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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
November 21, 2014
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Arts Co-op and Science Co-op

Co-op students in Arts or Science complete two work terms, which normally take place in the summer following their second and third years. Students apply for Arts Co-op and Science Co-op in the winter term of their first year.

Arts Co-op

The Faculty of Arts is an intriguing and balanced mixture of traditional liberal arts departments and innovative interdisciplinary programs. A hallmark of the faculty is its emphasis on both solid disciplinary training and research, while encouraging innovations in interdisciplinary programming and projects.

Arts Co-op majors

Students often take the majors below in combination with a second major, such as Cultural Studies, Anthropology, North American Studies or Women & Gender Studies. Co-op is available to honours students in the following majors:

  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, including Greek and Latin
  • Archaeology
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Geography *
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Languages & Literatures, including French and Spanish
  • Near Eastern and Classical Archaeology 
  • North American Archaeology 
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religion & Culture
  • Sociology

Science Co-op

Laurier’s Faculty of Science offers programs that are contemporary and competitive, designed to attract the highest quality students and to provide them with a stimulating education and thorough preparation for employment or further studies. Small class sizes in the science programs provide an opportunity for interaction between students and faculty, and for practical laboratory learning. The faculty is a centre for research in the natural, physical and social sciences.

Science Co-op majors

Available to honours students in the following majors:

  • Biochemistry & Biotechnology
  • Biology*
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Computing & Computer Electronics
  • Financial Mathematics*
  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology & Physical Education*
  • Mathematics*
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Psychology*

* Available as both a BA and BSc

Professional Experience Program (PEP)

This program, available to Honours Computing & Computer Electronics, Honours Computer Science, and Honours Photonics students, includes a work term lasting from 12 to 16 months. Students normally pursue work terms in areas such as programming, networking technology, quality assurance, technical support or information technology consulting. Students apply in the fall of their third year, and PEP students return to Laurier for their final year of study.

Arts Co-op and Science Co-op work/study sequence

 Fall (Sept - Dec)
Winter (Jan - April)
Spring (May - Aug)
 Year 1
 classes  classes  summer vacation 
 Year 2
 classes  classes  work term
 Year 3
 classes  classes  work term
 Year 4
 classes  classes

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