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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Social and Environmental Justice (BA)


Our Social and Environmental Justice program is unique in Canada – we provide you with the knowledge, inspiration and career skills to directly contribute to the world we live in both locally and globally. Our curriculum examines topics such as poverty and policies to reduce income inequality, climate change and sustainable communities, and citizens’ roles in a democratic society. Our graduates are socially aware citizens and inspirational leaders in their communities who contribute to a more positive collective future for all.

Embracing Laurier's designation as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus, the program prepares you for a career in the field of social and environment justice through targeted courses such as Social and Environmental Justice in Practise and the Community Internship. In addition, the Social Innovation Specialization supports the development of the entrepreneurial skills needed to be successful in your own socially focused business venture or within an established organization. 

We also offer the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social and Environmental Justice in combination with one of two graduate certificates from Conestoga College: Sustainable Business Management (formerly Green Management) or Community and Social Service Management. Students choosing this route, take courses for the Conestoga certificate program in their third year of studies in classrooms on Laurier’s Brantford campus. In just four years, students following this pathway can earn both a Laurier Honours BA degree and a Conestoga graduate certificate.

The Sustainable Business Management program provides students with the opportunity to develop and implement a sustainability action plan. The Community and Social Service Management program includes a work placement opportunity that provides students with practical workplace experience.

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Contact Us:

Brenda Murphy, Program Coordinator

T: 519.756.8228 x5718

Celine Taillefer-Travers, Academic Program Assistant

T: 519.756.8228 x5979
Office Location: RCE 312

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Info for Current Students

Social and Environmental Justice

Program Highlights

  • View the Social and Environmental Justice experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Tutorials are offered as part of our introductory course, The Engaged Citizen: Social and Environmental Justice in the 21st Century, giving you the valuable opportunity of engaging in a small classroom environment during your first year of university.
  • This program provides a foundation for multiple post-graduate program opportunities such as Laurier's Master's in Social Justice and Community Engagement.
  • Senior level students can gain work-related experience through community based internships either in the Brantford area or El Salvador.

Sample Courses

  • Social and Environmental Justice in Practice
  • Sustainability and Global Society
  • The Democratic Imagination
  • Gender, Sex and Social Justice

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International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 24.

Design Your Degree

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

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

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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