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Think Arts.


THINK languages

Our Faculty of Arts offers you choices that will let you personalize your university experience. As the largest faculty on campus, we are committed to providing all of our students with academic advising and support, to ensure you successfully navigate your program and make the most of your time at Laurier. Staying in residence? Select one of our Residence Learning Communities, where you’ll live with students taking the same courses as you. Looking for a small class? Enrol in one of our First Year Seminars—select from a variety of unique topics and get credit for a course with no more than 22 students. Unsure about your major in first year? Enjoy a wide variety of courses, and declare your major later. Passionate about global understanding? Tap into one-on-one advising to help select the international learning opportunities best suited for you.

Your choices, our mentorship, your future.


Keen on adding work experience? Apply to our Arts Co-op program in your second year. For more information Department of Languages and Literatures Bricker Academic Building, Rm BA405 T 519.884.0710 x2398 E

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OUR STUDENTS EXCEL “The Languages program at Laurier taught me not only how to communicate in other languages; it taught me world history, culture and politics through first-hand sources. It kindled in me a love for the diversity and complexity of societies and an urge to explore and learn new things. The skills and international experience I gained through my BA led directly to internships at the Canadian Embassy in Spain and the U.S. Consulate in Toronto.” Steven Parker, ’11, Honours BA in Languages, International Policy Analyst, Office of International Relations and Protocol, Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government of Ontario

“I get to use my French skills everyday as an essential part of my job! I loved my time at Laurier and taking Languages as a degree was the most valuable thing I did — it has opened up so many opportunities for me.”



Why languages at laurier?

Program Highlights

The Honours BA in Languages at Laurier is unique in Canada. You will have the opportunity to study two languages in depth (French and Spanish) and also obtain a basic knowledge of a third language (Arabic, German or Italian). Our professors use innovative teaching methods and creative projects. Students are encouraged to study abroad in their third year, while completing courses towards their degree. Studying Languages will open the door to the world and to endless opportunities.

• Students acquire solid knowledge of two languages and working knowledge of a third

Alana Vanderhoek, ’11, Honours BA in Languages, Elementary School Teacher

• Study linguistics as part of this program and experience hands-on research

Our courses include • Applied Linguistics • Cultural Perspectives • Elementary Modern Standard Arabic

Brittany Howlett, ’08, Honours BA in Languages Bilingual Resources Coordinator CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange)

“I am currently a French Immersion Teacher on a long term occasional assignment with the Waterloo Region District School Board. Within one year of graduating from Teachers College, because of my French, I was hired onto four school boards for supply and have two-long term occasional assignments and supplying almost every day in between. I graduated in spring 2011, with an Honours BA in Languages — French Spanish and Italian.

• Gain insight into the cultures associated with these languages

• Introductory and Intermediate Italian and German

INTEGRATED LEARNING FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE The First Year Experience for Arts students is unique at Laurier. We offer several choices that will assist you in the transition from high school to university. First Year Seminars provide a small-group learning experience covering thought-provoking topics. You will develop core academic skills in research, critical thinking, and communication.

Our academically themed Residence Learning Communities give you the opportunity to live side-by-side in residence with students taking similar courses, as well as the chance to interact with faculty from your department on a regular basis. Laurier Arts Scholars is a community of high-achieving students who are offered an innovative, challenging, and rewarding educational experience. Meet other high achievers and extend the learning process beyond the classroom through special projects, lectures and events.

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