Academic Programs at Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier University offers a broad range of programs leading to undergraduate honours and general degrees, post-degree diplomas and programs at the master's and doctoral level. Undergraduate programs are described within the chapters of the Faculties of Arts, Education, Music and Science; the Brantford programs in the Faculties of Human & Social Sciences, Liberal Arts, Social Work; the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.  

New in this 2015-2016 publication, effective September 1, 2015:

New post-degree four-year BA/BSc with a discipline second degree program policy.

New in the Faculty of Arts:
Ancient Mediterranean Studies is now an Honours BA in Ancient Studies in the Department of History.
The North American Archaeology program and the Near Eastern & Classical Archaeology program have been merged into the Honours BA in Archaeology and Heritage Studies program.
A new Applied Digital Option and DH courses are now offered.
A new Applied Social Research Option is now available.
Classical Studies (CL) and Near Eastern Studies (NE) courses have been revised to Archaeology (AR).
A new minor in Writing for Career and Community.

New in the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics:
Co-operative Education Option Courses
A new Entrepreneurship Core program and ENTR courses.

New in the Faculty of Education:
The Bachelor of Education program has been revised to a two-year program effective September 1, 2015.

New in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences:
Honours Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts in Game Design & Development effective September 1, 2015.
New Business Technology Management Option.
Ministry-approved Honours BA in Policing effective January 1, 2016.
Honours programs in Health Studies have been revised to Community Health with three new areas of concentration.
Honours BASc in Health Studies has been changed to a BASc in Public Health, and students who do not meet GPA requirements will receive a General BASc without discipline.

New in the Faculty of Liberal Arts:
New Business Technology Management Option.
The Indigenous Studies Combined Honours BA is now available.
A new Law Option is available.
A new minor in Professional Writing.
A new Youth & Children's Studies minor is offered.
The Honours BA and Combined BA Leadership Program has suspended admissions since 2014/15. A new Leadership Option is available.
Articulation agreement with Conestoga College for completion of a post-graduate certificate in Green Management in Year 3 of Honours BA Society, Culture & Technology.
New cross-listed courses in Digital Media & Journalism and User Experience Design.
The Children's Education & Development Option and CO courses have been deleted; some courses revised to the YC discipline code.
The BA/BEd Concurrent program has been withdrawn as of September 1, 2015. Students currently registered in year: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the program may use the 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 calendars to meet requirements for graduation, depending on their year of admission.

New in the Faculty of Music:
The Bachelor of Music Therapy is now a five-year program including the internship approved by the Canadian Association of Music Therapy within the program.

New in the Faculty of Science:
Bachelor of Kinesiology replaced the BA and BSc in Kinesiology & Physical Education.
Creation of a new Health Sciences Department.
Breadth requirements revised for all programs - Curriculum charts have been deleted.

School of International Policy and Governance:
New option in International Policy for all honours students.

Admissions has been suspended as of September 1, 2015 and the following programs have been deleted:
Diploma in Accounting
Honours BSc Photonics
Honours BBA/ BSc Computing & Computer Electronics double degree program

The preceding Areas of Study at Laurier chapter, lists all programs and courses offered.

Combined, simultaneous, cross-faculty, and sequential undergraduate degree programs are available at Laurier. The University chapter outlines all degrees offered, and provides a brief history.

Honours programs require four years of study and lead to an honours degree (BA, BBA, BBMT, BKin, BSc, BMus or BMusTh, BSW). The four-year program is arranged to provide mastery of a particular discipline with a liberal education of some depth. Honours requirements usually stipulate courses that must be taken in each successive year of the program. Students unable to achieve the required GPA after four years may elect to receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a major, option and minors. The attainment of a General BA or BSc degree without a  major in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science normally requires three years of study, students will have no further designation of a major or minor on these degrees. The university offers only two general degrees: a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science.

Undergraduates, in an honours program, select one or more subjects of specialization and are assured a liberal breadth of study in a range of disciplines, particularly in Year 1. Through a one-year concurrent program, students with an undergraduate degree from a recognized university will earn a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree. On receiving approval from the Ontario College of Teachers, graduates will be certified to practice in the Ontario education system, teaching Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 with the Primary/Junior program, or Grades 4 to 10 with completion of the Junior/Intermediate program.

Options, including the Co-operative and Management Options, are offered to students in honours programs. Diploma programs are available in the Department of Business, the Faculty of Music and at the Brantford Campus. Many disciplines also offer a Minor designation available to honours students.

Concurrent undergraduate programs are available with the University of Waterloo (BBA/BMath), Conestoga College (BSc/Diploma) and Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology (BA/Diploma-Certificate). Review the faculty chapters for information on these degrees and certificate/diploma programs.

The Brantford Campus, now an affiliated college of Wilfrid Laurier University, offers a wide variety of honours programs, options, minors. Programs are described in the Faculty of Human & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Liberal Arts chapters.

Students are urged to consult the course descriptions contained in each faculty's chapter for required courses and electives, and should note prerequisites. Course Description Definitions and the complete Glossary of university terms appear on the left-hand navigation bar.

Laurier has arranged exchange programs in countries around the world. Consult the Laurier International section in the Student Services chapter or their website for extensive program details. Through the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the university offers doctoral and master's degrees. The online Graduate Studies Calendar is available from the Graduate Studies website.

The Undergraduate Admissions chapter provides specifics regarding the application process for qualified applicants to a wide spectrum of undergraduate programs at Laurier. Student Awards outlines numerous options for financial support at Laurier. Current and detailed information is available directly from the Student Awards Office or website. Financial Services categorizes the tuition fee details and procedures. The Student Services chapter details a myriad of services available to students across the campus, including special needs, personal counselling and career services.

University-wide academic regulations, course registration and progression requirements are contained within the University Undergraduate Regulations chapter and concern all undergraduate students.

The academic regulations governing a student's program are those in effect at the time of initial registration at Wilfrid Laurier University, except that when academic regulations change prior to the completion of the program, the student may choose to have the new regulations apply. All course and grade point average regulations of the new program must be followed. A student, who is not registered for a period of 18 consecutive months or more, must follow the regulations that are in effect at the time of re-entry. Consult the University Undergraduate Regulations chapter, or the appropriate academic department for more information regarding these and all other university-wide undergraduate requirements.