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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 20, 2014
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Dr. Lauren Eisler
Dr. Lauren Eisler


Recruitment & Admissions Office - Brantford Campus

I get to learn about serial killers and unsolved murders? I love Criminology

May 21/08

Last year, I took an introductory criminology course as one of my electives. Although I am in journalism, and did not intend to minor in criminology,I was well aware of the program’s popularity here at Laurier Brantford, and I wanted to see exactly what it had to offer. 

What a great decision! It was one of the most interesting classes I’ve taken.  It opened my eyes to the world of crime and the law, which is something that I would otherwise not know much about.

While some of what I learned was disturbing – we had lectures on serial killers and famous old murder stories – it was all interesting. 

Dr. Lauren Eisler is the program coordinator for criminology, and she credits much of the program’s success to its interdisciplinary format.  According to Dr. Eisler, “using this approach creates programs that are relevant to the fast-changing world of work and education, and helps prepare our students for reaching their career aspirations.”

I realize the word “interdisciplinary” comes up a lot throughout this entire newsletter –it is how the programs on campus are designed.  I, for one, like this, because it helps students relate to how the content discussed in class relates to the world outside of the classroom, the “real world.”

Another great asset of this program, says Eisler, is how quickly students begin studying what they want to study. 
“Laurier Brantford's criminology program is unique as it allows students to begin their study of criminology in their first year. Our courses in criminology include lectures, case discussions, seminars, diverse assignments and visits from a cross-section of individuals and groups associated with various fields of criminology,” she said.

Aside from class time, students have the opportunity to get even more involved in their field of study through the Criminology Students’ Association, which as Eisler says, “allows and encourages students to participate in extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experiences within the criminology program.”

At the end of the interview, Dr. Eisler offers some advice to first-year students.  She stresses the importance of attending class, as well as how rewarding involvement in extra-curricular activities can be. She concludes, “Get involved in the university community. The more you put into your university experience, the more you will get out of it.”

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