Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2006/2007
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Laurier's Brantford campus offers a unique core curriculum in contemporary studies that can be combined with many other programs. All full-time students on the Brantford Campus are required to complete 5.0 credits in contemporary studies (4.0 of these at the senior level).

The Honours BA Contemporary Studies program is a four-year, 20.0-credit program that allows for advanced and in depth interdisciplinary study. The General BA Contemporary Studies program is a three-year, 15.0-credit program that is designed to promote a broad understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to understand contemporary issues and concerns.

The Brantford Campus has developed a broad, comprehensive Honours BA Criminology program, which will suit students who wish to use criminology as a basis for a variety of different career paths. Especially as students must combine criminology with the contemporary studies program, they will emerge with solid critical thinking, communication and writing skills, and with significant credentials for advanced careers in criminology in Canada and beyond.

The Honours BA Journalism program at Laurier Brantford is designed for students who seek employment as journalists in mass media, or who wish to pursue journalism as general education, and for those who wish to use studies in journalism as a preparation for other careers (in public relations, writing, web management, etc.) and/or education. Journalism at Laurier, which is also combined with contemporary studies, will emphasize its natural ties to a liberal arts education.

The Honours BA Organizational Leadership program, combined with contemporary studies focuses on the interdisciplinary problems facing our leaders and our organizations. It explores, from a liberal arts perspective, a range of historical and emerging contemporary resources relevant to these challenges. Graduates will find themselves well equipped to understand organizations and leadership, and well prepared for leadership positions in a wide range of organizations.

A concurrent BA/BEd degree is offered on the Brantford Campus, through a partnership with Nipissing University's Faculty of Education. In four years, students can complete the requirements for both a Laurier BA in contemporary studies and a Nipissing BEd. The BEd provides students with the necessary requirements for teacher certification. The program is intended for graduating high school students.

The Brantford Children's Education and Development Option, combined with contemporary studies, is a program designed for students who wish to apply to teacher's college, complete a masters of social work, or move on to employment working with or on behalf of children, after completing their BA. The program is open to high school applicants and mature and transfer students.

Brantford's core program can also be combined with a minor in criminology, human rights and human diversity, journalism, organizational leadership and indigenous studies, and with the arts and science majors, minors and options listed below. Some of these programs are only available at the Brantford Campus.

Brantford students may pursue other programs by taking advantage of articulation agreements, which allow students to combine their studies with college programs available at Mohawk College and Conestoga College. A variety of programs are available. They include human resources, small business management, police foundations, graphic design and instructor for the blind and visually impaired.