Vancouver Island University celebrates 25-year anniversary of Bachelor of Arts program with profiles of successful grads

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from Vancouver Island University:

“Happy Silver Anniversary, VIU BA!

Twenty-five years ago, Malaspina College offered its first Bachelor of Arts program (Liberal Studies) in partnership with the University of Victoria. In 1996, the institution, which had then become Malaspina University-College, began offering homegrown BA degrees in a range of subjects. Today, as Vancouver Island University, we celebrate a quarter century of our arts degrees by profiling four of the University’s graduates. Read on to find out how BAs changed their livelihoods – and their lives.


Sean Broderick BA (with Distinction), 1999, Major – Liberal Studies

Sean Broderick is a VIU vet.

The 46-year-old education professional first attended the school in 1996, when it was called Malaspina University-College. Over the years, he’s earned several credentials from the institution, ranging from a diploma to a Master’s of Educational Leadership with Distinction (the latter was accompanied by a Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, given for the highest grade point average at VIU’s graduate level).

Broderick, a Nanaimo resident who has been based in Nunavut since 2009 (he’s currently working there as a high school program consultant), credits his wide-ranging BA as having a big impact on his career. “From a professional perspective, it’s a huge benefit as an educator to have a broad understanding across the disciplines,” he says. “It expands your instructional capacity and informs your world view, which benefits your students and yourself.”

For example, he proudly notes that his Liberal Studies teachers included scientists, a philosopher and a psychologist. “It opens your eyes and your mind to multiple perspectives and opinions,” he says.

A true lifelong learner, Broderick is currently enrolled in VIU’s Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Diploma program. “I’m very proud of the education I’ve received, and I’m very proud to be an alumni of the institution,” he says. “I’m just waiting for them to offer a doctorate.””

Read more grad profiles here.