Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2009/2010
Canadian Excellence

Honours BA Global Studies

The Honours Global Studies program consists of 20.0 credits, of which not more than 6.0 credits may be in 100 level courses (refer to exceptions below). Of the 20.0 credits, students are required to complete 10.0 GS credits and 1.0 language credit.

GS Credit Requirements (10.0 credits):
GS101, plus 9.5 senior credits in Global Studies courses, which must include the following:
GS201, GS202 plus 2.0 additional credits at the 200 level,
1.0 credit at the 300 level; and
1.0 credit at the 400 level; and
4.5 additional senior GS credits.


  1. With department approval, a quantitative methods course taught in another department may count toward senior GS credit requirements, up to a maximum of 0.5 credit.
  2. Students who consider pursuing graduate studies in the area of international development are advised that MA programs in this field often include Macro and Microeconomics among their application requirements. For Global Studies majors who take 100 level economics courses during Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4, and who have already accumulated 6.0 junior credits, these courses will not be counted toward the maximum 6.0 limit on 100 level credits.

Language Credit Requirement

(1.0 credit): In addition to the GS course requirements above, students must also complete a 1.0 credit in non-English language study. Language courses may be taken (a) at WLU, (b) at other recognized universities in Canada on a letter of permission, or (c) abroad on a letter of permission and with the prior written consent of the GS Department. Courses taught in English may not be counted as a substitute for this requirement.


  1. Global Studies Majors may count up to 1.0 credit of senior language study toward the senior GS credit requirements for the degree.
  2. For Global Studies Majors who take 100 level language courses during Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4, and who have already accumulated 6.0 junior credits, these courses (up to a maximum of 1.0 credit) will not be counted toward the maximum 6.0 limit on 100 level credits.
  3. Students who are actively in the process of learning English as a second language in the course of their studies at Laurier may apply to have this language credit waived by the GS Department. In the very specific cases where the language requirement is waived, an additional 1.0 GS credit must be completed in its place.

Global Studies Experience (GSE):

Global Studies strongly encourages students to extend their education beyond the classroom. One way to do this is to complete the Global Studies Experience (GSE), which offers students the opportunity to create an active link between academic learning and hands-on experience in the field. The GSE is optional. It consists of student-initiated volunteer or work placements, which must be conducted in a field setting outside Canada. The placements are preceded by completion of GS398 and followed by completion of GS399. In certain cases placements in Canada will be considered, where a student is able to demonstrate a substantive equivalence with a placement abroad. In all cases, students must apply to the GSE Advisor for pre-approval of their placements and permission to enrol in GS398 and GS399.

To apply for the GSE and enrol in GS398, students must be

  • in either the Honours or the Combined Honours program,
  • have completed at least 2.0 GS credits at the 200 level, and
  • have attained at least a 7.0 (B-) average in their GS courses.
Proposed placements are judged for their appropriateness with respect to the goals of generating intercultural experiences and augmenting student learning in areas related to the GS curriculum. All placements must take place between May and August and must last at least four weeks. There are four steps to completion of the GSE, as follows:
  1. apply in the fall semester for conditional pre-approval of the proposed field placement and permission to enrol in GS398;
  2. obtain final approval for the field placement and successfully complete GS398 during winter semester;
  3. complete the minimum four week field placement sometime between May-August; and 4. complete GS 399 in the fall semester following the field placement.


Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revisions April 14, 2009: Single Honours program and GSE changes; effective September 1, 2009.