Within the Faculty of Arts lies many subjects, the majority of which have their own society that interacts with the Arts Student Union (ASU).
Listed below are some of the current active arts societies at the University of Waterloo (UW) as well as the best way to contact them to get involved or to find out more about their events as written by the society itself.
Accounting and Finance Student Association
The Accounting & Finance Student Association (AFSA) is a student run organization representing nearly 2000 students studying Accounting & Financial Management, Biotechnology/CPA, Mathematics/CPA and Computing & Financial Management. Our goal is to create a strong community within our program and provide students with all the necessary resources to succeed. Through events, merchandise sales, professional development sessions along with many other initiatives, we work to support every student in all facets of their university experience. We will always continue to provide an environment in which all accounting and finance students feel included and a part of our family where they can continue to develop personally and professionally. For more information, please visit http://www.uwafsa.ca/.
Arts and Business Society
The purpose of the Arts and Business (ARBUS) society is to create a sense of community for our students, and a sense of loyalty to the ARBUS program. We aim to give the students an opportunity to meet and connect with each other, alumni and faculty and staff. We achieve these goals through:
- academic workshops
- strong connections with the faculty and alumni
- relevant social events
We aim to provide students with support in multiple ways, whether that’s academically, socially, or assistance with planning for the co-op/future careers.
Classics and Medieval Studies Society
The Classics and Medieval Society (CMS) is open to anyone interested in the study of ancient Greece, Rome and the ancient world. Students achieve this through the in-depth study of literature, languages, history, sciences, philosophy, art and architecture. Interdisciplinary courses are offered with Anthropology, History, English, Political Sciences and Religious Studies.
The society aims to assist students in their courses and overall academic achievement.
Throughout the year events and opportunities include:
- Guest lectures
- Dinners and Social Events
- Trips to Conferences
- Studies Abroad (CLAS 390)*
*Previous destinations include Greece, England, Turkey and Italy.
All interested students are encouraged to visit the CMS lounge in Modern Languages 245 to become involved with and benefit from the society.
Join us on Facebook!
Digital Arts and Communications Students Society
This is the society that represents undergraduate students enrolled in Digital Arts and Communications.
The purpose of the UW Economics Society is to foster a passion for Economics among University of Waterloo students. Economics Society works toward this goal through:
i. Organizing social and academic events.
ii. Facilitating networking opportunities for students.
iii. Promoting economic material and opportunities.
iv. Providing student support.
v. Acting as liaison between students and the Economics department.
The purpose of the English Student Society(ESS) is to create a sense of community for all undergraduate students in the English Department. Throughout the year, ESS hosts a variety of events including:
- Professor Panel
- Movie Screenings
- Board Game Nights
- Harry Potter Events
- English Student Symposium
You can keep in touch with us via our social media.
Facebook: UW English Society
We'd love to answer any questions you might have about our programs, student life and upcoming events!
French Society (Le Cercle Français)
Le Cercle Français is the student society of the French Studies Department at the University of Waterloo. Our goal is to cultivate a spirit of co-operation and to create and maintain lines of communication between all students at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels and the professors.
Each year, le Cercle Français organizes many diverse activities to give all students the opportunity to speak French, meet people, interact with and get to know their professors in a more laidback environment, to share their passion of the French culture and of course, to have fun!
Some traditional Cercle Français events include:
La Nuit en Rose (the French Department’s annual ball)
Café-conversation (weekly conversation meetings
Pumpkin carving night
The German Society strives to bring together students from all facets of life. We are a diverse group comprised of both German and non-German students; with the singular goal of promoting German culture and interaction.
Our enthusiastic executive team sets up fun activities such as coffee and cake, movie nights, Octoberfest events, schnitzel dinners and even bakery trips! This is a great group to join if you're interested in speaking German, learning about the culture or even just ready to make some new friends.
Join our Facebook group or e-mail us if you are interested in attending meetings or want information about upcoming events!
Global Business and Digital Arts Society
The Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) Society represents undergraduate students enrolled in the Global Business and Digital Arts program. The Society also strives to provide GBDA students with academic and professional resources and create community through social and academic events. If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to contact the GBDA Society at firstname.lastname@example.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
The University of Waterloo History Society is a student run non-profit organization that is open to anyone interested in the study of History, whether major, minor, or neither. We strive to provide opportunities for students to engage with one another, faculty, and professionals in the History field through social and academic-based events.
Events for this year include a movie night, field trips, board game nights, students vs. prof trivia nights, and our annual McKinnon Dinner. Most events are free of cost and include free food!
Human Resources Society
The Human Resources Society aims to create a footprint in the history of the University of Waterloo (UW). We want to form a foundation for the future of to-be human resource professionals, to give them a building block and connect with each other. We want UW HRS to be recognized in the community to increase student opportunities and get involved in the community with not only the local universities but also external professionals.
Human Sciences Society
We are a group dedicated to the discussion and promotion of the Human Sciences, which itself is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program exclusive to St. Jerome's University that makes use of various fields of study such as literature, philosophy, sociology, and politics, to explore questions of humanism and the human condition through dialectical method.
Legal Studies Society
The Music Society strives to connect all students pursuing music education at the University of Waterloo through a balanced combination of social and academic events. We provide enjoyable and educational events including: composition competitions, concerts within the community, trivia nights, additional performance opportunities, undergraduate and graduate information sessions, and many more! Through these events, we aim to promote the passion for music and enhance our student's undergraduate experiences by offering opportunities to take learning outside the classroom.
Peace and Conflict Studies Society
Peace and Conflict Studies Society is a group of students passionate about social justice issues striving to make an impact in our community and beyond. Some of the ways we get involved with PACS Students and any other students interested:
- Meet and Greet's with Peace and Conflict Studies Professors
- Documentary Screenings
- Volunteer Work
- Discussion Groups
- Exam Prep
We are an undergraduate society affiliated with the University of Waterloo and dedicated to the discussion of philosophy. We organise social events and talks on a variety of philosophical topics (ethics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science, etc.), and we are currently working on setting up an undergraduate journal for students to publish their papers in.
Our members are interested in a variety of disciplines both within and outside of philosophy, so discussion is always sure to be engaging and varied. If you're interested in joining the Philosophy Society, or receiving updates about society events, email us at email@example.com, and we'll add you to our mailing list. We send out periodic updates to let members know about what we're planning. You can also follow us on our WordPress page and keep up to date with our activities that way.
Political Science Students Association
The Political Science Students Association (PSSA) provides both academic and social support to UW Political Science students. We are more than happy to provide any guidance or assistance in helping students connect with the proper academic resources, and in dealing with any issues they may be having within the Political Science (PSCI) department.
The PSSA offers a range of events throughout the year including movie nights, panel discussions, and an academic journal. Additionally, there is an opportunity for students to become involved in the PSSA by becoming a member of the Executive team, responsible for the planning and organization of the PSSA. The PSSA also provides and promotes news and events occurring within the PSCI department.
The Psychology Society (PSYCHSOC) consists of a strong, enthusiastic team that represents undergraduate students enrolled in either BSc in Psychology or BA in Psychology. PSYCHSOC targets the students by providing them with academic support through networking opportunities and many other educational events. Not only do they support students academically, but also socially! There are many opportunities for students to engage and gather through these social events.
PSYSOC’s vision for this year consists of rebranding the society, creating new resources for students and making sure YOUR voices are heard.
Religious Studies Society
The Religious Studies Student Society (RSSoc) is open to anyone interested in the study of religion, whether major, minor, or neither. We are closely aligned with the department's faculty as well as the PhD program, and we aim to provide a balance of academic and social events, including movie nights, meet-the-profs, pub nights, and field trips. Free food is a common component of our events.
We are always looking for more executives to help plan events, so get in touch if you're interested!
Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies Society
This is the society that represents undergraduate students enrolled in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies.
Society of Fine Artists
We organize monthly events designed to get Fine Arts students integrated into their community. We want to build a sense of community within our department. Our goal is to make your university life fun and engaged within the faculty of Fine Arts.
The Sociology Society is comprised of enthusiastic students within the Sociology program at the University of Waterloo. Together, students address important events and issues that concern them as a student in Sociology at the University of Waterloo.
Every year the Sociology Society organizes academic and social events for students. These events give students the opportunity to gain further knowledge as well as meet other students and professors. Events the society has held in the past include: guest lecturers, trivia nights, alumni events, prof-student mixers and more.
If you are looking for more information feel free to check out the Sociology Society's website, Facebook page, Instagram, e-mail us (at firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com) or visit our office at Psychology, Anthropology and Sociology (PAS) 2062.
This is the society that represents undergraduate students enrolled in Spanish.
Speech Communication Society
The Speech Comm Society (SCS) is a collaboration with a focus on organizing events, social gatherings, and workshops for Speech Communication students. Our goal is to hold engaging events that will create opportunities for further communication development with staff and other Arts students. The workshops also offer a chance for Professors to offer topics of interest that may not get covered within the curriculum and for Students to see another side of the Professors outside the classroom. We hope to build bridges within and outside the Speech Communication department and we welcome all to check out our events along with our Facebook page for more about us.
To get in contact with us, you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre Students Union
We are a loud, rambunctious and wildly inviting group of students who work to keep our fellow Theatre and Performance students entertained with frequent social events and exciting workshops. Want to check out what we have planned? Check us out on Facebook and follow us on Instagram @uw.tsu or if you have any questions shoot us at Email at email@example.com.
Women's Studies Society
This is the society that represents undergraduate students enrolled in Women's Studies.