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UTP Stage II: Liberal Arts

Overview

The Faculty of Liberal Arts offers a wide range of programs, from traditional arts disciplines such as English and History to new and interdisciplinary fields of study such as User Experience Design. In all programs you’ll get both knowledge and know-how; all programs offer you opportunities to apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world.

A degree in Liberal Arts provides you with many opportunities to explore different fields while developing essential skills in critical thinking and communication. Additionally, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the world around you – and how you can positively influence it.

KEY INFORMATION

Duration

  • 3 terms

Intakes

  • January
  • May
  • September

Location

  • 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:

  • User Experience Design (BDes)
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts (Honours BA)

Faculty of Liberal Arts Majors

Digital Media and Journalism

Learn to leverage the power of digital and social media platforms to tell compelling stories, deliver targeted communications and produce quality digital content that is memorable in the competitive environment of our media-saturated world.

English

English at Laurier in Brantford is unique in Ontario! Modelled on the programs at the best small Canadian universities and the elite American colleges, we offer the Laurier English program in a rigorous, intensive, small-class environment that really lets you work closely with your colleagues and your professors.

Also offers: English in Combination with another Program

History

To understand our present and future, we need to be connected to the past by comprehending the people, events, and ideas that have shaped our reality. In the History program at Laurier’s intimate Brantford campus, you’ll learn from engaged faculty in small classes, have a community service-learning placement, try a field course, and undertake undergraduate research opportunities.

Also offers: History in Combination with another Program

Human Rights and Human Diversity

Want a career where you can make a difference? Human Rights and Human Diversity prepares graduates to understand and advance issues of human rights and social justice in Canada and around the world in such roles as human resources professionals, lawyers, social workers, international development workers and fundraisers.

Also offers: Human Rights and Human Diversity in Combination with another Program

Humanities with Leadership Foundations

Are you interested in becoming a leader in your profession? Combine a traditional arts education with foundational leadership courses and realize your leadership potential in this flexible, interdisciplinary program, which is the only one of its kind in Ontario.

Indigenous Studies in Combination with another Arts Major

Indigenous studies is a vibrant field of social, political, historical and cultural study in Canada and around the globe. Laurier’s Indigenous Studies program is designed to teach you the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous people and will prepare you to engage with important socio-cultural issues facing Canada and the world.

Law and Society

Examine what the law says and what the law does – and learn the difference between the two. Our Law and Society program applies a critical approach to revealing the underlying relationship between law and society by using social factors that have a daily effect on people’s lives.

Also offers: Law and Society in Combination with another Program

User Experience Design

User experience (UX) designers are trained professionals who understand how to make a person’s experience with a product, service, environment or message a positive one. UX professionals are in high demand and are valuable in a wide range of industries, including retail, medicine, technology, finance, education and government.

Youth and Children’s Studies Program

Our Youth and Children’s Studies program explores the culture of childhood and adolescence in the contemporary world. Learn research strategies and analytical and practical skills to successfully engage with and make a positive change in the lives of children and youth.

Also offers: Youth and Children’s Studies in Combination with another Program

Liberal Arts Program Structure

During the UTP Stage II: Liberal Arts program you will study courses that introduce you to a wide range of disciplines. 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
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Communication Skills for Leadership

Liberal Arts Progression Requirements

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

User Experience Design

  • 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 the required course UX100. DD101, SOJE120, and PS101 are recommended. Students will be advised on course selection based on their intended major.

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

Liberal Arts

  • 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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