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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
November 27, 2015
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A minor is a secondary area of concentration in an honours program.  A minor consists of 3.0 credits.  Minors have specific program requirements that must be met.  A minor appears on a transcript, but not on a degree.  You declare your minor on your application for graduation.

A minor can be pursued in the following programs:

  • Criminology
  • English  
  • Geography
  • Health Studies
  • History
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Journalism
  • Law and Society
  • Leadership
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Culture


The minor in Criminology consists of 3.0 credits in CC courses, inluding CC100, and 2.5 additional CC credits, of which at least 2.0 must be senior.


1.0 credits of 100 level English courses and 2.0 senior English credits.


GG101, GG102 and 2.0 senior Geography credits, including one of GG260, GG270, GG281, GG282, GG290/ES290.

Health Studies

The minor in Health Studies consists of 3.0 credits, 2.0 of which are senior. This includes 1.5 HS credits, including HS101 and 1.5 additional credits within the Honours Health Studies program (can be HS courses).


The History minor consists of 3.0 credits. No more than 1.0 of these 3.0 credits may be at the 100-level. Courses taken for the History minor must meet the following requirements:

1.0 credit must be from among Canadian history courses HI111, HI112, HI117, HI118 or any 200 or 300 level course designated by a {C}.

1.0 credit must be from among European history courses HI101, HI102, HI104, HI105, HI108, HI109 or a 200 or 300 level course designated by an {E}.

Human Rights & Human Diversity

The minor consists of 3.0 credits: CT260/HR260, HR261 and an additional 2.0 credits in elective courses approved for the program. At least a 0.5 credit must be selected from courses listed in Category I and at least a 0.5 credit must be selected from courses listed in Category II.

In choosing from the following list of elective courses, students should be aware that some of these courses have prerequisites, not all will be offered at the Brantford Campus and some may require prior permission of the Faculty of Arts. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.

Category I: Human Rights
CC313/HR313/LY313 - Mean Justice: Criminal Injustice, Ethics & Rights
CC325/HR325 - Crimes Against Humanity
CC326/HR326 - Transitional Justice
CO320/HR320 - Children’s Rights
HR321/JN321 - Journalism, Human Rights and International Development
HR323/LY323 - Rights in Canada: Rights, Freedoms and the Charter
HR328 - The United Nations in the 21st Century
HR329/HS329 - Global Health and Social Justice
HR331 - Human Rights and the Environment
HR360 - Special Topics in Human Rights
OL327 - Understanding International Organizations
SY333/AN333 - Human Rights I: Canadian Responsibility (Waterloo Campus)

Category II: Human Diversity
CT324 - Encounters with the Global
CT355/HR355 - Reconsidering Race and Oppression
CT370/HR370 - Gender Theories and Cultures
EN324 - Canadian Women's Writing
HR100 - Human Rights & Human Diversity
HR212/JN212 - Journalism and Social Change
HR219/HS219 - Critical Disabilities Studies
HR350/OL350 - Multicultural Competence
HR361 - Special Topics in Human Diversity
HS219 - Critical Disabilities Studies
HS311 - Diversity and Aging
ID201 - Indigenous Perspectives on Global Issues
RE366 - Religion and Violence
WS304 - Women, Migration and Diaspora

Indigenous Studies

Students completing the Indigenous Studies minor must complete the requirements for the Contemporary Studies program, and 3.0 credits, including CT120/ID120, and at least 2.0 senior ID credits.


The minor in Journalism consists of at least 3.0 credits, within the Honours Journalism program, including JN101/MX101, JN204, JN212/HR212, JN214, and a 0.5 credit 300 level journalism course.

Law and Society

The Law & Society minor consists of 3.0 credits, including  LY100, LY200 and 2.0 additional credits from the Law & Society program, of which 0.5 credits must by LY.  Of the 3.0 credits, at least 2.0 must be senior.


The minor in Leadership consists of 3.0 credits, including CC233/OL233, CT224/OL224, OL310, and 1.5 additional credits from within the Honours Leadership program.  No fewer than 2.0 credits may be senior.


Any 3.0 credits in Philosophy, including at least 2.0 senior credits.


PS100* or both PS101 and PS102, and 2.0 senior psychology credits, including a minimum of a 0.5 credit from each of the following three areas:
Brain, Behaviour, Cognitive Science: PS260, PS261, PS262, PS263, PS264.
Social Science: PS270, PS271, PS275, PS276, PS277.
Applied: PS222, PS280, PS282, PS283, PS284, PS285.

Religion and Culture

The Religion and Culture minor consists of 3.0 Religion and Culture credits, including RE207 and at least 1.5 additonal senior RE credits.


Any one who is interested in obtaining a French minor should make an Appointment with their Academic Advisor.

Questions? Make and appointment with an academic advisor!

For more information, contact:

Jamie-Lee Wheeler

P|: 519.756.8228 ext.5790