Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Honours BA Global Studies in Combination with another Honours BA Program

The Combined Honours Global Studies degree has the same requirements as the Single Honours degree, but the total number of required GS credits is 7.0.

These credits will include:
GS101, GS201,
GS202, 2.0 additional 200 level GS credits,
1.0 300 level GS credit,
1.0 400 level GS credit,
and 1.5 additional senior GS credits.

Students doing a Combined Honours in Global Studies are also required to complete the language credit, as outlined in the single Honours Global Studies section.

Additional Information
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.