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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.


About Social and Environmental Justice at Laurier

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 Practice 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. 

Earn a Degree and a Certificate

We 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, you can earn both a Laurier Honours BA degree and a Conestoga graduate certificate.

The Sustainable Business Management program provides you 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 you with practical workplace experience.

"My years at Laurier Brantford were some of the best of my life. The tight-knit community was a perfect fit for me, and offered me leadership opportunities that I likely would not have pursued elsewhere. 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


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