Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.
As of July 1, 2016, Sara Matthews will take over from Tanya Richardson as the Global Studies academic advisor. Email any advising questions or requests for an appointment directly to email@example.com.
You may also seek assistance or have questions answered by the academic administrative assistant for Global Studies. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519.884.1970 x3968 if you cannot reach Matthews or if she is away.
Declaring as a Global Studies Major
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Honours BA in Global Studies
The Honours BA in Global Studies program consists of 20.0 credits, including a minimum of 10.0 but no more than 12.0 credits in Global Studies. 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.
Credit Requirements (10.0 credits)
- 9.5 senior credits in Global Studies courses, which must include the following:
- 2.0 additional credits at the 200 level
- 1.0 credit at the 300 level
- 1.0 credit at the 400 level
- 4.5 additional senior Global Studies credits
- With department approval, a quantitative methods course taught in another department may count toward senior Global Studies (GS) credit requirements, up to a maximum of 0.5 credit.
- 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
In addition to the Global Studies course requirements above, students must also complete a 1.0 credit in non-English language study. Language courses may be taken (a) at Laurier, (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 Department of Global Studies. Courses taught in English may not be counted as a substitute for this requirement.
- Global Studies single majors who have taken 1.0 credit of junior language study may count up to 1.0 credit of senior language study toward the senior Global Studies credit requirements for the degree.
- 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.
- 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 Department of Global Studies. In the very specific cases where the language requirement is waived, an additional 1.0 Global Studies credit must be completed in its place.
Global Studies Experience
Global Studies strongly encourages students to extend their education beyond the classroom. One way to do this is to complete the Global Studies Experience, which offers students the opportunity to create an active link between academic learning and hands-on experience in the field. The Global Studies Experience is optional.
Honours BA in Global Studies in Combination with Another Honours Program
The combined Honours BA in Global Studies degree has the same requirements as the single honours degree, but the total number of required Global Studies (GS) credits is 7.0.
These credits will include:
- 2.0 additional 200-level GS credits
- 1.0 300-level GS credit
- 1.0 400-level GS credit
- 1.5 additional senior GS credits
Language Credit Requirement
Students doing a combined Honours in Global Studies are also required to complete the language credit, as outlined in the single Honours BA in Global Studies section.
Note: Global Studies combined majors who have taken 1.0 credit of junior language study may count up to 0.5 credit of senior language study toward the senior GS credit requirements for the degree.
Minor in Global Studies
Note: 300- and 400-level courses are normally closed to non-Global Studies students. Students conducting a minor may be admitted to higher level Global Studies courses if space permits.
Research Specialization Option
The Research Specialization is intended to prepare students for advanced study and work opportunities. Completion will result in a “Research Specialization” designation on student transcripts. The requirements for the Research Specialization are as follows.
To declare the specialization, students must have:
- Already completed a minimum of 1.0 credit in 300-level GS courses; and
- A minimum GPA of 8.00 (B) in GS credits.
To graduate, students must:
- Complete a total of 2.0 or more GS credits at the 400 level, of which at least 1.5 must be GS400‡:Seminar in Global Studies;
- Have a cumulative GPA in their GS courses above 8.00;
- Fulfill at least one of the following additional requirements:
- Complete the Global Studies Experience;
- Complete a (1.0) senior language credit; or
- Study abroad for one semester.
Note: Students registered in the Research Specialization have enrolment priority for the GS400‡ seminar. However, depending on availability, the seminar is open to non-Research Specialization students who have completed 1.0 credits at the 300 level and who have a minimum GPA of 8.00 in GS credits.
Social Entrepreneurship Option
The Social Entrepreneurship Option is available to all Laurier students enrolled in an undergraduate honours program.
The Social Entrepreneurship Option is comprised of 4.0 mandatory credits, combined with two non-credit placements: one international and one local.
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