Human Studies (PhD)

Examine human social and physical development over a lifetime.


Apply your knowledge to the many social and physical challenges we face during our lives, such as gender politics, group dynamics, death and dying.

Specialize in several areas of study, including cognition and communication, Franco-Ontarian and Francophone studies, interpretation, values and ethics, regional and cultural studies, and gender relations and sexuality studies.

Learn to observe and critically assess cultural influences, physical and emotional health as they relate to philosophy, psychology, life sciences, education, economics, and communication.

Develop a substantive research project and hone your critical thinking and communication skills with the support of program faculty. Take opportunities to learn outside of the classroom with national and international conferences, Laurentian University’s Research Week, and the Annual Human Studies Colloquium.

Key Features

Learn both theoretical and applied knowledge and skills, contribute to, and produce new ideas and theories in these areas.
Gain solid and exciting education and training about the human being’s role in society and in theories.
Work hands-on with strategic partners within the community, in government, business and non-profit organizations.

Career Opportunities

Ethics compliance officer, human resources assistant, social worker, teacher. Graduates may go also on to medical and law school, and directly into careers in teaching, public administration, NGOs -- and even business, where their widely transferable writing and communication skills are highly prized.

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