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.
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.
AN243 - Law, Culture and Society
AN342 - Africa at the Crossroads
GS422 - Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror
- 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.
- Completion of the option requirements will result in an "Intercultural Understanding Option" designation on student transcripts. The option is open to all honours students.