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Program Requirements

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.


At Laurier Brantford, all students are required to take four Foundations courses within your first two years. You cannot graduate unless these courses are completed. Foundations courses are designed to make sure you have a solid grasp of university-level writing, critical thinking, data management and scientific methodology, along with a basic understanding of the intellectual context for the ideas that you will be considering in your studies. To learn more about when you should take these courses, see the Program Roadmap.

Gateway Courses

We ask our Laurier Brantford students to take gateway courses, which provide you with an overview to essential topics, literary periods and national literatures of our discipline before you enrol in depth study courses. It is not required for you to take these courses before depth study courses but your professor may presume you have taken the gateway course and teach the course accordingly. Ideally, your gateway courses should be completed by the end of your second year or the beginning of your third year.