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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 Work (BSW)


Social work attempts to facilitate people’s full participation in society through advocating for structural change and through facilitating change in individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. People who are vulnerable to being disadvantaged by such differences as class, race, gender, age and ability are of particular concern.

Laurier’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program incorporates social work curriculum with humanities, arts and social science courses. This balanced approach promotes learning and development that is purposeful and holistic, preparing you for satisfying and productive work and civic participation.

A unique aspect of Laurier’s Social Work program is that it allows you to focus on Aboriginal issues and includes an examination of the cultural exchanges between Canada’s colonial processes and First Nations people.

Note: Laurier’s BSW program has received its initial standing from the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE). Current and future students will be eligible to apply for membership in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers upon graduation.

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Program Highlights

  • View the Social Work experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • We offer a field placement in your third and fourth year to assist you in learning through experience while providing supervised, pre-professional social work service to a community.
  • You will learn critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Thorough understanding of social work practice theory and methods.

Sample Courses

  • Human Behaviour and Environment
  • Child Welfare
  • Aboriginal Wholistic Healing
  • Creative Arts in Social Work Practice
  • Social Movements, Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations


International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 29.

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:

  • Indigenous Studies Minor
  • Youth and Children's Studies Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Criminology Minor
  • Law and Society Minor
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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