Program News

New Programs

New for 2019

International Education Studies (BA)

Note: This program is pending approval from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

The first of its kind in Canada, this collaborative program is your pathway to teach in international schools or pursue education-related work in international development. Take courses from the Faculty of Education and Department of Global Studies to gain global awareness and intercultural understandings. Develop abilities in teaching methods and learn how to approach international education.

As part of the program, you can choose to complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate from Conestoga College, making you certified to teach English to newcomers in Canada or a foreign country. You can also choose to complete the internationally recognized International Teaching Certificate (ITC) from Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS).

Learn more about the International Education Studies (BA) program.

Honours Science (BSc)

Note: This program is pending Senate approval and approval from the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

Are you passionate about science, but unsure of what discipline to major in? You have the freedom to discover your own path in this broad-based science program. Define and pursue your interests across a variety of scientific disciplines, before committing to a major. Or you can decide not to major at all and study courses from all aspects of science and graduate with a broad-based science degree. Either way, you will be prepared for future studies in professional or academic science-related fields.

You have the flexibility to choose courses that interest you – take advantage of Laurier’s extensive and diverse list of science course offerings. Tailor your degree to your career aspirations and post-graduation plans. So take your pick. Choose to take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, statistics and/or psychology, all while developing a myriad of research, analytics and technical skills.

Learn more about the Honours Science (BSc) program.

Computer Science & Physics (BSc)

The study of computer science includes the fundamentals of programming, algorithm design and computation. It is also the study of applications, ranging from internet computing and writing apps for mobile computing to applied cryptography and quantum computing. Learn about data management and analysis, gaining a fundamental understanding of big data and its use within industry. 

In the Computer Science & Physics program, you have a unique opportunity to obtain practical computer programming skills and at the same time, gain knowledge of modern physics. As a graduate of this combined program, you wil be well positioned to seize developing opportunities in the technology sector.

Integrated Musical Arts – Bachelor of Music (BMus) Concentration

Integrated Musical Arts (IMA) is designed for musicians who want to enter the music profession in production, performance, composition or song-writing after graduation. IMA focuses on experiential, project-centred learning and was created with the understanding that musicians must be versatile, and therefore competent multiple musical disciplines, in order to have a successful career. Each student is required to complete three self-directed final projects in creation, production or performance.

New for 2018

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Data Science

Data-driven decision making is quickly becoming the standard in almost every industry, creating an unprecedented demand for data-oriented professionals across a wide range of industries, organizations and disciplines. Advances in hardware, software and statistical techniques are giving rise to automated methods to analyze patterns and models for all kinds of data, with applications ranging from scientific discovery to business intelligence and analytics. Given the sheer volume of the data sets in question, it is nearly impossible to extract useful information without some degree of mathematical guidance and programming expertise.

The first undergraduate degree of its kind in Canada, our Data Science program seeks to address these data-related needs of the modern business and industry. As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for many and diverse career opportunities through your study of mathematics, statistics, data analytics and computing technologies and methods. You will also take courses in computer science, data analysis, business and economics.

Students can choose to concentrate in Financial Risk Analysis or Big Data. Both concentrations will prepare you for a diverse set of careers, and for the Financial Risk Analysis concentration, many of these careers could be in the financial and insurance industries.

New for 2017

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry and Physics

Chemistry touches every aspect of our lives. The study of the complex molecular world – a world that exists at the submicroscopic level – is a discipline of enormous scope. Physics is the science that deals with the properties and interactions of matter, energy and force. 

The focus of the Chemistry and Physics program is on materials and nanoscience, which are areas of increasing importance in today’s world. Nanoscience is the study of phenomena on a nanometer (one billionth of a meter) scale. On this scale, structures have properties that are very different from those of the bulk material. For example, whereas bulk gold is inert, gold nanoclusters have been shown to catalyze a variety of chemical reactions.

In this program, you will take a breadth of courses in materials science and quantum mechanics. Your education in both fields will enable you to continue your education or pursue diverse science and science-related professions.

Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Community Music

Our concentration in Community Music takes your love for music and teaches you how it relates to the world around you, inspiring you to become an engaged and educated musician. Students in this concentration develop personal and collaborative musical skills through creative participatory experiences. In addition to addressing multi-genre music experiences and methods, Community Music offers the opportunity for interdisciplinary study in collaboration with other faculties and departments.

New for 2016

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Laurier's world-renowned School of Business and Economics has officially been named in honour of visionary technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis. Laurier is poised to become a global centre for research and teaching related to the leadership of technology companies, thanks to a $20-million donation by Lazaridis and a contribution of $15-million from the Ontario government, both announced earlier this year. The combined $35-million will support the creation of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, which will be part of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. Laurier opened the brand new Lazaridis Hall, a $103-million state-of-the-art facility, in spring 2017.

Law Degree (LLB at University of Sussex, UK) and Arts Degree (BA at Laurier)

Laurier has signed an agreement to affiliate with 1 of the world’s top 100 educational institutions to offer students an opportunity to earn a Laurier Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science and a law degree (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK), in 6 years. Learn more about the new BA/LLB program

Management Option – Direct Entry

While you complete your degree in arts, economics, science or music at the Waterloo campus, our Management Option will provide you with an understanding of the core principles of the business world, including accounting, marketing, human resources, operations, policy and finance.

You can now apply directly to the Management Option for your first year if you have an incoming average in the low to mid-80s. You will complete 4.0 credits for the option, including BU111 – Understanding the Business Environment and BU127 – Introduction to Financial Accounting; 1 of EC120 or EC140 – Introduction to Microeconomics or Macroeconomics; and 1 Statistics course from your program of study.

Program Changes

Martin Luther University College

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, which is federated with Wilfrid Laurier University, is now called Martin Luther University College. Its entire building – including classrooms and common spaces – underwent a $9-million overhaul in 2018.

Bachelor of Music (BMus) Concentration: History, Theory and Critical Analysis

Our Music History and Music Theory concentrations have been combined into a single concentration: BMus in History, Theory and Critical Analysis. 

The Music History, Theory, and Critical Analysis concentration allows students to emphasize the academic and research-oriented courses in music. It serves as excellent preparation for graduate work in musicology, music theory, library science, or other allied disciplines for which a strong foundation of academic courses, research and analysis skills are important.

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Concentration: Marketing Communications

The Brand Communication and Management concentration in our Bachelor of Business Administration program has changed its name to "Marketing Communications". 

Our program uses a comprehensive approach to business. You will begin by taking courses that cover all of the foundational areas of business and then develop specialized knowledge in your area of focus. You will have the opportunity to explore all of our 10 concentrations before specializing in your fourth year. 

Psychology & Neuroscience (BSc)

Students can now pursue our Bachelor of Science in Psychology and choose our new Neuroscience stream through Laurier's Faculty of Science. 

Neuroscience examines the structures, functions and workings of the brain and nervous system and its interaction with our bodies and the environment. The BSc in Psychology and Neuroscience offers a strong foundation in both psychology and the exploding field of neuroscience, along with knowledge of the biology and genetics of behaviour.