Cultural Studies (BA in Combination)

Develop insights into the world around you by examining how humans live and interact with culture. Gain an understanding of the way in which cultural developments impact societal issues like class, race, gender, sexuality, and power. Expand your appreciation how you can engage with contemporary issues, empower others, and work toward positive change. Graduate with the knowledge and practical experience to pursue opportunities across numerous, diverse fields. 

This program must be combined with another Bachelor of Arts program. 

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you can add to your Cultural Studies program:

  • Thinking about graduate studies? Participate in the faculty-led research opportunities available to you.
  • Study abroad for an academic term to immerse yourself in another culture.
  • Have an idea for a new business? Join the StartUp Lab program for the opportunity to launch an innovative venture.
  • Combine your Cultural Studies program with another program, like Sociology or Political Science, and apply for co-op at the end of your first year.

Check out the Cultural Studies Experience and Career Guide for more!


2022 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2022

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or January (winter term)     OUAC code: UH

Program Options and Courses

Design Your Degree

This program must be completed in combination with another Bachelor of Arts program. You can easily pair your studies with Communication Studies, English, Film Studies, Global Studies or Women and Gender Studies, among others.

In addition, you can add an option or minor that will allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge. A few examples of popular options and minors include:

  • Applied Social Research Option
  • Teaching Option (Coming soon!)
  • Human Relationships Minor
  • Intercultural Understanding Option
  • Public Policy Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Exploring Cultural Studies
  • Studying Popular Culture
  • 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Harry Potter and Medieval Culture
  • Mediterranean Culture and Civilization
  • Greatest Party in the World
  • Sociology II: Social Life

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Cartoons and Comics
  • Cultural Studies of Popular Music
  • Game Cultures
  • Networked & Digital Cultures

Community Service-Learning


Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • client support specialist
  • communications writer
  • community manager
  • copywriter
  • cultural anthropologist
  • digital media assistant
  • human resources professional
  • museum curator
  • reporter
  • social media strategist
  • technical writer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

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