Social and Environmental Justice (BA)

Want to change the world? This unique program will prepare you for a career in social and environmental justice by providing you with the knowledge, inspiration and career skills to directly contribute to the world. Our graduates are socially aware citizens and inspirational leaders in their communities who are contributing to a more positive, collective future for all.

This program is designed for students who have already completed a two-year college diploma.

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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’ll have access to in the Social and Environmental Justice program:

  • Support faculty in groundbreaking research about social and environmental justice on a local to global scale.
  • Complete the Intercultural Certificate with Laurier International and broaden your horizons.
  • Participate in a Community Internship and specialized courses in social innovation that have earned Laurier the status of Ashoka Changemaker Campus. 
  • Explore your interests by volunteering on campus with the Accessible Learning Centre, Wellness Education, the Sustainability Office and more.

Check out the Social and Environmental Justice Experience Guide.


2020 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 2019/20

*Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)


Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UCS

Students who have successfully completed George Brown College's two-year Community Worker program with a 75% average or better will be eligible for admission into Laurier's Bachelor of Arts in Social and Environmental Justice program.

This articulation is a 2+2 agreement, meaning successful participants will transfer in with two years of college education and complete their university degree in only two additional years of study at Laurier. In addition to the 10.0 transfer credits qualifying applicants will carry over from their college experience, 2+2 agreement participants will earn 10.0 credits over two years, as follows:

Awarding of Transfer Credits

The 10.0 transfer credits qualifying applicants will receive upon admission are:

Your Next Steps

If you have additional questions about your transition to Laurier, financial aid for transfer students or transfer credit evaluation, visit our transfer students website. If you are interested in transferring into this program with an academic history different than what is outlined above, apply using the 105 application form and your transfer credits will be assessed on an individual basis and reported to you, along with your offer letter, upon admission to Laurier.

Note: Not all program requirements are reflected in this pathway description. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all academic program and course requirements have been met. Refer to regulations in the academic calendar and connect with an academic advisor once you have accepted your offer.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Indigenous Studies Minor
  • International Development Option
  • Issue Advocacy Option
  • Law Option
  • Leadership Option or Minor
  • Social Innovation Specialization

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • The Engaged Citizen: Social and Environmental Justice in the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Modernity and the Contemporary World
  • Modernity: Critique and Resistance

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Indigenous Peoples and Media
  • Reporting and Writing for News
  • Studying Youth and Children: An Introduction

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Digital and Social Media: Critical Approaches
  • Sustainability and Global Society
  • Understanding Global Capitalism

Research and Practice

Our faculty investigate social and environmental justice issues from the local to the global scale. We engage with community partners to find innovative, creative solutions. In our classes, we passionately share our analyses of social inequality and environmental degradation, along with developing the knowledge and skills students need to become leaders and changemakers.

Meet some of our faculty making a difference academically and in the real world.

Tuition and Scholarships

Adding a degree to your diploma is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing funding opportunities, such as in-course scholarships, to help you to achieve your goals of obtaining a university degree. You will be automatically considered for in-course scholarships based on your Laurier GPA (grade point average). In-course scholarships are valued between $500 and $1,500 annually. They begin at a GPA of 10.0 (approximately 80%) and above.


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"The one thing I absolutely love about my program is the interdisciplinary nature and broad course content. I have been exposed to so many different issues our world is facing today. From my experience, employers value a broad set of skills, which is exactly what this program offers."

Brock Vaughan, Social and Environmental Justice graduate

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"My BA equipped me with the skills I needed to succeed not only in the education field, but in any career I choose; anywhere that you’ll need strong communication, analytical, interpersonal, research or critical thinking skills, an Arts grad has the tools required to excel."

Alison McLaren, Social and Environmental Justice graduate

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.

  • communications coordinator
  • diversity and equity officer
  • grant writer
  • human resources professional
  • humanitarian aid worker
  • insurance underwriter
  • lawyer/paralegal
  • non-profit program manager
  • public policy analyst
  • social worker

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.

Brantford Campus

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. Close to great walking and biking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour our Brantford 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.

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"As a mature student who had been out of school for some time, I received support and encouragement from my professors and classmates and enjoyed all that I was learning. I felt that I mattered. I also liked the diversity in courses and the professors’ various teaching styles."

Kelly Persall, Social and Environmental Justice graduate

Interested in More Info?

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