With our emphasis on experiential learning, Laurier combines world-class teaching and real-world learning.
From mathematics to music, our programs change the way you view — and experience — the world around you.
We offer a wide range of academic options and minors that enhance and focus the objective of your degree and educational experience.
Some programs offer many opportunities for fieldwork, placements and practicums. For example, Geography students often find themselves in downtown streets for urban studies or in the rivers of the far north for water science. Here are just a few other examples of other engaging academic opportunities at Laurier:
Interested in knowing how politicians handle media crises or the most effective advocacy strategies for policy influence? Political Science and North American Studies students have the option to obtain a Certificate in Practical Politics by completing four workshops. Coordinated by John Milloy, former provincial cabinet minister and legislative assistant, these workshops provide skills to get you ready for the job market.
Are you an aspiring angel investor, itching to know what it’s like to evaluate and invest in early-stage companies? Take our Startup Fund practicum course that gives you experience investing real money in real companies. Learn how to conduct due diligence, evaluate and seal the deal through this unique opportunity.
Have a knack for programming and a vision for mobile trends? Interested in smart phone apps and learning the programming language Objective-C? Since 2010, Laurier offers a senior-level Computer Science course that includes an app programming competition. You'll gain firsthand experience in identifying and overcoming the challenges of app development, while creating mobile tools that can help, for example, list products in marketplaces or even help smokers kick the bad habit.
There’s no doubt that Laurier faculty and students are passionate about their community — that’s why it’s a beautiful thing when all three are brought together through engaging courses and programs.
We think volunteering in a school, non-profit organization or community centre can be one of the most rewarding learning experiences. That’s why we offer Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses through several programs, complete with placement opportunities (or you can suggest your own).
Laurier's Walls to Bridges program connects incarcerated and non-incarcerated students through courses in the Faculty of Social Work and Faculty of Arts. You'll take classes at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, delving into topics such as the sociology of race and ethnicity in a transformative experiential approach that illustrates the complexities surrounding Canada’s criminal justice system.
It’s not uncommon to see Laurier Music students performing their course material at local schools, retirement centres and churches. Kinesiology and Physical Education students spend close to 100 hours promoting fitness and building leadership skills through community activities. Students in the Game Design and Development program participate in a community game development project each semester — and, in their senior year, are required to create a change-inspired game in collaboration with the Brantford Games Network and a community partner.
Year after year, Laurier faculty members are exploring and publishing renowned reports on pressing issues — and yes, you can get involved too. Science students often work with research faculty using specialized instruments in the the lab or out in the field, but no matter which faculty you're a part of, there's bound to be a research centre you can get involved with.
Laurier has partnerships with 65 universities in more than 20 different countries, so it's easy to find a new culture to explore while earning course credit through an international exchange. If going abroad for a whole semester isn't your thing, there are many opportunities to take an international field course, or even gain global experience right at home! So go ahead and practice Spanish in Spain, walk around the French battlefield you're studying in History, or dig up artifacts at an archaeological site in Greece.
Student Exchange Program
Laurier has partnered with universities all over the world to offer exchange programs to our students. Studying abroad allows you to broaden your perspective of the world and gain an increased sense of self and independence while building skills transferable to future employment.
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