Creating leaders for the next century

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With a maximum class size of 30 students this program utilizes seminars, community projects and leadership focused internships to enable students to expand knowledge and develop skills such as public speaking and presentation skills, team-building, critical thinking, problem-solving and advanced practical writing abilities.

The degree is called a Bachelor of Philosophy in the old Oxford-Cambridge tradition. Of course students do discuss philosophy in our courses when it is relevant, but philosophy courses offered in the University of New Brunswick's philosophy department are not duplicated at Renaissance College. The degree is commonly referred to as B.Phil in Interdisciplinary Leadership. Leadership Studies is an exciting new interdisciplinary field that examines the concept of leadership, the role of leaders in society, the practice of leadership and how to foster leadership development. We see our students as the future agents of positive social change and our alumni are already proving us right.


The Renaissance College bachelor program is an eight term bachelor program (129 credit hours), that can be completed in either 3 or 4 years.

The 3 year option consists of three normal fall/winter academic years with two summer terms in between.

The 4 year option follows a typical 4 year, 2 terms per year, bachelors program. This option has the internship courses embedded within the fall and winter terms.

The internship courses are Canadian and international placements with partner organisations. The first year of study is predominantly Renaissance College courses and in the following years students take a greater proportion of electives in other departments at the university. All students are required to complete a Minor (24 credit hours) selected from the wide range of disciplines offered at UNB.  


The innovative Renaissance College program is designed around a set of six learning outcomes that are seen to be key components of leadership ability.

  • Effective Citizenship
  • Multiliteracy
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Interaction
  • Knowing Self and others
  • Well being

The core courses are specifically designed to advance students progress in multiple learning outcomes by exploring and working within contemporary issues relevant to students. The interdisciplinary approach of the program encourages integration of knowledge, conceptual understanding and growth of critical thinking skills.


Students wishing to continue their studies in sciences often choose our Science Option that allows them to finish a second degree in the sciences in a considerable reduced time frame. Those wishing to enter the medical or dental fields often complete our MCAT/DCAT option that allows them to prepare for entrance exams.