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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 Sociology courses and explore other programs of interest.
  • Take the Introduction to Academic Writing course.
  • Learn about co-op – apply at the end of your first year.
  • Review your program requirements and plan for a successful degree path.
  • Attend "Meet the Prof" events.

Middle Years

  • Explore courses in related areas of study and begin thinking about a minor or an option (e.g. Community Engagement) to complement your degree.
  • Consider the Research Specialization in Applied Social Research.
  • Consider taking social entrepreneurship or entrepreneurship courses.
  • Ensure you are taking all the program prerequisites in theory and research methods.
  • Submit your academic work to the Laurier Undergraduate Journal of the Arts or look for publication opportunities with faculty members.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to make key academic decisions, including thinking about post degree studies (in human resources, social work, graduate studies, etc.).

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Be a note taker through the Accessible Learning Centre.
  • Volunteer to be an O-Week Icebreaker and welcome incoming first years.
  • Enrol in courses with a Community Service-Learning component to gain experience outside the classroom.

Final Year

  • Apply for an executive position in an on-campus club.
  • Join the Canadian Sociology Association (CSA) as a student member.
  • Attend the Career and Job Fairs to network with employers.
  • Look into the LaunchPad program for the opportunity to discover, validate and launch an innovative new venture.
  • Attend professionalization workshops on careers and jobs.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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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.


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

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When you're ready to start thinking about your life after graduation, you should check out the career and postgraduate options for people with a degree in Sociology.