New DEC-BAC Pathway in History in Sherbrooke

Students in the history and civilization program at the Cégep de Sherbrooke can now take advantage of a DEC-BAC pathway when they are admitted to the bachelor’s degree in history at Université de Sherbrooke.

The pathway allows them to have up to three courses (9 credits) recognized.

According to UdeS history department chair Benoît Grenier, “Recognizing one course per semester, or two courses during their first year in the history bachelor’s program, gives them faster access to certain general culture courses and to analytical courses that usually require the completion of 24 university credits in history.” Another aspect not to be neglected is that each credited course represents less tuition fees to pay, in addition to the opportunity for students to accelerate their studies.

A different course could also be credited to those who have passed the inter-level history summer school, currently under development, which will welcome students from Cégep de Sherbrooke and Université de Sherbrooke.

A collaborative initiative between Cégep de Sherbrooke and Université de Sherbrooke

The creation of this pathway was made possible thanks to the continued creative efforts of program managers at both institutions. The pathway directly connects with the goals of the Estrie Region Higher Education Hub.

“The history and civilization program is one of the most specialized college-level pre-university programs,” says Charles Bourget, teacher and program coordinator at Cégep de Sherbrooke. “It covers a limited number of disciplines, all related to the liberal arts, and enables students to build solid methodological training, establish their thinking within a clear historical structure, and develop scholarly knowledge founded on a reading of the major texts of Western culture. This rich, integrated approach provides highly effective preparation for university studies. Université de Sherbrooke’s recognition of the quality of this training marks the beginning of a partnership between the two institutions that goes far beyond the creation of a pathway between our two diplomas: an organic connection is growing, to the great benefit of our students.”

This pathway in history with Université de Sherbrooke is unique and constitutes an undeniable asset for those who will be able to take advantage of it. The pathway was made possible by the quality of the program offered at Cégep de Sherbrooke.

“Over a number of years, we noticed that students from the program were far ahead in terms of their knowledge, especially on antiquity and the Middle Ages, but also in terms of their methodological skills and intellectual curiosity,” Benoît Grenier notes. “A real need arose to concretely recognize the learning of the graduates of this outstanding program.”

In addition to consolidating ties between the two institutions, this collaborative initiative has led to innovation in higher education—indeed, others are currently under development—in turn making the Estrie region a leader in history education.

Further information

•    DEC-BAC pathway in history

•    Bachelor’s degree in history at Université de Sherbrooke

•    DEC in history and civilization at Cégep de Sherbrooke