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Being 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 (formerly Society, Culture and Environment) is unique in Canada – we provide you with the knowledge, skills and inspiration 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 program not only nurtures engaged citizens who participate in their communities, but also develops fundamental employability skills such as writing, speaking and teamwork. Embracing Laurier’s designation as a Changemaker Campus, the program offers courses that prepare you to take a leadership role in finding innovative solutions to our world’s social and environmental problems, such as global poverty and climate change.

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.

The broad-based education provided by our Social and Environmental Justice program will suit a wide range of interests and career goals, including those interested in education, law, social services, business and more. Our graduates are socially aware citizens and inspirational leaders in their communities who contribute to a more positive collective future for all.

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Social and Environmental Justice

Program Highlights

  • Tutorials are offered as part of our introductory course, Current Issues in Global Context, giving you the valuable opportunity of engaging in a small classroom environment during your first year of university.
  • Earn a degree from Laurier and a graduate certificate from Conestoga College, all at Laurier’s Brantford campus, and all in four years. Both programs would normally take you five years to complete.
  • Fourth-year Social and Environmental Justice students can gain experience through a community-based internship in the Brantford area.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Digital and Social Media: Critical Approaches
  • Environmental Concerns: From the Grand to the Globe
  • The Democratic Imagination
  • Popular Culture and Meaning

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International Baccalaureate Requirements

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


  • A wide range of organizations and agencies have employed our graduates: the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Grand Erie District School Board, YMCA, United Way, TD Canada Trust, Rogers Communications, Cooperators Insurance, and Grand River Conservation Area.
  • Graduates have been employed as teachers, curriculum developers, business planners, financial advisors, not-for-profit campaign associates, youth workers and more.
  • Going on to graduate studies or specialized training is also a choice for many of our graduates. Recent graduates have gone on to additional schooling in business administration, social work, labour and environmental studies, law, and early childhood education.

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