Humanities with Leadership Foundations (BA)

This flexible, interdisciplinary program is the only one of its kind in Ontario. Combine a traditional arts education in the humanities with foundational leadership courses. Study ethics, history, literature, and other arts and science disciplines to understand contemporary issues. Then learn to create long-lasting solutions to these issues by developing your leadership skills.

This hands-on program will introduce you to modern business and organizational issues while preparing you to motivate others and inspire change.


Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you can get at Laurier:


2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies


Laurier ranks in the top 6 percent of universities worldwide*


students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

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Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term) or May (spring term)     OUAC code: UHF
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s
  • English at 60%
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

2+2 Agreement with Canadore or Conestoga College

Students who have successfully completed Canadore College’s two-year Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics diploma program, or Conestoga College's two-year Aviation – General Arts and Science diploma program, with a 75% average or better, will be eligible for admission into Laurier's Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with Leadership Foundations program.

Block Transfer Agreement

Students enrolling in Laurier’s Humanities with Leadership Foundations program after completing a two- or three-year diploma program may earn up to 6.0 or 7.5 transfer credits (respectively).

Learn more about our college transfer agreements.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

Program Details

About Humanities with Leadership Foundations

In our Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Humanities with Leadership Foundations program, you'll immerse yourself in the problems that leaders and organizations face today. You'll learn how to create long-lasting solutions that consider larger historical and cultural contexts. By studying ethics, history, literature, and other arts and science disciplines, you'll broaden your understanding of contemporary issues.

Courses in leadership will help you understand leadership theory and prepare you for what is needed to inspire, motivate and bring about meaningful change.

You'll begin your studies with a multidisciplinary seminar, exploring a contemporary problem from multiple angles.

All students in the program must complete successfully the Foundations curriculum.

At the end of your studies, you'll take a capstone, problem-based seminar that will allow you to integrate your education and help you become an exceptional leader who has the knowledge and skills to make a difference.

Earn a Law Degree, Too

You can combine this program with a law degree (LLB) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom. Our Bachelor of Laws (University of Sussex, UK) and Bachelor of Arts (Laurier) program can be completed in six years.

You'll complete your first two years in the Humanities with Leadership Foundations program at our Brantford campus. Students who meet the GPA and progression requirements may then apply to the UK law program and are guaranteed an offer of admission to the University of Sussex law school; there is no requirement to write the LSAT entrance exam.

After three years of studying abroad in the UK and completing an LLB, you'll return for one final year at Laurier to complete your Laurier BA.

Program Options and Courses

Options and Minors

These are a few of the many popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • International Development Option
  • Issue Advocacy Option
  • Professional Writing Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Communication Skills for Leadership
  • Introductory Humanities Seminar
  • Leadership Foundations
  • Two of:
    • Academic Literacy: Humanities
    • Academic Literacy: Social Sciences
    • Modernity and the Contemporary World
    • Modernity: Critique and Resistance

LLB (Sussex) and BA (Laurier) requires you to take all four of the following courses:

  • Academic Literacy: Humanities
  • Academic Literacy: Social Sciences
  • Modernity and the Contemporary World
  • Modernity: Critique and Resistance

Sample First-Year Electives

  • Designing Digital and Social Media
  • Introduction to Human Rights
  • Law and Culture

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Class and Work: Legal and Economic Perspectives
  • Leadership Case Study Capstone
  • Leadership Skills: Practice and Application

Community Service-Learning


Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.


"The dynamic, inquiry-based environment allowed us to explore many areas of interest including history, human rights and media, and to express ourselves in creative ways. I believe that students from any academic background, with any field of interest, could find something to enjoy in this course."

Olivia Condlln-Wilby, Laurier graduate

"Although I am not a humanities major, I was able to use the tools provided to me in Dr. Farrugia’s class in almost all of my classes regardless of the course content. This class is perhaps the most useful and important of courses that I will have took in my time at Laurier."

Eric Sanderson, Laurier graduate

Your Career Awaits

You will graduate well equipped to understand, critically view and serve in today’s complex and challenging world. Opportunities from this program are endless.

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • advertising and promotion
  • communications
  • cultural policy
  • legal professions
  • NGO management
  • politics

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Brantford Campus

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford and is home to more than 3,000 students. Close to great walking and biking trails, you get the best of both worlds.

There are many ways to tour our Brantford campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

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