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Honours Arts and Business

This program offers an enriched academic experience designed to provide students with a competitive advantage in developing their careers. - Emanuel Carvalho, ​Associate Dean

The Honours Arts and Business program enables you to combine an honours degree in arts with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of business. 

In addition to fulfilling all the major requirements for the arts degree, you'll also learn:

  • Business, marketing, and entrepreneurial principles
  • Significance of economic, social, political, and historic developments
  • Business communication and leadership skills
  • Strategic decision-making and project management
  • Professional and business ethics
  • Canadian and international perspectives

The Honours Arts and Business Program is unique to the University of Waterloo and available as a regular or cooperative program. With the program, you'll:

  • participate in Capsim’s Capstone business simulation designed to provide students with the experience of running their own business. The simulation, delivered in ARBUS 400, enables students to apply concepts such as strategic thinking, marketing strategies and business ethics learned in other Honours Arts and Business courses.

Required courses

In addition to the requirements for your honours major (which you'll select at the end of first year), you’ll take 15 required Honours Arts and Business courses:

Co-op students

List of business courses and recommended times to take them for co-op students
Course code Course name
ARBUS 100 Introduction to Honours Arts and Business
ARBUS 101 Introduction to Business in North America
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
ARBUS 102 Accounting Information for Managers
ARBUS 202 Professional and Business Ethics
ARTS 280 Statistics (or another approved Arts statistics course)
SPCOM 204 Leadership, Teams, and Communication
Work term Co-op
ENGL 210F Genres of Business Communication
ARBUS 200 Entrepreneurship Principles and Practices
Work term Co-op
ARBUS 302 Marketing I: Principles of Marketing and Consumer Economics
Work term Co-op
ARBUS 301 International Business
Work term Co-op
Work term Co-op
ARBUS 300 Practical Business Skills
ARBUS 303* Marketing II
ARBUS 400 Strategy and Program Integration

*starting in fall 2017

And one of:

Course code Course name
HIST 113 Canadian Business History: Innovators and Entrepreneurs
HIST 243 European Business History: From Workshop to Factory and Beyond
PSCI 231 Government and Business

Course sequencing chart for co-op program (effective Fall 2017 for new students)
Course sequencing chart for co-op program (for students who started prior to Fall 2017)


Non-co-op students

If you choose the regular program, rather than co-op, your business courses will remain the same, but the recommend time to take them may differ slightly. 

List of business courses and recommended times to take them for traditional (non-co-op) students
Course code Course name
ARBUS 100 Introduction to Honours Arts and Business
ARBUS 101 Introduction to Business in North America
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
ARBUS 102 Accounting Information for Managers
ARBUS 202 Professional and Business Ethics
ARTS 280 Statistics (or another approved Arts statistics course)
SPCOM 204 Leadership, Teams, and Communication
ARBUS 200 Entrepreneurship Principles and Practices
ENGL 210F Genres of Business Communication
ARBUS 301 International Business
ARBUS 302 Marketing I: Principles of Marketing and Consumer Economics
ARBUS 303* Marketing II
ARBUS 300 Practical Business Skills
ARBUS 400 Strategy and Program Integration

*starting in fall 2017

And one of:

Course code Course name
HIST 113 Canadian Business History: Innovators and Entrepreneurs
HIST 243 European Business History: From Workshop to Factory and Beyond
PSCI 231 Government and Business

Course sequencing chart for regular program (effective Fall 2017 for new students)
Course sequencing chart for regular program (for students who started prior to Fall 2017)


Add to your learning experience

Minors are a way to add to your learning experience. You can earn a minor within and outside the Faculty of Arts. You can also pursue interdisciplinary-based minors such as Human Resources Management, International Studies, and Cognitive Science. Minors through the Faculty of Arts are 8 courses. 
 

Lina
Honours Arts and Business Co-op
Psychology major, Human Resources Management

Future plans: a Master’s in Industrial Relations and Human Resources and a CHRP designation
Co-op jobs: BlackBerry and General Motors

I looked for ways to help me stand out from the crowd. When I found Waterloo's Honours Arts and Business program, I knew it would make me more marketable to employers.

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Matthew
Honours Arts and Business Co-op
Social Development Studies major

Co-op jobs: Policy Analyst/Advisor and Program Analyst/Advisor - Government of Ontario, Junior Analyst - Federal Government of Canada (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada) 

I chose the Honours Arts and Business co-op program because it offered the opportunity to prepare for challenging careers across a variety of sectors. The program has done exactly that

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Lisa HallmanLisa Hallman

4th year Arts and Business student

Co-op program

Human Resources Specialist at Desire 2 Learn

Academically, the program gave me a strong foundation in business while allowing me to pursue at Arts major. The knowledge I gained in both of these fields helped me to diversify and stand out amongst other degrees. Being in co-op was the best part of this program and I definitely would not have graduated with my current job if it was not for my co-op experience. Arts and Business creates well rounded students who have the necessary skills and confidence for the work world.