BA in English is ideally suited for students interested in becoming critical thinkers and writers. It helps them develop an intellectual perspective that exercises the imagination, encourages analytic precision and civic responsibility and inculcates an appreciation of humane, liberal values. Learning tothink independently and rigorously and to examine and solve problems, studentsdevelop the ability to process, analyse and synthesise information and ideas from multiple perspectives using a critical and theoretical framework.

The BA in English prepares students for graduate studies and for immediate and later careers in a variety of fields and professions which range from teaching, journalism, creative writing, communication, marketing, public relations, sales, lobbying, commercial analysis and a host of other industries.

History

The study of History is pivotal to the development of national identity and consciousness. It allows citizens to identify with each other through a study of past struggles and shared experiences and to understand how the individual fits within the larger collective memory of a nation. Additionally, the study of History exposes students to diverse populations and the variety of human experiences.

In the BA in History, students develop an awareness of global issues and current regional problems through a retrospective analysis of the region’s past. Students are provided with a comparative context for studying The Bahamas in relation to the Caribbean region and the wider hemispheric and international arena. They acquire historical research techniques, archival analysis, written and oral communication and critical and analytical thinking skills. They learn to describe, reconstruct and interpret the human past in order to inform their understanding of the present. They acquire an understanding of various civilisations and cultures, political institutions, social hierarchies, gender relationships and cultural productions. In their senior year, studentsintern in a public sector or private corporation such as Clifton Heritage; the Antiquities, Monuments, Museums Corporation; or The Bahamas Historical Society. This helps them appreciate Public History as a profession and enables them to apply the practical skills of librarianship, archival preservation, restoration work or museum studies.

The BA in History provides students with a solid educational foundation for graduate studies in history, law, journalism, library science or related disciplines.  It is ideally suited for persons wishing to develop analytical and research skills necessary for the legal profession, media journalism, heritage tourism, museum studies, public administration and the civil service.  It is also ideally suited for persons interested in careers in teaching, archival work, the foreign-service, diplomacy, international or regional law and politics.

Media Journalism

The BA in Media Journalism emphasises real-world issues and challenges. Students develop experience in a variety of platforms encompassing print, broadcast, online and digital media and are exposed to a range of generalist and specialist areas. They gain a focused view of journalism policy and practice in the national and international arenas, develop essential skills and an understanding of the cultural, political and economic significance of the press and its associated industries.  Students learn about the relationship between politics and the press in The Bahamas; explore the role of journalism in society; and acquire writing and communication skills applicable to public relations, advertising, marketing and business. They produce short films, documentaries and radio shows; take professional quality photographs and write publishable reports for newspapers, magazines and websites. In the Media Internship course, they work as industry professionals either in The Bahamas or overseas allowing them to further develop their skills and build valuable contacts.

The BA in Media Journalism provides a strong theoretical foundation for graduate study and develops skills and proficiencies essential for a successful career in journalism, communications, public relations, advertising, marketing and other related fields.

Music

In the BA in Music, students gain a conceptual understanding of musical components and processes and continue practice in creating, interpreting, presenting, analysing and evaluating music. They also gain an increased understanding of musical achievements from various analytical, historical and cultural perspectives. They learn about the culture, traditions, arts and literature of The Bahamas, Caribbean and wider world. Students also integrate musical knowledge and skills and develop performance skills on a particular instrument. In addition to gaining theoretical and historical musical foundations, through music electives in fields of their choice students acquire skills such as arts management, music production, or advanced performance.

The BA in Music facilitates the general training of musicians while providing an individualized educational experience –it allows students the flexibility of pursuing a wide range of interests.  BA in Music graduates leave with a set of capabilities for independent work in the music professions and can transfer to graduate degree programmes or professional schools that require a liberal arts undergraduate degree.

Psychology

The BA in Psychology exposes students to the scientific study of thought and behaviour which addresses all aspects of human functioning, including how people learn, the nature of personality, patterns of social interaction and the role of culture in human development.  Students gain an understanding of the complexity of cultural diversity and learn to communicate and work with people from diverse backgrounds and varying demographic characteristics including age, race, disability, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, religion, cognitive abilities, etc.  They are exposed to major theoretical approaches, findings and historical trends in psychology and to research methods and skills including design, data analysis and interpretation. Students acquire an appreciation for the value of psychological science in society; they recognize the value of psychology in understanding and providing solutions for real-world problems. In addition to recognising contemporary issues and problems, students identify models that help develop creative solutions to improve the societies in which we live. The programme is distinctive in its focus on preparing students to address issues relevant to The Bahamas, the Caribbean region and the global community.

The capstone practicum, taken in the final semester, facilitates a successful transition to the work force and/or graduate school. Students gain experience working in a mental health or human service setting and embed this in a learning context. They integrate knowledge, skills and competencies gained in their courses and service-learning experiences and effectively showcase their evolving professionalism.

The BA in Psychology is a popular and versatile degree in which students develop skills and knowledge applicable in areas such as the public service, private sector and non-governmental organisationsand which can be applied to virtually all areas of work. Graduates find work in government, industry, national security, sports and recreation, medicine and pharmacology, social planning and private practice.  This programme alsolays a strong foundation for graduate studies in psychology, counseling, human resources and other disciplines.

Public Administration

The BA in Public Administration prepares students for leadership roles in government with a focus on development policy and management. Students acquire the technical, managerial and political skills necessary to create and implement a range of public programmes in a learning environment that emphasises professionalism and accountability. They develop critical thinking, analytical and research skills and competencies, explore public sector issues and develop skills which allow them to address economic, social, educational, environmental, health and other public priorities. They gain an understanding of social, economic and development issues within a public administration setting and identify ways in which public administrators shape and implement programmes and policies that build and strengthen government departments, the public service, non-profit organizations, communities and society.

The BA in Public Administration is ideally suited for persons interested in government policy and administration and careers in all aspects of the public/civil service and non-profit sector. It also serves as an excellent foundation for graduate school.

Small Island Studies

UB’s degree programmes in Small Island Studiesare designed to equip students with the skills and competencies necessary to develop and administer small island sustainable strategies in the private and public spheres. The programmes are interdisciplinary, service focused and inquiry based, and are designed to help students develop the capacity to find ways to reverse unsustainable practices and processes which contribute to the degradation of the local and global environment.  Students participate in an internship in which they to utilise real life applications and gain practical experience through attachments in national, regional and/or global settings. Additionally, students complete a thesis/capstone project in which they integrate their understanding of the cognate area by planning, designing, implementing, documenting and evaluating a major interdisciplinary research topic

UB’s Small Island Studies graduates acquire a vast arsenal of skills and competencies making them versatile and marketable.  Job opportunities exist in the areas of environmental policy development, administration, compliance/monitoring, wholesale/retail trade, urban/rural planning, construction, manufacturing, technology and conservation in both the public and private sectors.  The programmes create a generation of problem solvers, innovators, interdisciplinary communicators, collaborators and agents of change.

Social Work

The BA in Social Work is designed to prepare generalist social workers whose practice is characterised by quality, competence, respect, dedication to professional principles and the pursuit of social and economic justice. Students develop social work skills that enable them to help people understand and manage the conditions of their daily living, accomplish life tasks and realise individual and collective aspirations. The programme’s focus is on critical thinking; practice without discrimination; respect for human diversity; advocacy; ethics; analysis of social policies; social change; the use of supervision in practice; evaluation of research studies; and the use of evidence-based theoretical frameworks to understand human development across the life span.

Through course work and the field work practicum, students engage in the helping change process while interfacing with the Bahamian community. Under the supervision of a social work practitioner, the field experience provides a period of orientation, observation and supervised practice in the delivery of social services.  Students are exposed to a range of social work roles and tasks and develop competencies necessary for generalist social work practice.

BA in Social Work graduates are practitioners who are able to function proficiently in generalist social work practice with diverse multicultural clients and at-risk populations in a variety of government and private social service agencies.

Sociology

Sociology seeks to study and understand social dynamics and to anticipate and predict patterns of social interaction and their consequences. The BA in Sociology provides students with local, regional and international perspectives on social and cultural problems affecting contemporary societies. Students examine the social dimensions of human life, the interactions and institutions which emanate from them and how they impact society as a whole. Subjects range from small groups to large organisations and communities and include the family, culture, crime, sexuality, youth, tourism, race relations, aging, population and environment, urban and social stratification, work and socialisation. Students acquire an appreciation for the centrality of social values and examine empirical and theoretical frameworks for the betterment of society. The programme enhances their analytic abilities and understanding of social phenomena from local, regional, global, theoretical and empirical perspectives. It helps them develop intellectual curiosity, independent thought, critical insight and mature judgement and stresses the importance of values and the moral responsibility of caring for and cooperating with others for the greater good.

The BA in Sociology is designed for individuals interested in shaping their social environments or working with people. It provides the basis for graduate study as well as professional careers in areas such as education, youth development, gender affairs, social work, criminal justice, law, public administration and policy analysis, foreign affairs, human resources, social research, marketing research, tourism, health services, population and demographic analysis, environmental planning and administration in business and community organisations.

Spanish

The BA in Spanish provides students with a well-rounded education in Spanish language, culture and literature.  It fosters an understanding of the complexity of cultural diversity and enables students to work and communicate with people from diverse Hispanic cultural backgrounds. Students acquire a broad knowledge of Spanish with a near-native spoken and written command of the language. They also acquire technical knowledge of the language while developingskills in the areas of listening-speaking and reading-writing. Courses in culture and literature focus on the cultures of Spanish-speaking people and the literary work of Spanish/Hispanic authors. So that they interact with native speakers, during their third year students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country at an institution approved by UB. They develop their language skills and acquire cultural elements which make language learners true speakers of the second language.

The BA in Spanish prepares students for graduate studies and employment in a variety of sectors including teaching, international banking, the service and tourist industries, the public service, foreign affairs, international relations and many others.

Bachelor of Arts

  • English
  • History
  • Media Journalism
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Small Island Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Bachelor of Business Administration

Accounting

The BBA in Accounting provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the concepts and principles of accounting, its operations, professional ethics and services. Students obtain an in-depth knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and international accounting standards enabling them to perform financial and governmental accounting, auditing and attestation functions, fraud and forensic accounting and taxation functions in the private and public sectors both locally and internationally. Students utilise ethical practices in keeping with accounting standards and established criteria. They learn to prepare financial statements using appropriate software and other spread sheet programmes; to audit components of financial statements; apply and analyse accounting principles; and apply research skills to provide informed recommendations. Students are encouraged to join UB’s Institute of Internal Auditors Club and The Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants Student Chapter.

BBA in Accounting graduates are provided with knowledge, expertise and skillsets that are transferable to the work environment. They obtain accounting and auditing positions in the public and private sectors both locally and internationally and successfully complete the Certified Public Accountants Examination (CPA), the Certified Internal Auditors Examination (CIA) and the Certified Fraud Examiners Examination (CFE) within a year after graduation.

Banking and Finance

The BBA in Banking and Finance combines economics and finance with commercial and offshore banking and provides students with the knowledge and skills to assume positions in either commercial or offshore banks. Students are introduced to a broad range of subjects and obtain invaluable insights into how individuals and businesses manage their money and engage in investment management. They analyse financial information, make recommendations with respect to investment opportunities and present and defend their recommendations in an open forum where they are evaluated by financial analysts.

Graduates pursue international accreditation in banking offered by institutes in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada such as The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS); Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA); Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM); Certified Corporate Trust Specialist (CCTS); Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP); Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP); Professional Banker Certificate (PBC); Chartered Banker (CB); Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB). They are also able to sit a number of professional examinations offered by the Canadian Securities Institute. Many graduates have successfully completed the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Examination. Graduates obtain positions in the financial services sector and pursue careers as personal bankers or banking representatives, wealth managers, consumer lenders, commercial bankers and in central banking.

Banking and Finance with a Foreign Language

The BBA in Banking and Finance with a Foreign Language is a five-year programme which combines modern economics and finance with commercial and offshore banking and provides students with the requisite knowledge and skills to assume positions in either commercial or offshore banks. Students are introduced to a broad range of subjects and gain insight into how individuals and businesses manage their money and engage in investment management. They analyse financial information, make recommendations with respect to investment opportunities and present and defend their recommendations in an open forum where they are evaluated by financial analysts. Additionally, students take four courses in either French or Spanish. This enables them to acquire a greater level of proficiency in the language, develop fluency and writing skills and grammatical accuracy and acquire the skills needed to perform efficiently in a number of key areas in the workplace.

Banking and Finance graduates pursue international accreditation in banking offered by institutes in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada such as The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS); Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA); Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM); Certified Corporate Trust Specialist (CCTS); Certified Securities Operations Professional (CSOP); Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP); Professional Banker Certificate (PBC); Chartered Banker (CB); Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB). They are also able to sit a number of professional examinations offered by the Canadian Securities Institute. Many have successfully completed the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Examination. Graduates obtain positions in the financial services sector and pursue careers as personal bankers or banking representatives, wealth managers, consumer lenders, commercial bankers and in central banking.

Computer Information Systems

The BBA in Computer Information Systems provides students with the requisite knowledge and skills to function successfully in the field of Computer and Information Technology. The programme offers specialised courses in computer related technologies and systems, thus ensuring that graduates are able to assume generalist computer information systems positions or positions in more specialised areas of management information systems, networking and programming. Students master computing skills such as applications, programming and networking and become proficient with management information systems. They complete projects, presentations and reports and are encouraged to design innovative solutions to problems as well as websites and other computer applications. They participate in teamwork activities which enhance their social, organisational and interactive skills.

BBA in Computer Information Systems graduates havethe requisite skillsets to obtain entry level IT positions in public, private or not-for-profit organisations.

Economics

The BBA in Economics is an amalgamation of business disciplines such as accounting, marketing, computers, management, statistics, research and finance.  Students are introduced to a broad array of subjects including international economics, labour economics, the history of economic thought, environmental economics, behavioural economics, public sector finance, econometrics, money and banking, monetary theory and policy and comparative economic systems.  Students acquire a sound theoretical foundation and sharpen their analytical and higher-level thinking skills. They are encouraged to apply their theoretical knowledge to real world situations and use Excel, SPSS and Minitab to analyse and present data.

BBA in Economics graduates matriculate to top tier graduate programmes or pursue careers in banking as well as in public and quasi-public organisations such as the Department of Labour, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Finance, The Central Bank of The Bahamas, Utilities Regulation and Competition Authority, Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd., and Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd.

Economics and Finance

The BBA in Economics and Financeequips students with the skillsets required for successful careers in the financial services sector. Students are provided with a broad understanding of financial theory and the economic framework upon which that theory is based.The accounting courses prepare students to analyse financial information; the economics courses provide the theoretical background from which the discipline was developed; the computer courses allow students to utilise computer spreadsheets and programmes to conduct comparative analyses and engage technical computations. The applications employed in econometrics utilising the statistical methods provide the empirical content to economic data and situations. The linear regression model provides the statistical tools necessary to engage the starting point for economic analysis. Classroom knowledge is combined with practical experience in an internship programme which enables students to assume positions in banking, investment banking, financial analysis, corporate finance and central banking.

The combination of economics and finance courses aptly prepares students for success in the workplace and or graduate programmes. Students graduate with the analytical and quantitative skills to meet the challenges of a dynamic marketplace and are heavilyrecruited by the local financial services sector.

Finance

The BBA in Financeprepares students for careers in industrial, financial, governmental, non-profit and consulting organisations.  Students are equipped to function in today’s fast-paced business environment and to complete successfully the first level of the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) or the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) examinations. Students learn to analyse financial statements, employ spread sheets in the preparation of complex financial analyses and computations and make recommendations relative to investments and corporate and international finance. They present and defend their recommendations in an open forum where they are evaluated by a cadre of financial analysts. The upper-level specialized courses provide students with the requisite knowledge and skillsets which enable them to function at a high level in the specialised area of finance in the public and private sectors. Finance majors are mentored byfinancial leaders in the Certified Financial Analyst Bahamas Society (CFA).

Graduates of the BBA in Finance are recruited by the local financial services sector. Many have completed successfully the Certified Financial Analyst Examination (CFA) and are members of the local Certified Financial Analyst Association.

Human Resource Management

The BBA in Human Resource Management develops professionals with the skills and competencies needed to transform the human resource landscape in any organisation. Students gain an in-depth appreciation for the skills and functions of today’s human resource professionals who respond to the challenge of recruiting and retaining talent, understanding legal regulations and managing the behavioural dynamics of the workplace. The programme consists of courses which include strategic human resource management, compensation, performance and international human resource management. Courses are structured to enable students to receive sound theoretical philosophies and guidance on the ways human resource professionals help their companies gain a competitive advantage. They ensure that students have the flexibility to pursue a generalist management or specialist HRM role

Career opportunities include Human Resources Assistant, Employee Benefits Analyst, Recruitment Specialist, Training and Development Coordinator, Dispute Resolutions Mediator, etc. Graduates are eligible for professional exams in Human Resource Management.

Marketing

The BBA inMarketing meets the changing demands of the business community. Students are provided withan extensive selection of courses in contemporary marketing with a focus on growing trends in the global arena. They acquire a theoretical foundation in marketing philosophies as well as customer acquisition and retention; conduct marketing research that is relevant to solving real business problems; and address managerial issues in relation to customer driven marketing. Marketing courses provide knowledge in the functions of marketing such as product design, promotion, pricing and distribution strategies — essential tools for marketing professionals. Statistics and research courses facilitate data collection relative to consumer purchasing patterns, product pricing, consumer preference, taste and current market trends. Students utilise the tools of political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental analysis (PESTLE) to gather information relative to the target market. They are required to design and develop comprehensive business and marketing plans and take two research courses to prepare them for the workplace or graduate studies.

BBA Marketing graduates are prepared to assume positions in the areas of sales, advertising, customer relations and marketing.

Management

The BBA in Managementprovides students with a broad range of management competencies and skillsets. Students are exposed to a variety of business courses such as entrepreneurship, project management, economics and finance, computer information systems, accounting, marketing and statistics.  They acquire proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites; utilise statistical packages such as Minitab and SPSS;and are able to review computer generated management information to make informed decisions. They learn to prepare financial statements and compile management accounting data. They also learn to assess the economic environment and organisational human capital requirements and to recruit, train and manage human capital. Students are required to take two research courses to prepare them for the workplace or for graduate studies.

BBA in Management graduates are able to engage in innovative solutions to the benefit of all stakeholders and can utilise project management techniques to ensure efficient, desirable outcomes. They are able to assume entry-level positions in local and international industries, become entrepreneurs or pursue graduate studies.

Bachelor of Education

Early Childhood Certification

The BEd in Early Childhood Certification provides early childhood educators with the knowledge, skills, strategies, evidence-based practices and experiences to facilitate the cognitive, social, psychosocial and moral development of young children. Students acquire the skills necessary to create learning environments which support the educational needs of children from birth through grade three. They are exposed to theories about how young children learn and to developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and practices. They are taught to use assessment to diagnose learning and development, design teaching strategies and modify instruction. Additionally, students are provided with appropriate content and instructional strategies in Language, Science, Mathematics and Social Studies.  Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Kindergarten to Grade 12: Music

The BEd K-12 Music provides students with the knowledge, skills and strategies to teach Music from kindergarten through grade 12 and the opportunity to develop their musical talents and gain performance experience. Students are exposed to a wide range of musical studies including music theory, history and technology as well as instrumental, piano and voice studies. Along with piano proficiency, students gain a high level of proficiency on a principal instrument. The Concert Band, Concert Choir and other ensembles offer students additional opportunities for their musical development as well as opportunities to perform both locally and internationally. Courses in educational foundations and assessment, classroom techniques and management, educational psychology and research methods provide the fundamental theories, proficiencies and techniques essential for effective teaching and learning. Additionally, students complete two methods courses, one in primary education the other in secondary education, in which they learn about best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of lessons. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Kindergarten to Grade 12: Physical Education

The BEd K-12 Physical Education provides prospective teachers with arange of physical experiences inclusive of team games, individual and dual sports, track and field and swimming. As they progress from the examination of team sports to the examination of individual and dual sports, prospective teachers learn to adapt these sports to accommodate persons with various abilities. Courses in educational foundations and assessment, classroom techniques and management, educational psychology and research methods provide the fundamental theories, skills and techniques essential for effective teaching and learning. Additionally, methods courses help prospective teachers learn about best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Art

The BEd Secondary Certification in Art focuses on the development of preservice teachers as artists as well as the development of skills, techniques and competencies required to teach Art at the junior and senior high level. Prospective teachers are exposed to a range of areas in art including drawing, painting and ceramics.  They acquire a foundation for understanding visual forms of expression and for exploring Art as an act of creative self-discovery and expression.Additionally, they examine the foundations of education and its impact on contemporary education, methods of teaching, instructional technology, working with diverse populations and educational research. They look closely at the technological, multicultural and interdisciplinary nature of art education. Two instructional methods courses ensure that prospective teachers explore best practices in planning, preparing, presenting and evaluating instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, students complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Biology

The BEd Secondary Certification in Biology prepares students to teach general science at the junior high level as well as Biology at the senior high level.  Preservice teachers examine concepts in a wide variety of the biological disciplines including general biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology and bioethics. In two instructional methods courses, prospective teachers discuss best practices in planning, preparing, presenting and evaluating instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill, and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Business Studies

The BEd Secondary Certification in Business Studies prepares students to provide instruction up to the twelfth grade level and in accelerated school-based programmes. Students are exposed to accounting principles related to the accounting cycle of a sole trader in a service or merchandising enterprise, to principles for partnerships and corporations and other related issues. They learn about management and computerised accounting, financial management and the role of various systems and users. In two instructional methods courses, prospective teachers discuss best practices in planning, preparing, presenting and evaluating lessons. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Chemistry

The BEd Secondary Certification in Chemistry prepares students to teach general science at the junior high level as well as Chemistry at the senior high level. Students take a number of mathematics courses that are foundational to the subject of Chemistry. In two instructional methods courses, prospective teachers discuss best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Computer Studies-Application Programming

In the BEd Secondary Certification Computer Studies-Application Programming, prospective teachers complete introductory business management, accounting, economics, business statistics, web publishing and computer information systems courses. They are introduced to programming language that facilitates the development of Web applications, the programming of interactive Web pages and the use of Active Server Pages technology in database access on the Web. Courses in educational foundations and assessment, inclusive education principles and practices, classroom techniques and management as well as educational research help students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies essential for effective teaching and learning in junior and senior high schools. Prospective teachers take two instructional methods courses in which they explore best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of lessons. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: English Language and Literature

In addition to preparing students to teach English Language and Literature at the junior and senior high school level, through the prescribed electives, the BEd Secondary Certification in English Language and Literature comprises a Bahamian literature and culture specialty strand. Prospective teachers are introduced to Bahamian literature and examine the influence of factors such as politics, religion, race, class and gender in the creation of Bahamian cultural identity. They also examine the socio-historical and linguistic factors contributing to language varieties, focusing on Bahamian Creole and Dialect.  Courses in educational foundations and assessment, inclusive education principles and practices, classroom techniques and management as well as educational research help prospective teachers acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies essential for effective teaching and learning. Prospective teachers take two instructional methods courses in which they discuss best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill, and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Family and Consumer Sciences

The BEd Secondary Certification Family and Consumer Sciences is an integrated field of studies that focuses on food and nutrition, textile and clothing construction, housing, home management, family relations, health and human development and consumer education. Prospective teachers are prepared to teach various disciplines in Family and Consumer Sciences from grades 7 through 12. Courses in educational foundation and assessment, inclusive education principles and practices, classroom techniques and management, and educational research help students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies essential for effective teaching and learning.  Prospective teachers take two instructional methods courses in which they discuss best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Family and Consumer Sciences-Tourism and Hospitality Studies

The Family and Consumer Sciences programme is an integrated field of studies that focuses on food and nutrition, textile and clothing construction, housing, home management, family relations, health and human development and consumer education. The Family and Consumer Sciences Tourism and Hospitality Studies specialty strand prepares students to teach tourism and hospitality studies from grades 7 through 12. Courses in educational foundations and assessment, inclusive education principles and practices, classroom techniques and management, and educational research help students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies essential for effective teaching and learning.  Students take two instructional methods courses in which they learn about best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of lessons. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill, and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: French

The BEd Secondary Certification French prepares students to teach French at the junior and senior high level. Students acquire proficiency in French, develop fluency and writing skills, grammatical accuracy and cultural knowledge. Additionally, they spend at least four weeks in a country in which French is an official language. During their immersion experience, they further develop their proficiency in French and focus on the history, culture, social issues and politics of the region and the country. Courses in educational foundations and assessment, inclusive education principles and practices, classroom techniques and management, and educational research help students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies essential for effective teaching and learning. Prospectiveteachers take two instructional methods coursess in which they discuss best practices in planning, preparing, presenting and evaluating instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory and skill to practice.

Secondary Certification: Mathematics

In the BEd Secondary Certification Mathematics, prospective teachers complete calculus courses designed to meet the needs of mathematics educators. In two instructional methods courses, they discuss best practices in the planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, prospective teachers complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice

Secondary Certification: History/Geography

In the BEd Secondary Certification History/Geography, students are provided with a foundation which prepares them to teach both subject areas. Graduates enter the teaching profession having completed a Natural Environment specialty strand in which they examine the earth’s atmosphere, climate, economic land use, crust and soil. The prospective teachers also examine the environmental impact on and by humans. In two instructional methods courses, they discuss best practices in planning, preparing, presenting and evaluating instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Religion

The BEd Secondary Certification in Religion prepares students to teach Religion at the junior and senior high levels. The preservice teachers examine the family in society and the impact of religious institutions and traditions on social attitudes and problems. They also examine contemporary trends and issues within and outside major religious traditions as they relate to religious thought and life. Courses in educational foundations and assessment, inclusive education principles and practices, classroom techniques and management and educational research help prospective teachers acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies essential for effective teaching and learning. Students take two instructional methods courses in which they discuss best practices in planning, preparation, presentation and evaluation of instruction. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill and competencies to practice.

Secondary Certification: Spanish

The BEd Secondary Certification Spanish, prepares students to teach Spanish at the junior and senior high level. Students acquire proficiency in Spanish, develop fluency and writing skills, grammatical accuracy and cultural knowledge. Additionally, they spend at least four weeks in a country in which Spanish is an official language. During their immersion experience, they further developtheir proficiency in Spanishand focus on the history, culture, social issues and politics of the region and the country. Courses in educational foundations and assessment, inclusive education principles and practices, classroom techniques and management, and educational research help students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies essential for effective teaching and learning.  Prospective teachers take two instructional methods courses in which they discuss best practices in planning, preparing, presenting and evaluating lessons. Under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and field cooperating teacher, they complete their capstone requirement – Teaching Practice – applying pedagogical theory, skill, and competencies to practice.

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science

  • Biology with Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Hospitality Management
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Registered Nurse – Bachelor of Science Nursing
  • Small Island Studies
  • Tourism Management

Minors

Bahamian and Caribbean Literature

The Minor in Bahamian and Caribbean Literature exposes students to the commonalities of Bahamian and Caribbean literature and culture. Students develop a critical awareness of themselves and others and their interconnections. They improve their understanding and appreciation of local and regional literature; deepen their knowledge of Bahamian and Caribbean literature; and develop creative and critical thinking skills and pride in Bahamian and Caribbean identity and culture. This minor is ideally suited for students wishing to deepen their understanding of Bahamian and Caribbean literature, culture and identity.

Business Administration

The Minor in Business Administration provides non-business majors with a working knowledge of a business enterprise. Students improve their knowledge and understanding of business, are exposed to the world of business and become more marketable. This minor is ideally suited for students in majors that may lead to self-employment or students wishing to become entrepreneurs.

Diversity Studies

The Minor in Diversity Studies fosters an appreciation for the complexity of human diversity, promotes self-awareness and provides a global perspective on humanity. Students develop skills to work and communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and varying demographic characteristics. They appreciate how an understanding of diversity can contribute to local, regional and international solutions to real-world problems. Courses complement knowledge and skills from other disciplines to foster the creative problem solving required for human functioning in the culturally diverse 21stcentury. Students gain competence in an area that facilitates career advancement in the public and private sectors. This minor is ideally suited for students planning careers in business, health, media and the civil service, especially immigration, foreign affairs or international relations.

Ecotourism

Ecotourism, one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry, has taken its place alongside mass tourism and traditional adventure tourism. It is an environmentally-friendly philosophy of choice embraced by visitors to the Caribbean and other world-wide destinations. The Minor in Ecotourism exposes non-hospitality and non-tourism majors to the fundamental concepts and interdisciplinary perspectives of ecotourism. Students explore broad-based theories, best practices, policies and the social, ecological, ethical, environmental and economic perspectives of countries that have embraced this new form of tourism. This minor is ideally suited for students interested in learning more about this integral component of tourism studies.

Film and Drama Studies

The Minor in Film and Drama Studies provides an opportunity for students interested in the cinematic and dramatic arts to deepen their appreciation of the arts and develop an understanding of film and theatre as sophisticated art forms. Students are provided with a foundation in literary criticism and enhance their knowledge of the cinematic and theatrical traditions, techniques and approaches available for creatively exploring social, cultural and political ideas and concerns.They analyse the work of some of the world’s greatest playwrights and cinematic innovators and develop the critical tools to evaluate film and theatre art.This minor is ideally suited for students wishing to explore possibilities in the emerging culture industries of The Bahamas or students considering careers in film, drama, teaching, media, journalism and public relations.

French

In the Minor in French, students develop their proficiency in French, improve their communication skills and learn more about Francophone cultures and traditions. This minor is particularly useful for students majoring in Business or the Social Sciences or students considering careers in hospitality, tourism, or foreign affairs.

Geography

The Minor in Geography provides an opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of the interactions between the physical and human processes shaping local, regional and global environments. The theoretical and practical applications of geographic enquiry strongly complement a wide range of majors offered at UB.  Students gain experience and skills that allow them to address issues from a spatial perspective, particularly within a local context. This minor is an ideal choice for students wanting to pursue careers in environmental management, sustainability, urban planning, foreign affairs, business, tourism and geographical information systems.  The minor provides a sound foundation for persons who, having developed a growing interest, may want to matriculate to a bachelor’s degree in Geography.

History

In the Minor in History, students gain an understanding of various civilisations and cultures, political institutions, social hierarchies, gender relationships and cultural productions.  They acquire the skills necessary to integrate a significant body of knowledge over time and across disciplines. They learn historical research techniques, analysis, synthesis, critical thinking, documentation and writing and communication skills. This minor is ideally suited for non-History majors interested in careers in law, politics, journalism, international relations or foreign affairs.

Hospitality Management

The Minor in Hospitality Management serves as a catalyst for participation in this vital industry as employment in hospitality or one of its allied industries continues to be the most prominent economic stimulus in The Bahamas. Non-hospitality and non-tourism majors are exposed to a select offering of courses that represents a microcosm of the industry. This minor is ideally suited for Business majors or students interested in entry-level employment in hospitality or tourism.

Linguistics

The Minor in Linguistics introduces students to the study of linguistics and the scientific study of human language with special attention to sub-fields relevant to Bahamian culture and society such as sociolinguistics and applied linguistics. Students become aware of the differences between Bahamian Dialect/Creole and Standard English and the role of linguistics in world affairs. They are introduced to the history and historical developments of Standard English and Bahamian Dialect/ Creole as social, historical constructions and to their typological characteristics or genealogical affinities. Students gain an understanding of how to apply linguistic principles to diverse career and industry fields. Future linguistic scholar-practitioners are equipped with critical inquiry skills, research strategies and linguistic investigation methods. This minor is particularly suitable for prospective teachers and journalists and students wishing to know more about Bahamian language and culture

Spanish

In the Minor in Spanish, students develop their proficiency in Spanish, improve their communication skills and learn more about Latin American cultures. This minor is particularly useful for students majoring in Business or the Social Sciences or students considering careers in hospitality, tourism, or foreign affairs.

Tourism Management

Tourism is one of the world’s number one industries with many non-tourism majors finding employment in the tourism sector or one of its allied industries. In the Minor in Tourism Management, students gain a comprehensive and strategic overview of the management applications in this important industry. They link theory and practice to the overall analysis and understanding of the tourism sector and its management. This minor is ideally suited for Business and Media Journalism majors or students interested in entry-level employment in hospitality or tourism.

Associate Degree Programmes

Associate of Applied Science

Culinary Arts

The AASc in Culinary Arts prepares students for entry-level management positions in the hospitality industry. To prepare them for work in this expanding sector, students are trained in the preparation and service of restaurant foods using all of the procedures in commercial kitchens. They gain industry experience in multiple departments and in restaurant operations with an emphasis on food preparation and service. Courses integrate theory and practice through lectures, discussions, demonstrations, presentations, field trips, projects and case studies.  Students gain hands on, practical applications through individual menu preparation, group meal preparation, mystery basket execution, tableside and take-out service. They are encouraged to use Bahamian natural resources to develop new dishes. They sharpen their skills through competitions and membership in The Bahamas Junior Culinary Association and are exposed to culinary trends through community engagements and industry internships.

AASc in Culinary Arts graduates join the workforce or matriculate into bachelor degree programmes.

Electro-Mechanical Technology (UB-North Only)

The AASc in Electro-Mechanical Technology, designed specifically for students at UB-North, seeks to provide a cadre of world class tradesmen in the key areas of Metal Fabrication, Welding, Mechanical and Pipefitting.  Students are exposed to a broad range of general and specific technical education courses and are provided with the necessary theoretical and laboratory preparation for the trade application.  Students take foundational courses in General Physics, AC Circuits, Statics and Chemistry; they take courses in Material Science, Dynamics, Electrical Devices and Machines; and select three of the following areas for in-depth study and analysis — Fluid Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Mechanical Fabrication Technology, Electrical Devices and Machines II. The AASc in Electro-Mechanical Technology ensures that studentslearn concepts and principles, develop problem solving skills and participate in field experiences which link theory to practice.

National Apprentice Cook

The AASc National Apprentice Cook programme prepares students for the expanding hospitality industry and for Bahamian owned and operated boutique hotels. Students begin with foundational courses and progress to more advanced culinary classes such as International and Classical Cuisine. They focus on sanitation and menu planning which works hand-in-hand with their practical applications. In addition to coursework, students are exposed to culinary trends through community engagements and participation in national and international competitions. They are encouraged to use Bahamian natural resources, develop new dishes and join the Bahamas Junior Culinary Association.

Upon successful completion of the AASc National Apprentice Cook programme, students may sit the International Certification Examination of the American Culinary Federation, successful completion of which qualifies them for the designation of Certified Cook.  AASc National Apprentice Cook graduates obtain supervisory-level positions in a variety of hospitality operations.


Associate of Arts

Art

The AA in Art focuses on developing the creative and artistic talents of students who are exposed to a range of areas — including drawing, painting and ceramics — and diverse methods, skills and competencies. Students acquire a foundation for understanding visual forms of expression and for understanding Art as an act of creative self-discovery and expression. Full-time and adjunct faculty, who are highly regarded professional artists, encourage students to develop their creativity and experiment with various techniques and styles.  The Pro Gallery on the Oakes Field Campus provides an attractive space for student exhibitions as well as a wide range of art produced by nationally prominent contemporary artists.  Many AA in Art graduates go on to complete undergraduate programmes in art.

French

The AA Arts in French helps students acquire proficiency in French, develop fluency and writing skills, grammatical accuracy and cultural knowledge. Students gain an understanding of how languages function and acquire the skills needed to perform efficiently in a number of key areas in the workplace. The course on Business French helps them become familiar with the language used in economic and commercial correspondence and reports. Students are encouraged to participate in summer abroad programmes in a French-speaking country to develop their competence in the language and knowledge of the culture. The AA in French is particularly relevant for careers in tourism, hospitality, business, foreign affairs, immigration and related areas.

Law and Criminal Justice Studies

The AA in Law and Criminal Justice Studies provides a foundation in both law and criminal justice. This programme is particularly useful for persons interested in careers with the Royal Bahamas Police/Defence Force, Department of Corrections, Immigration or careers in criminology, sociology, journalism. It is also useful for students wishing to be admitted into the Bachelor of Laws degree programme or Bachelor of Arts in Psychology or Sociology.

Religious Studies

The AA in Religious Studies is ideally suited for students interested in exploring the larger philosophical questions about life and human purpose. Reading, writing and critical thinking skills are developed through direct engagement with texts. The AA in Religious Studies is particularly relevant for persons interested in teaching religion at the secondary school level or in pursuing a bachelor degree programme in comparative religions, the Humanities or Social Sciences.

Associate of Business Administration

Computer Information Systems (UB-North only)

The ABA in Computer Information Systems is designed specifically for students at UB-North. This programme provides students with the requisite skills and technical competencies for entry-level positions in both the private and public sectors. It is ideally suited for students who plan to work in the computing environment or students planning to matriculate into the Bachelor of Business Administration Computer Information Systems degree programme.

Associate of Science

Civil Engineering Technology

The ASc in Civil Engineering Technology is designed for persons wishing to pursue careers in the construction industry, particularly commercial and industrial buildings. Emphasis is on structures, management and cost control.  Students take foundational courses in the physical sciences as well as engineering science and courses such as structural analysis, reinforced concrete design, steel design, construction management and contracts in which the engineering sciences are applied. Students learn concepts and principles, develop problem solving skills and participate in field exercises which link theory to practice. They are encouraged to join the UB chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers to learn about trends in engineering education and practice, engage in community service and attend U.S. Chapter activities.

The ASc in Civil Engineering Technology is ideally suited for persons interested in bachelor degree programmes in Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, Construction Management and other related disciplines. It is also suited for persons wishing to enter the construction industry as site foremen or engineers, construction managers and other middle level positions or persons wishing to enter government or quasi-government agencies such as the Ministry of Public Works, Water and Sewerage and the Ministry of Housing.

Engineering

The ASc in Engineering prepares students for entry-level positions in the workforce and for transfer into bachelor degree programmes in Engineering. The programme is mathematics and science intensive, combining mathematics, science and engineering courses. Students acquire knowledge, skills and competencies to design and conduct experiments as well as analyse and interpret data. They also learn to identify, formulate and solve simple engineering problems. Students are encouraged to joinUB’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Mechanical Engineering Technology

The ASc in Mechanical Engineering Technology is ideally suited for persons wishing to pursue careers in the mechanical and related industries involving equipment and machinery design, manufacturing, fluids and structural applications and the like. Students acquire a foundation in physics and proficiencies in materials science, thermodynamics, mechanical fabrication, properties and applications of fluids and solids, the mechanics of forces, equilibrium and motion necessary for the preliminary design and manufacture of products and systems. Such fundamentals facilitate the diagnosis of and solutions to practical problems in mechanical engineering technology.The programme prepares students for entry-level positions in the workforce as well as for transfer into the final two years of a four-year bachelor degree programme in mechanical engineering technology.

Certificates

Culinary Skills

French (Intermediate & Advanced)

Music

Spanish (Intermediate & Advanced)

Trained Clinical Nursing (cohort model/approach)

Diplomas