SHSM/Class Visit Programming

Our programming will provide students with reach ahead opportunities that allow them to experience life as a university student in their program(s) of interest.

Students will participate in a welcome session where they will be introduced to related academic and experiential learning opportunities at Brock. After this session, students will participate in an interactive activity led by current students, staff, and faculty members. Examples of activities include tours of research facilities, simulations, mock lectures, students panels, lab demonstrations, team-building challenges and more! Students end their day with lunch and an optional campus tour.

More information about our programming

Available dates and times

  • Music at Noon Concert Series – Tuesday, March 28 and April 4
    Available for Arts and Culture SHSM and Music classes
  • Visual Arts Drawing Workshops – April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28
    Available for Arts and Culture SHSM and Visual Arts classes
  • Business Day – Tuesday, April 25
    Available for Business SHSM
  • Health and Wellness Day – Wednesday, April 26
    Available for Health and Wellness SHSM
  • Biological Sciences Day – Thursday, April 27
    Available for Agriculture SHSM, Food Processing SHSM, and Chemistry and Biology classes
  • Social Sciences Day – Friday, April 28
    Available for Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes

Sample schedule

Time Activity
9:15-9:50: a.m. Arrival
10-10:250 a.m. Welcome/Introduction
10:35-11:20 a.m. Session 1
11:25-12:10 p.m. Session 2
12:15-1 p.m. Lunch
1-1:30 p.m. Scavenger Hunt Campus Tour
1:30 p.m. Departure

Lunch will be provided for students and teachers. They will have the opportunity to dine in one of our Dining Halls to experience our all-you-care-to-eat style dining option.

Please note: Most events take place at Brock University’s main campus and follow the sample schedule above, while Visual Arts Drawing Workshops and Music at Noon take place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and have different schedules. Please see the expandable sections below for more information.

For Social Sciences Day and Business Day, schedules will vary, but arrival time will be 9:45 a.m. and will include an introductory presentation, workshops, lunch and a tour.

Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2023
Available for: Business SHSM


Experience a mock lecture from our six-time recipient of the Goodman School of Business Professor of the Year award; Geoff Hoover. Professor Hoover specializes in finance and will take your students through an engaging lecture.


Learn from one of the bests and join Aidan Walmsley our former Business Students’ Association President for a hands-on interactive case simulation.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Available for: Health and Wellness SHSM


In session 1, students will be exposed to a variety of careers they might pursue in healthcare, as well as some key details about the pathways required to achieve success. In session 2, students will explore a career in Health Promotion. Students will have the chance to put themselves in a Health Promoters’ shoes and work with a team to develop a health promotion campaign based on the needs of their community.


In session 1, students will participate in a lab to explore how human blood is classified into different groups based on the presence or absence of specific proteins on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). Participants will perform blood typing and experience how this test can aid in solving forensic mysteries and identifying suitable donors for transfusions during medical emergencies. In session 2, students will see a demonstration of a simulated cardiac arrest situation by the Nursing lab team. They will also have the opportunity to play a role in the simulation!


In this theme, groups will have the option to attend two sessions facilitated by two of the following departments: Recreation and Leisure Studies, Kinesiology, and Sport Management

We all have the skills to serve as a leader and role model in our respective communities. In the session facilitated by the Recreation and Leisure Studies department, students will have the opportunity to discover their unique leadership style. They will work in small groups to complete challenging scenarios and engaging activities, while developing collaboration and communication skills.

In the session facilitated by the Kinesiology department, students will participate in a hands-on lab.

In the session facilitated by the Sport Management department, students will learn more about the program and the opportunities available to students.


In session 1, students will learn about various types of communication disorders that affect people across the lifespan. Through case examples and video clips, we’ll introduce them to disorders including articulation, aphasia, stuttering, hearing impairment, and child language. Students will learn about how Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists make a difference in people’s lives. In session 2, students will explore the links between animals and human health and wellness through a Minor or Concentration in Critical Animal Studies. Social justice perspectives reveal new ways of seeing human-animal relations, preparing you with critical, empathic skills for a range of animal-related careers, such as animal-assisted therapies, animal care and protection, and service animal support for people with disabilities.

Dates: Thursday, April 27, 2023
Available for: Agriculture SHSM, Food Processing SHSM, and Chemistry and Biology classes


Have you ever thought about a career in the exciting grape and wine industry? Brock University is in the heart of Niagara’s wine country and boasts a 96% job placement rate for graduates from Canada’s only grape and wine undergraduate program called Oenology and Viticulture. Come experience first-hand how we chemically measure acids and sugars in juice before it is turned into wine in the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (Session 1). Then, learn how to use your sense of taste in our state-of-the-art sensory lab to distinguish which juices have high or low acid or sugar (Session 2). Does acid impact sweetness, does sugar impact sourness? You be the judge.


Do you enjoy solving problems and enigmas? Do you like to explore the world? Are you fascinated by our diversity? Ecology and evolution is the study of our home, and understanding its mysteries is a fascinating journey. At Brock, you can learn how to conserve rare species, protect natural spaces, monitor the environment, solve environmental problems and manage resources through hands-on experience in the lab and in the field. Our location on the Niagara Escarpment gives us access to nature just by opening a door. The Niagara region also has farms, vineyards, cities, lakes, and a lot more to explore and learn. Come explore how ecologists estimate population sizes and assess biodiversity (Session 1), and then learn about how evolution works (Session 2)! Students will also learn about a new Applied Ecology program coming soon to Brock!


Imagine this: a crime was committed in the 1970s and circumstantial evidence presented at the trial was instrumental in the sentencing of the accused to life in prison. The convicted declares their innocence. After 30 years in prison, key evidence left behind at the scene holds the clue to determining the innocence of the accused. In the forensic DNA isolation lab (Session 1), students will act as Forensic Molecular Biologists to isolate DNA from the crime scene, which will later be tested to confirm the identity of the suspect. In the DNA fingerprinting lab (Session 2), students will learn how DNA evidence assists in criminal, missing persons, mass disaster, and paternity cases. They will use current molecular forensic techniques on DNA samples collected from different suspects to identify the culprit. Students have the opportunity to prepare the samples, load the samples into an agarose gel and analyze the banding pattern using a gel imaging system to identify the culprit.


Have you ever wondered how the brain works? Are you interested in understanding how nerves function to send and receive signals that serve the basis of consciousness? Neuroscience is the study of nervous system function, and goes from the molecular level, through the cellular level, up to the level of entire organisms. Brock University is a great place to study neuroscience, with a thriving Neuroscience program and a range of world class researchers. Come and learn how Neuroscientists use genetic tools that can be controlled using light in order to control and investigate the function of the nervous system using optogenetic tools (Session 1). Then, learn how brain cells communicate in response to touch and movement (Session 2).


Plants are extraordinary organisms and play an essential role in the ecosystem! They are photoautotrophs which means they can produce their own food using sunlight and carbon dioxide via photosynthesis. Through this process, plants create sugars and release oxygen.  Therefore, plants produce the necessary energy (or food) for many other organisms to exist.  Plants are extremely diverse and are adaptable to many different climates.  They have adapted in amazing ways to deal with different environmental conditions such as changing light levels, drought, and freezing stress.  Learn how plants cope with different environments including the ability to withstand freezing temperatures and how we can determine exactly how much cold a plant can tolerate (Session 1). Then, learn how to monitor plant performance using biophysical methods based on chlorophyll fluorescence by building your own plant efficiency analyzer (Session 2).

Date: Friday, April 28, 2023
Available for: Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes

For more information about our Faculty of Social Sciences, please visit our website. You can also keep up to date by visiting @BrockUFOSS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Linguistics 101: A crash course in Applied Linguistics!

Practice transcribing speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA); try your hand at a new language – American Sign Language (ASL); what’s that sound? Learn to identify pre-speech vocalizations of infants (cooing, babbling, jargon and more!); language in the lab: hearing with your eyes & the McGurk Effect; “bake him away toys!” speech errors (“spoonerisms”): why do we make them?; mondegreens – why do you mishear song lyrics?; do animals use language? Meet Nim Chimpsky and decide for yourself; language in the brain: Broca’s Area, Wernicke’s Area, and the impact of a stroke on language. All this and more in our interactive crash course: Linguistics 101.

Learn more about Applied Linguistics


Tik Tok Childhoods: How Social Media Matters in the Lives of Children and Youth

Does social media matter to you and your life? If so, then this session is for you! Come hear two profs discuss different perspectives on social media that showcase what we do in Child and Youth Studies.
Learn more about Child and Youth Studies


TikTok Duets with CPCF

A TikTok duet allows a user to appear beside another creator on the platform through a split screen effect. In this session, the Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF) department will demonstrate how our four degree areas — Business Communication, Film Studies, Media and Communication, and Popular Culture — could metaphorically appear split screen with TikTok as an app. Our presentation explores how learners enrolled in various CPCF courses would critically explore TikTok and its content.

Learn more about Communication, Popular Culture & Film


What is economics?

We will share alumni stories, images that showcase Economics programs, and a short example of a lecture.

Learn more about Economics


Law and Order: Criminal Intent?

Psychopaths only make up about 1% of the population but account for over 50% of violent crimes. They are often portrayed in the media as having a mental disorder, but is this actually the case? Dr. Angela Book will talk about her research on psychopaths as social predators who are skilled at judging vulnerability and avoiding detection. What does this mean for criminal responsibility? Dr. Voula Marinos’ research shows there are many benefits to diverting young people to specialized courts to deal with their underlying mental health issues. She will ask critical questions about mental health and the criminal justice system during her presentation.

Learn more about Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice


Each session will feature a different speaker from the respective departments.

Session #1: “Using ground measurements, drones, and satellites to understand how changing climate is impacting northern landscapes” by Kevin Turner

Session #2: “The World is Our Classroom, Virtual and Live!” by David Brown Geography and tourism are both concerned with visiting, exploring, and understanding interesting places. Prof. Dave Brown will talk about how students and faculty get out of the classroom and into the field, domestically and internationally, with our field courses – and about how we can better understand these places through the digital interpretive research we do in Niagara and all around the world!

Session #3: “How can we find geography in/with comics?” by Ebru Ustundag

Learn more about Geography and Tourism Studies


Do you know your rights at work?

Every employee has the right to be treated fairly at work, but we know that’s not always the case. In fact, employers violate the rights of workers more often than you might think. This session is focused on learning about workers’ rights and how you can go about strengthening and enforcing them.

Learn more about Labour Studies


Stranger Things… and Politics?

The popular Netflix show “Stranger Things” is based on the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, but gaming isn’t just for the kids of the “Hellfire Club”…role-playing simulations also help us to understand the world of politics. Come play a round or two with us, in this session, to see how we use games to understand elections, justice, and war and peace. Hopefully the Mind Flayer or Vecna don’t make an appearance, but no promises.

Learn more about Political Science


Using Psychological Science to Succeed Academically

Lots of students worry about moving on from high school, and some of their biggest concerns relate to succeeding in college or university courses. In this session, we’ll start by introducing psychology as an area of study, with an emphasis on the courses you can take during a psychology degree and what careers are possible when you graduate. We’ll then take you on a brief tour of the psychological research that’s specifically related to memory and learning, and how it can support your success in notetaking during lectures, reading challenging textbooks, and studying for exams.

Learn more about Psychology


Sociology and Critical Criminology – You’re Not Alone

Choose your own adventure as you learn about several life-altering degree paths through Sociology and Critical Criminology. Follow the stories of graduating students about taking risks, being surprised, finding your path, and preparing to make a difference with the benefit of a transformative education.

Learn more about Sociology


Exploring sexualities and health in Women’s and Gender Studies

Our session will engage students with feminist and trans-disciplinary perspectives on sexualities and community health. We will discuss topics of reproductive justice, LGBTQ access to healthcare, global sex work, sexual and gender-based violence, harm reduction, and movements for sexual justice during the student panel. The panel will include video material and a debrief discussion for students to experience what a Women’s and Gender Studies seminar might look like.

Learn more about Women’s and Gender Studies

Dates: Tuesday, March 28 and Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Available for: Arts and Culture SHSM and Music classes

Sample Schedule

Please note: This event takes place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.

Time Activity
10 a.m. Arrive to MIWSFPA
10-11 a.m. Tour MIWSFPA
11-11:45 a.m. Lunch
11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Walk to Performing Arts Centre
12-1 p.m. Concert
1-1:15 p.m. Talk-back
1:20 p.m. Depart from MIWSFPA

Dates: April 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28
Available for: Arts and Culture SHSM and Visual Arts classes

Sample Schedule

Time Activity
10 a.m. Arrival
10-11:15 a.m. Group A tour, group B workshop
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Group B tour, Group A workshop
12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch (all)
1:15 p.m. Departure

Please note: Maximum 30 students total, split into two groups of 15.
This event takes place at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines.


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Registration will close on Friday, April 14.
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