Ideas and actions

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff working in and across the humanities, social sciences and creative arts. Our ideas and actions are propelled by curiosity, creativity, and a deep commitment to contribute to a better world.

The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. Learn more about territorial acknowledgement.


  1. Jan. 31, 2019Your body image is impacted by those around youman looking down set against drawing of a muscular set of arms

    Spending time with people who are not preoccupied with their bodies can improve your own eating habits and body image, according to researchers from the University of Waterloo. 

  2. Jan. 28, 2019Wisdom and emodiversity: new research favours Yoda over SpockYoda character from Star Wars movies

    A person’s ability to reason wisely about a challenging situation may improve when they also experience diverse yet balanced emotions, say researchers in the Department of Psychology. In fact, Yoda from Star Wars offers a a perfect example of emodiversity and wisdom.

  3. Jan. 15, 2019Waterloo Centre for German Studies announces inaugural book prize winnerlogo for Waterloo Centre for German Studies

    The winner of the inaugural Waterloo Centre for German Studies (WCGS) Book Prize has just been announced. Alice Weinreb of Loyola University Chicago is the winner for her book Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany, published by Oxford University Press.

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  1. Mar. 1, 2019Three Minute Thesis: Faculty of Arts heat3 Minute Thesis logo with stopwatch

    Join us for the Arts 3 Minute Thesis heat and learn about the outstanding graduate research happening within the Faculty of Arts! Graduate students will convey the breadth and significance of their graduate research to a panel of judges.

  2. Mar. 1, 2019Policy Datafest: a multidisciplinary data mining challengestudents working around large table

    The Master of Public Service (MPS) program is hosting Policy Datafest 2019, a two-day challenge in which graduate students will analyze data sets provided by government departments and agencies. Each student team is given a pressing question about Canadian social, economic, and environmental conditions, and it's up to them to analyze the data and develop insights and actions relevant to policymakers.

  3. Mar. 13, 2019Transnational Talks: Enhancing the quality of campus climate survey data

    Only a few fields have moved as far and fast as research on various types of crime on North American institutions of higher education. Despite major empirical advances that have been made since the mid 1980s, obtaining accurate estimates of the prevalence of violence against women and other harms on the college campus is still one of the biggest methodological challenges in survey research.

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