The Waterloo College of Arts was established in 1924, providing post-secondary courses in a four-year program. A year later the Faculty of Arts, under the name of Waterloo College, affiliated with the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO and soon began to offer honours degree programs in the arts. In 1959 the Associate Faculties of engineering and science separated from Waterloo College to form the UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, some two kilometres away. The affiliation with the University of Western Ontario ended the following year, when the seminary obtained a revised charter, changing the name of the institution to Waterloo Lutheran University. On 1 November 1973 Waterloo Lutheran became Wilfrid Laurier University, named for Sir Wilfrid LAURIER, Canada's seventh prime minister.
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary remains an affiliate of the nondenominational university and offers several programs at the master's level and a Doctor of Ministry in pastoral counselling and marriage and family therapy. In 1986 the seminary established the Institute for Christian Ethics.
In the early 1990s, WLU's administration decided that the existing Waterloo campus was too small to accommodate the rise in student population and that it should create a satellite campus to meet the needs of students from the County of Brant and surrounding areas. As a result, Laurier Brantford, located in the city of BRANTFORD, was created in September 1999.
Wilfrid Laurier University offers undergraduate degrees in arts and science, music and music therapy, business and economics; master's degrees in arts, business, economics and social work; and doctoral degrees in social work, geography and history. WLU has approximately 8000 full-time and 2000 part-time undergraduate and graduate students. WLU Press, established in 1974, publishes 12-16 scholarly books annually, 13 journals in the humanities and social sciences, textbooks, and works of more general interest.
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