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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. 

"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."

– Alison McLaren


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2+2 Agreement: Community Worker Diploma from George Brown College

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:

Brantford Foundations (Core Required Courses)

  • BF190: Modernity and the Contemporary World
  • BF199: Academic Literacy: Humanities
  • BF290: Modernity: Critique and Resistance
  • BF299: Academic Literacy: Social Sciences

Social and Environmental Justice Courses

  • SOJE100: The Engaged Citizen: Social and Environmental Justice in the 21st Century
  • SOJE215: Environmental Concerns: From the Grand to the Globe
  • SOJE222: Digital and Social Media: Critical Approaches
  • SOJE250: Understanding Global Capitalism
  • SOJE255: The Democratic Imagination
  • SOJE312: Sustainability and Global Society
  • SOJE370: Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice
  • SOJE425: Social and Environmental Capstone: Another World is Possible

Additional Related Discipline Courses

2.5 senior SOJE credits including a maximum of 0.5 credit from the following related discipline courses:

  • DMJN327/MX327: Social Documentary
  • EN210: Literature and Social Change
  • EN250: Literature, Nature, Ecocriticism
  • GG231: Risks and Disasters: A Geographical Introduction
  • GG270: Cultural Geographies
  • HI240: The Active Historian
  • HI349: History of International Relations, 1890-1991
  • HR223/DMJN223: Understanding Public Policy for Issue Advocacy
  • HR231: Human Rights and the Environment
  • ID201: Indigenous Perspectives on Globalization
  • ID207: Gender and Indigenous Communities
  • LY300: Perspectives on Justice
  • PP224: Philosophy and the Environment
  • WORK320: Global Labour Issues
  • WS204: Women, Gender and Work

Elective Courses

1.5 senior-level credits in any discipline.

Learn More About Transferring to Laurier

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 these pathway descriptions. 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.

Contact Us:

Alicia Schiassi, Academic Program Assistant

E: aschiassi@wlu.ca
T: 519.756.8228 x5517

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