Intercultural Understanding Option

In the Option in Intercultural Understanding students learn skills highly valued in the global marketplace: respect for cultural difference, tolerance for ambiguity, and critical self-reflection. The option brings awareness to the role of culture in shaping people's worldview and practices, fosters a complex understanding of one's own social location, and provides training in holistic analysis. In a multicultural society such as Canada, understanding diversity helps dispel dominant stereotypes about non-normative cultures, encouraging respectful collaboration and teamwork. The option's emphasis on ethnographic skills affords students practical, transferable research tools that are attractive to employers.

The option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits.

Students must complete 2.0 core credits:
AN100 - Cultures Today;
AN200 - Theories of Culture;
AN210 - Intercultural Competencies; and
AN300 - Ethnographic Methods.

The option is completed by taking a further 2.0 credits from Elective courses (refer to the list below). To obtain an Intercultural Understanding Option designation on their transcripts, students must have a minimum GPA of 7.0 in designated courses (core and electives), computed on all credits claimed for the option.

Intercultural Understanding Electives:
AN224 - Anthropology of the Lifecourse
AN237 - Cross-cultural Studies of Change
AN242 - Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism
AN243 - Law, Culture and Society
AN342 - Africa at the Crossroads
AN343 - Culture and Society in Latin America
AN456 - Applied Anthropology
AN461 - The Anthropology of the Body
GS220 - Being Human in a Global Age
GS221 - The Cosmopolitan Village?
GS325 - Religion, Culture and Society
GS351 - Nature, Culture and Development
GS422 - Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror
GS461 - Global humanitarianism: Between Gift and Power
HI410* - Reading Seminar on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict/HI460* - Research Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
PO373 - Indigenous Peoples and Public Policy
RE288* - Religion and Culture Abroad
RE333 - Food and Religion
SK311 - Reconciliation and Indigenous-Social Work Relations
SY324 - Sociology of Food and Culture
SY332 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

Additional Information

  1. At least 3.0 of the required 4.0 credits in the option must be completed at Wilfrid Laurier University. For Anthropology majors, the elective courses must be outside the major.
  2.  Completion of the option requirements will result in an "Intercultural Understanding Option" designation on student transcripts. The option is open to all honours students.