Bachelor of Arts breadth requirements

The Faculty of Arts wants you to have a broad range of study within your BA. Therefore, all students in Arts BA programs must complete 10 courses as noted in the following chart. You must meet the BA Breadth Requirements before you graduate.

Concentrate on choosing any courses required by your program or your potential major(s) first and try to incorporate courses related to your BA Breadth Requirements as electives. Remember, you don’t have to complete all of your BA breadth requirements in your first year.

Note: Bachelor of Accounting and Financial Management, Bachelor of Computing and Financial Management, and Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts students have different requirements.

BA Breadth Requirements (2020-2021 Undergraduate Calendar)
Requirements Subjects Number of required courses
Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts Digital Arts Communication, Drama, Fine Arts, Music, Speech Communication, Visual Culture 1
Humanities Classical Studies, English, History, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 2
Languages and Cultures American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, East Asian Studies, French, German, Greek, Italian, Italian Studies, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Russian and East European Studies, Spanish, Studies in Islam, Mohawk 2

Social Sciences
(see note 1)

Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Development Studies (formerly Interdisciplinary Social Science), Sociology. 4
Transdisciplinary Studies Accounting and Financial Management; Applied Language Studies; Arts; Arts and Business; Church Music and Worship; Human Resources Management; Human Sciences; Indigenous Studies; International Studies; Legal Studies; Management Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies; Social Work; Women's Studies. Also any course taken in another University of Waterloo faculty. 1

Total required courses: 10

Note 1: No more than two courses (1.0 unit) in the same discipline may count towards the Social Sciences requirement.