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 fine, performing and media arts.

Through our diverse range of research, teaching, and learning, we contribute positive social impacts in a culturally complex and technologically driven world. Aligned with the University of Waterloo’s strengths in work-integrated learning, Arts prepares students for life and for work with skills and values that emphasize the welfare of individuals, communities, and the environments in which we live.


Four graduate students in the Industrial/Organization Psychology program swept the podium at the Canadian Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology poster awards. Congratulations to Amy Barron, Iris Xing and Allister Grapes who placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, as well as Pearlyn Ng for winning the best Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion poster award.

Faculty of Arts and campus colleagues gathered to celebrate Dr. Sheila Ager’s five-year tenure as Dean. Emceed by Doug Peers, former Dean of Arts (a “has-dean”), there were reflections, laughs, and almost-tears shared by friends, colleagues, and family. Speakers included Bob Kerton, Dean of Arts Emeritus, Mary Wells, Dean of Engineering, Lili Lui, Dean of Health, Dean Ager’s brother, and the dean herself.