The process to declare your major happens at the end of first year for Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business students.
- Review the majors and minors and think about what subjects interest you most
- Attend a general info session with an Arts advisor to learn more about the Declare a Major steps
- Drop by the Major Fair in Founders Hall, Hagey Hub on Tuesday, March 7, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
- Attend Departmental Sessions for specific information about majors and minors
- Review the required courses for second year:
- Complete a Plan Modification form listing your choice of major/plan
How do I fill out the Plan Modification Form?
We've filled out some sample forms to help you:
- Currently in Honours Arts; want to declare a major
- Currently in Honours Arts and Business (Regular or Co-op); want to declare a major
- Currently in Honours Arts; want to declare a Double Major
- Currently in Honours Arts; want to apply to Arts and Business and declare a major
- Currently in Liberal Studies; want to declare a major
Why do I need to declare a major?
When you applied to Waterloo, you told us the major that you thought you were interested in studying but you may have changed your mind. This is normal and encouraged and this is why we need you to officially tell us what major you have decided on.
Can I declare two majors?
Yes, you can personalize your degree by declaring two Honours majors.
- Any two Arts Honours majors can be combined for Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, with the exception of Mathematical Economics (BA).
- Many Honours Arts majors can be combined with a few honours majors offered in other faculties. Arts students who wish to pursue an Honours major with another faculty should refer to available Arts academic plans in the Undergraduate Calendar.
If you want a second area of interest, but don’t want to complete the 16 courses required for a second major, consider a minor.
- All of the major subjects listed above can be pursued as a minor.
- You can also consider an interdisciplinary minor.
- For more information see the Majors and Minors web page.
Where do I submit my Plan Modification form?
Where you need to submit your form depends on your program and the campus you're registered at.
|I am...||Submit your form to...|
|a main campus Honours Arts student||The Arts Undergraduate Office (PAS 2439)|
|a main campus Arts and Business student||The Arts Undergraduate Office (PAS 2439)|
|a St. Jerome's Honours Arts student||The St. Jerome's Registrar's Office|
|a St. Jerome's Arts and Business student||Paige Doherty (STJ 2004)|
|a Renison Honours Arts student||The Renison Registrar's Office|
What are the Fall 2017 course selection dates?
|What's happening||When its happening|
|Fall 2017 Course selection
(Request your classes. This is your best chance of getting into the classes you really want)
|May 23-29, 2017|
|View your class schedule in Quest
(If you requested your classes in May)
|July 20, 2017|
|Drop/add appointment period begins
(Make any necessary changes to your schedule or add courses if you did not do so in May)
|July 24, 2017|
|Last day to add classes for fall 2017||September 20, 2017|
How many courses do I need to declare my major?
You’ll need to complete 8 courses — 2 courses need to be in the major you want.
Note: Social Development Studies and Global Business and Digital Arts students — you’re already admitted to your major, but you can use electives to explore other Arts-related subjects.
What UG calendar (requirements) do I follow?
- You normally follow the requirements set out in the Undergraduate Calendar that was published at the time you were admitted to the Faculty of Arts. Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts in Fall 2016 or later must follow the requirements outlined in the 2016-17 Arts Undergraduate Calendar.
- The new 2017-2018 Undergraduate Calendar will be posted in mid-February. To find the requirements for previous calendars (including 2016-2017) use the List of Undergraduate Studies Archived Calendars.
When will I know if I got accepted into my major?
What if I'm not ready to declare my major yet?
If you’re in Arts and Business, you must declare an Honours major at the end of first year.
If you’re in Honours Arts and aren’t sure what to major in, or don’t have the required courses or grades to declare your major yet, you’ll start your second year as a Liberal Studies student. It’s okay to take the time to try out different subjects if you don’t find the right one in your first year! Talk to your academic advisor about second-year courses if you plan to become a Liberal Studies student.