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Community Engagement Option

The Community Engagement Option expands and challenges worldviews within an educational setting that blends both classroom and experiential learning.

The Community Engagement Option is a unique and innovative partnership of Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Arts and The Working Centre. The Working Centre is a highly respected non-profit, community-based, volunteer-inspired venture in Kitchener.

The Community Engagement Option offers credit courses that provide you with experiential learning opportunities in downtown Kitchener focused on social inclusion, local democracy, and community enterprise. You'll learn about these concepts while attending classes in various locations across the downtown and while participating as a volunteer within the many initiatives of The Working Centre. You will read, reflect and participate together with other students as a means to deepen your learning about community.

The Community Engagement Option will appeal most to senior undergraduate students who are passionate about social justice and who are ready to start transitioning from university to the broader world – in this case, from classroom-type learning to learning with others in a context that values civic engagement, cultural diversity and respect for others.

Program Requirements

The Community Engagement Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. You must complete three core courses and a further 2.0 credits from a list of specific electives.

To obtain the Community Engagement Option designation on your transcript, you must have a minimum GPA of 7.00 on all credits claimed for the option.