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UTP Stage II: Human and Social Sciences


The Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (FHSS) offers many opportunities to explore complex issues relevant to today’s society. Students will learn to identify and explore social issues and build real-world connections between what they learn in class and the downtown community just outside the classroom door. You are encouraged to develop your critical thinking skills and question assumptions, while the theoretical knowledge and practical experience you’ll gain through our programs will prepare you for a variety of careers. Faculty of Human and Social Science students are passionate about making a positive contribution both locally and globally and graduate with the skills to change the world.



  • 3 terms


  • January
  • May
  • September


  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus

Your direct pathway into Wilfrid Laurier University

High School
Wilfrid Laurier International College
2nd Year at Wilfrid Laurier University

Program transfer options include:

  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (Honours BA)

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences Majors

Health Studies (Honours BA)

Health Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and health care. Students learn that health is determined by far more than the availability of health care and that health care itself involves more than simply treating illness.

Health Studies is a dynamic field, continually evolving to integrate scientific advancements and new knowledge about the role of social and environmental influences on health and well-being, the costs of health care, and the impact of illness on productivity and quality of life.

Also offers: Health Studies in Combination with another program

Located in: Brantford

Health Administration (Honours BA)

Laurier Health Administration program in Brantford offers a blend of health studies, leadership, business and contemporary studies courses, designed to give students a broad understanding of the diverse factors affecting the development and delivery of health care, both domestically and internationally. With a complex set of relationships between personnel, organizations and government, health professionals require a diverse set of skills and a broad knowledge base in order to effectively work within the contemporary health-care system.

Located in: Brantford

Criminology (Honours BA)

Criminology is the scientific study of crime, criminals, victims and the law from a social perspective. Studies in Criminology at Laurier in Brantford will introduce you to theories of crime and contemporary justice issues using an interdisciplinary approach relevant to a changing world. Criminologists are interested in:

  • Theories explaining why people commit crime
  • Social impact and reaction to crime and deviance
  • Victimization
  • Criminal justice system and law enforcement responses
  • Crime prevention

Also offers: Criminology in Combination with another program

Located in: Brantford

Psychology (Honours BA)

Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel, and act. It seeks to answer questions about how individuals and groups interact with each other and the world around them. In your psychology courses you may study diverse issues such as how children develop empathy, how memories are formed and retained, why some people suffer from addiction, and how our psychological and physical states are connected.

The Psychology program at Laurier Brantford is structured so as to ensure that you are exposed to the breadth of content that exists within the discipline while still providing you with enough flexibility to pursue your own particular interests.

Also offers: Psychology in Combination with another program

Located in: Brantford

Human and Social Sciences Program Structure

During the UTP Stage II: Human and Social Sciences program you will study courses that provide a pathway to a wide range of disciplines including Community Health, Health Administration, Criminology, and Psychology. Below is a sample of the courses that you might take during the program.

  • Introduction to Indigenous Studies
  • Design Thinking 1: Foundations
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Communication Skills for Leadership

Human and Social Sciences Progression Requirements

You will transfer into the Honours Bachelor of Arts program in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University with 5.0 credits (10 courses) toward your degree upon successful completion of the UTP Stage II: Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (Honours BA) program if you meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 5.00 (C) in each honours major course and a minimum overall GPA of 5.00 (C).
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 courses (5.0 credits) in the WLIC UTP program, including one writing intensive course. Students will be advised on course selection based on their intended major.

Students may select their Wilfrid Laurier University program from the range of majors available in the faculty upon consultation with an advisor and will complete any additional required First Year courses for that program.

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