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. June 24, 2019Dean Doug Peers honoured with fond send-off and send-up
    Doug hold up the quilt made from Arts t-shirts

    Our adroit and long-suffering Dean of Arts for the past eight years received a suitably irreverent and sincerely appreciative send-off celebration. Arts and University members gathered in the Hagey Hall Hub to share memories, razzing, accolades and plenty of shared laughs honouring Dean Peers’ singular style as a senior administrator and leader.

  2. June 19, 2019The fine art of convocation — three times on one sunny day
    Two graduates pose for a photo wearing their full academic regalia

    On Wednesday, June 12 — a perfectly clear and warm day — 1,085 undergraduates, 165 Master's, and 23 PhD candidates received their degrees over the course of three Faculty of Arts convocation ceremonies.

  3. June 10, 2019Watch professor Sarah Tolmie's reading for the Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist
    Sarah Tolmie reads at the Griffin Poetry Prize event

    English professor Sarah Tolmie recently shared work from her collection, The Art of Dying, at the renowned Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlist Readings.

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  1. June 16 to Aug. 13, 2019Get Started: SSHRC Grant Writing Sessions
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  2. July 12, 2019Nathan the Wise at the Stratford Theatre Festival

    Join the Waterloo Centre for German Studies for Nathan the Wise, the 18th-century play by German playwright G.E. Lessing. Famous for its "Ring Parable" extolling the equality of world religions, the play is rarely performed in Canada.

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