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September 2, 2014
 
 
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The Brantford Foundations


Laurier Brantford's New Core Program Beginning in 2013/2014

Laurier Brantford's new core program beginning in 2013/2014, the Brantford Foundations (BF) consists of four courses (2.0 credits) which map out specific skills needed for research in the humanities and social sciences, and provide the ability to think critically about the ideas that have shaped the contemporary western world.


The BF core will replace the General Contemporary Studies (CT) major for students who are not already majoring in Contemporary Studies.

CT students that have already completed CT121, CT122, CT221, and CT220 are not required to take BF courses.

If you have not completed these CT courses yet, you MUST meet with an Academic Advisor.

Please see the chart below for exclusions:

Brantford Foundations (BF) Contemporary Studies (CT)
 BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World  CT121: The World in the 21st Century
 BF199: Modernity: Critique and Resistance  CT122: Social and Political Thought
 BF290: Academic Literacy: Social Sciences  CT221: Applied Scientific Reasoning
 BF299: Academic Literacy: Humanities  CT220: Contemporary Studies Methodologies

If you need to repeat CT122 or CT221 you MUST meet with an Academic Advisor.

If you are considering changing your Honours CT (20 credit) or General CT (15 credit) program, you are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor to review your registration and choose your courses. If you are interested in repeating a CT course as a BF course to raise your GPA please refer to the chart above and contact your Academic Advisor.

Additional information about the BF core, provided to non CT majors, is not applicable to you unless you change your program. Please note that Concurrent Education students are required to major in CT (as a single or combined major).

To book an appointment with an Academic Advisor please visit: https://web.wlu.ca/baa/login.php. You can e-mail your advisor at lbacademicadvising@wlu.ca.

The Brantford Foundations
 
FAQ - For Non-CT Majors

What is Brantford Foundations and what does it mean for me?

  • For students not in Honours CT, the Brantford Foundations is the new core program for Laurier Brantford starting in 2013/2014. Replacing the General CT Major for new students and for current students if they choose, the BF core is not a major, minor, option, teachable, and is not noted on your degree.

If I have taken CT121, CT122, CT220, and CT221, do I have to re-take the Brantford Foundation Courses?

  • No, as some of the couses exclude each other and you cannot have credit for both in your degree. To determine whether you already have the new BF core, you can use the chart below.
     CT121 or BF190 (starting 2013/2014)  CT122 or BF199 (starting 2014/2015)
     CT221 or BF290 (starting 2013/2014)  CT220 or BF299 (starting 2014/2015)

Am I still required to complete the General CT Major that appears on my Worksheet?

  • That is now up to you. Continuing students may choose to complete the new Brantford Foundations, or the General Contemporary Studies Major as it currently exists.

What are the advantages of the General CT Major?

  • The General CT Major is ten 0.5 credit courses (5.0 credits), and will appear on your degree. If, for example, you are in Honours Criminology, you will graduate with an Honours Major in Criminology and a General Major in Contemporary Studies.

What are the advantages of the BF core?

  • The BF core is four 0.5 credit courses (2.0 credits). The new smaller core frees up 3.0 credits for students to pursue a Minor, Option, or other electives in which they are interested.

Is there a Minor in CT or BF?

  • No, neither can be packaged into a Minor. The choice is the 5.0 credit General CT Major, or the 2.0 credit BF requirement.

I completed CT111 or CT/ID120 instead of CT121 or CT122. Can I use them toward the BF core?

  • No you may not. CT111 and CT/ID120 are great courses, but do not cover the same content and skills as BF190 and BF199. If you completed CT111 and or CT/ID120, you may want to complete the General CT Major.

I want to stay in General CT. What do I do?

  • Nothing. All current students will automatically continue in the General CT program.

I want to switch to BF. What do I do?

  • Throughout March and April students with one Honours Major will be able to confirm their Honours Major without the General CT Major on LORIS. Students with Combined Majors will need to complete the Program Selection Form. (https://www.wlu.ca/forms_detail.php?grp_id=1365&frm_id=540) If you have any questions about how to complete the Program Selection Form, please contact Service Laurier

I'm having trouble deciding. What should I do?

  • If you are unsure which option is best for you, do not hesitate to make an appointment with an academic advisor, and/or visit the Career Development Centre to discuss what would benefit you the most. We will give you as much information as we can to help you make the best decision for you.

 
FAQ - For CT Majors

I'm considering changing my honours CT (20 credit) or General CT (15 credit) program, what should I do?

  • It is strongly encouraged that you meet with an Academic Advisor to review your registration and choose your courses. If you are interested in repeating a CT course as a BF course to raise your GPA, please refer to the chart above and contact your academic advisor. To book an appointment with an Academic Advisor please visit: https://web.wlu.ca/baa/login.php.

Do I need to switch programs?

  • No, the BF core will replace the General Contemporary Studies (CT) Major for students who are NOT already majoring in Contemporary Studies

Is the information provided to non-CT majors applicable to me?

  • No - it is not applicable to you unless you change your program. Please note that Concurrent Education students are required to major in CT (as a single or combined major)