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.

To obtain an Intercultural Understanding Option designation on a transcript, students must have a minimum GPA of 7.00 in designated courses (core and electives), computed on all credits for the option.

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).

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
AN356 - Applied Anthropology
AN461 - The Anthropology of the Body
EN211 - Roots, Race, Resistance: Post-Colonial Literature
EN252 - Multiculturalism and Literature
EN280 - Introduction to Indigenous Literatures
EN330 - Human Rights in Contemporary Cultural Forms
GS220/RE221 - Being Human in a Global Age
GS221 - The Cosmopolitan Village?
GS325 - Religion, Culture and Society
GS351 - Nature, Culture and Development
GS355/AN355/RE355 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Context
GS357 - Gender and Sexualities in Global Context
GS421 - Ethical Encounters
GS422 - Dialogue and Critique in an Age of Terror
GS461 - Global humanitarianism: Between Gift and Power
HI253 - Race, Rights and the Law in Early United States History
HI256 - Human Rights in World History
HI258 - Indigenous Peoples and Empires
HI322 - Social History of Modern Canada
HI325 - Imperial Fantasies: The Rise and Fall of the British empire
HI344 - Indigenous Eastern Canada
HI345 - Indigenous Western Canada
HI410* - Reading Seminar on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict/HI460* - Research Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
NO211 - Canadian Identities and Cultures
NO230 - Decolonizing North America
PO373/NO330 - Indigenous Peoples and Public Policy
PP223 - Contemporary Moral Issues
RE205 - Canadian Religious Controversies
RE288* - Religion and Culture Abroad
RE301 - Muslims in Europe
RE331 - Religious Diversity in Contemporary Canada
RE333 - Food and Religion
SK311 - Reconciliation and Indigenous-Social Work Relations
SY324 - Sociology of Food and Culture
SY332 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
WS211 - Diverse Masculinities
WS306 - Women and Social Justice
WS310 - Transnational Sexualities

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.