Arts rises in the QS rankings

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Springtime at Waterloo doesn't just bring flowers (and angry geese). The latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject are out, and Arts subjects continue to rise in the rankings.

QS (more formally known as Quacquarelli Symonds, a higher ed analytics firm) evaluated nearly 1,600 universities in 54 specific disciplines. 

The evaluation includes academic reputation (peer review survey), employer reputation (survey), citations data, and collaboration data. Schools in the top 50 for each subject get an individual rank, and ranges are used after that (for instance, 151-200).

Here's how Arts measured up this year (beware that the titles of QS thematic areas don't neatly correspond with our program names).

Arts subjects in the world rankings

Collectively, Arts & Humanities rose to 294, and Social Sciences & Management came in at 195 (to give credit where credit is due, this category encompasses other faculties too).

Law broke into the 301-350 range this year, and Sociology held steady at 301-350

Economics also maintained it's previous ranking in the 201-250 range, as did Politics and International Studies at 201-230.

Art & Design broke into the 151-200 range, and English Language & Literature rose to the 251-300 range.

Rankings in Canada

How do the numbers work within Canada? Here is how

  • Art & Design: 5
  • English Language & Literature: 15
  • Psychology: 12
  • Accounting and Finance: 9
  • Economics: 8
  • Law: 12
  • Politics and International Studies: 10

Kudos to our colleagues in Arts and across campus!

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