In my own philanthropy and business endeavours, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities… the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.

Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

Economics professor Larry Smith in his inspiring TEDxUW talk: "Why you will fail to have a great career... unless."

Remote video URL

A liberal arts education leads to a very marketable employee who can fit into many different careers. Here are just some of the positions our alumni are working in:


  • Archaeologist, City of Hamilton
  • Behavioural Teacher, Waterloo County Board of Education
  • Scientific Officer, Australian Museum

Classical Studies

  • Interior Designer, Atkinson McLeod Design Consultants
  • Office Manager, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Systems Librarian, Wentworth Libraries


  • Financial Planner, IBM Canada
  • Payroll Supervisor, Bell Canada
  • Trader, Gordon Capital Corporation


Do I need to select multiple 100-level English courses if I want to prepare for two of the four English majors?

The course recommendations for all four English majors are the same, so you will only take one 100-level ENGL course in the Fall term and one in the Winter term. These two courses will equally prepare you for any of the English majors: Literature; Literature and Rhetoric, Rhetoric; Media, and Professional Communication; and Creative and Professional Writing.

Fine Arts

  • Animation Artist, C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
  • Director of Education, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
  • Senior Writer, Disney Studios


  • Immigration Officer, Human Resources Development Canada
  • Member of Legislative Assembly, Government of Manitoba
  • Translator, Manulife Financial

Gender Studies and Social Justice

Teacher - Grand River


  • Administrative Assistant, Ontario March of Dimes
  • German Research Assistant, Justice Department
  • Public Relations Officer, Montreal Separate School Board


  • Archivist, Wellington County Museum
  • Lawyer, Amy, Appleby & Brennan
  • Tax Auditor, U.S. Internal Revenue Service

Legal Studies

  • Director of Nursing—St. Thomas General Hospital
  • Marketing Officer—Statistics Canada
  • Editorial Assistant—Homemaker Magazine

Medieval Studies

  • Counsellor, Lutherwood CODA
  • Latin Instructor, University of London
  • Translator, Cambridge University


  • Manager of Artistic Operations—Living Arts Centre
  • Music Therapist—St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Child Care Worker—Driftwood Park Day Care Centre

Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Program Liaison Coordinator - World Vision International
  • Case Manager - Peacemakers
  • Intelligence Officer - Department of National Defence


  • Lawyer - Kim Fullerton, Barrister and Solicitor
  • Analyst - Treasury Board of Canada
  • Sports Editor - Guelph Tribune

Political Science

  • Lawyer - Legal Aid Ontario
  • Executive Director - Ontario Human Rights Commission
  • Communications Advisor - Natural Resources Canada


  • Registered Nurse - Eastern Ontario Health Unit
  • Teacher, Autism Spectrum Disorders Team - Halton District School Board
  • Protection Support Worker - Children's Aid Society

Religious Studies

  • Associate Pastor - Mennonite Church
  • Executive Director - Ausable Family Services
  • Retreat Facilitator - De La Salle College

Russian and Eastern European Studies

  • Business Analyst - Manulife Financial
  • Manager, Human Resources - Auditor General of Ontario

Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies

  • Regional Manager, Client Solutions - VMC Consulting Corp.
  • Teacher - Thames Valley District School Board
  • Youth Support Worker - Argus Residence for Young People


  • Recreation Therapist - YMCA
  • Law Enforcement Agent - Canada Revenue Agency
  • Human Resources Manager - Colgate-Palmolive Canada


  • Training Coordinator - Department of National Defence
  • Volunteer Coordinator - Perth District Health Unit
  • Teacher - Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Speech Communication

  • Strategic Planning Officer - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Beta Project Specialist - Blackberry
  • Manager, Human Relations - Microsoft Canada

Theatre and Performance

  • Stage Manager, Stratford Festival
  • Teacher, Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Senior Officer, Friends' Corps - National Ballet of Canada

Arts education aids students in skills needed in the workplace: flexibility, the ability to solve problems and communicate, the ability to learn new skills, to be creative and innovative, and to strive for excellence.”

Joseph M. Calahan, Xerox Corporation