Skip to main content

Experience Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Year-to-Year Experience Guides

The following is a year-to-year outline of the kinds of experiential learning activities that work well with your program.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

First Yearbrain

  • Take English courses to learn key concepts associated with analysis, elements of literary interpretations, academic and research skills, and explore other programs of interest.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Attend the "Meet the Prof Night" and get to know your professors.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.
  • Meet with your academic advisor if you have any questions about requirements or degree options, or for advice about selecting courses.
  • Take the Intro to Academic Writing course.
  • Consider completing spring/summer courses to get ahead in your studies.

Middle Years

  • Explore a variety of critical approaches by taking varied courses and ensure you are meeting your category requirements.
  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Consider taking social entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Consider registering in a course with a Community Service-Learning component to apply your learning outside of the classroom.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions.
  • Take courses in writing, literary theory, British literary tradition, contemporary American literature, Canadian literature, world literatures, genres, special topics or specific authors as you refine your conceptual, reading and writing skills.
  • Consider creative writing as a possible focus for your study in English.

Final Year

  • Learn about Research or Instructional Assistantship opportunities in English.
  • Complete seminar courses to build reading, analytical, writing, research, presentation and communication skills.
  • Participate in class discussions, deliver oral presentations and conference-style papers on specialized research topics.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Attend a departmental information session.
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.
  • Consider a special option for high-achieving students to complete one course in the English master's program.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

First Yearspeech bubbles

Middle Years

  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Consider a student representative position on the department or faculty committee.
  • Apply to work as a tutor in the Writing Centre.
  • Attend the "What Can You Do With An English Degree?" series.
  • Meet the Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence.
  • Participate in faculty- and student-led creative writing/literary events.
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Be a part of the Library Council or Student Advisory Group.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Become an editor or other staff member for the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts (LUJA).
  • Take advantage of the Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence program and refine your writing skills through events, lectures, workshops and one-on-one meetings with the resident writer.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

First Yearhead

Middle Years

Final Year

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

First Yearbrain

Middle Years

  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option to complement your degree.
  • Attend the Vancouver Film School Pathway program.
  • Submit your academic work to the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts for a chance to be published.
  • Consider taking social entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions.

Final Year

  • Learn about Research or Instructional Assistantship opportunities in Film Studies.
  • Attend the Society for Cinema and Media Studies undergraduate conference.
  • Present at the Undergraduate Film Symposium.
  • Thinking of pursuing graduate school?
    • Consider the directed study or graduate course option for fourth year.
    • Talk to your professors and visit the Career Centre.
    • Sign up for a scholarship proposal-writing workshop or book a writing consultation for help with your proposals.

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

First Yearspeech bubbles

Middle Years

  • Look for volunteer cast and crew opportunities on local productions.
  • Share your music taste as a DJ on Radio Laurier.
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Be a part of the Film Studies Advisory Group.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Get involved with Kitchener-Waterloo's Commons Studio and the Grand River Film Festival.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Volunteer with the Grand River Film Festival or Kitchener-Waterloo’s Commons Studio.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

First Yearhead

Middle Years

Final Year

Your graduate degree at Laurier will take you in many different directions and prepare you to be a leader in both your field and community. Your Laurier experience includes many opportunities to engage both in and outside the classroom.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides academic leadership, administrative support and program advice to all graduate students. There are also scholarships and financial awards, fellowships and other teaching and research assistantship positions that you can access during your time at Laurier.

Graduate students gain knowledge about professional skill development through Laurier’s ASPIRE program. This program provides a framework for you to design an extracurricular learning plan for navigating your professional journey and entry to the workplace. There are also teaching certificates, career development workshops and other skill development opportunities.

The Graduate Students’ Association provides many services and supports with a focus on wellness. They provide various opportunities to be involved and contribute to the Laurier community.

The Laurier graduate school experience is more than research and scholarship – it’s about becoming an engaged citizen and applying your advanced knowledge to real-world problems.

Checklists

Completing the checklists below will also help ensure your academic, professional, and personal success during your time at Laurier – and beyond.

Academic Success Checklistpencil

Experience Checklistnotepad

Career Opportunitieshandshake

When you're ready to start thinking about your life after graduation, you should check out the career and postgraduate options for people with degrees in English or Film Studies.

Contact Us:

E: English and Film Studies
T: 519.884.0710 x3257
Office Location: 3-120 Woods Building

Chair

Robin Waugh

Graduate Program Co-ordinator

Jing Jing Chang

English Program Advisor

Jenny Kerber

Film Program Advisor

Russell Kilbourn