Welcome to the Faculty of Arts!
Our Advising Team is ready to help you make the most of your university experience. Let's get started!
Did you transfer from another university or college? Follow the course selection steps below!
Did you transfer to Arts from another University of Waterloo faculty? Your next steps are different. Contact your Arts academic advisor about course selection for your first term as an Arts student!
Get ready for September
Review the Important Dates and Activities below for deadlines and due dates.
Important Dates and Activities
Follow Faculty of Arts SPECIFIC DATES regardless of other published dates you may encounter.
|After accepting your offer||
Join Waterloo Arts Discord channel and start connecting with current and incoming students! If you haven’t received your server invite and wish to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|May 27, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT|
|July 4-11||Submit your course choices during the Fall New Student Course Selection Period.|
|Week of July 4||
Start checking your Waterloo Microsoft 365 account daily. All email communication from the University of Waterloo will be sent to your @uwaterloo.ca email account. To set up your account, see the Accessing your Microsoft 365 account page.
Waterloo undergraduates have access to an Office 365 account including Outlook (email), Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Teams.
If you have trouble with the Microsoft 365 login, visit the FAQ page.
|July (date TBA)||
Arts Ready Day - This event will be held in person, as well as live streamed. More info coming soon!
Don't see all of the classes you requested? You can make changes to your schedule starting on July 21.
Add your Arts First course (ARTS 130 or ARTS 140) and, if needed, adjust your fall schedule.
|Early August||Fall fees listed in your Quest account. Learn how to view your fees and account summary.|
Fall fees due (to be paid). Learn how to pay your fees.
Winter course selection in Quest.
Course selection information
Step 1: Review your degree requirements and transfer credits
Transfer credits are relevant to your degree in several ways:
- Transfer credit courses apply towards the total number of courses needed to complete your Bachelor of Arts degree requirements
- Transfer credits can count towards fulfilling some of the Bachelor of Arts breadth requirements.
- Transfer credit courses help establish your academic level
- The highest level you can attain solely through transfer credits is 3A.
- Transfer credit courses may apply towards your academic plan(s).
You may see a mix of specified and unspecified transfer credits.
- Specified transfer credits have a regular course number (e.g., ECON 101).
- Unspecified transfer credits don't have a specific course number (e.g., PSYCH 1XX, ENGL 2XX).
- Transfer credits are labelled “XX” when there is no direct equivalent course at Waterloo
For additional questions related to transfer credits, see the FAQs below.
Step 2: Choose your courses
Wondering what you should take?
- All new Arts students are required to take both Arts First courses, ARTS 130 (Inquiry and Communication) and ARTS 140 (Information and Analysis), in order to fulfill the Undergraduate Communication Requirement. The exception is where a transfer student has already completed a BA degree from another Canadian University.
- Course descriptions of each section of ARTS 130/140 can be found on the Arts First website.
- It doesn't matter in which order they are taken, but only one Arts First course can be taken at a time.
- You will add your Fall term Arts First course in Quest starting on July 20 (see Step 4 below).
- If you want to declare a major, you'll need to complete specific courses.
- Found an interesting course?
- All Arts students need courses to complete the BA Breadth Requirements.
- Depending on your transfer credits, you may have already satisfied these requirements, or you may still need to take some courses to complete them.
Step 3: Get your course choices approved
After you've decided which courses you want to take, email a list of your course requests to your academic advisor who will review and approve them.
|Campus of registration||Program||Academic Advisor|
Honours Arts and Liberal Studies
Honours Arts and Business
|St. Jerome's||Honours Arts, Honours Arts and Business, and Liberal Studies|
Honours Arts and Liberal Studies
Social Development Studies
Step 4: Submit your course choices during the Fall New Student Course Selection Period (July 4 - 11, 2023)
Step 5: Review and adjust your Fall schedule during the Course Drop/Add Period (begins July 20, 2023)
You will be able to view your class schedule in Quest beginning July 20. If you need to make adjustments to your schedule, you can do so when the Fall New Student Drop/Add Period begins on July 29.
Current Waterloo students will have access to Quest to add courses as of July 24. This means available spots in classes will fill quickly, so we recommend you adjust your schedule as soon as you can.
- See all of the classes you requested?
- The only step left is to enrol in one of ARTS 130 or ARTS 140. Follow the detailed instructions on how to add your Arts First course, found on the Arts First How you'll enrol page.
- Don’t see all of the classes you requested?
- If you didn't get into all of the classes you requested, don’t worry – you can login to Quest to add additional classes (to a maximum of 5 classes in total, including ARTS 130 or ARTS 140).
- If you decide to swap a class, make sure to use the swap function - it's the best way to try to switch one class for another. See the Quest Undergraduate students page for more helpful instructions.
Frequently asked questions
Why was I admitted to Honours Arts instead of my major?
You cannot be admitted to a major until you have completed 8 courses, with two of those courses being in your major.
Students can use transfer credits to fulfil the first requirement — 8 courses total — but usually need to take at least two Waterloo courses in their major subject before they are eligible to declare their major. You need to establish an average in your major subject, and transfer credits do not include your grades or an average.
My transfer credits haven't been finalized yet. What do I do?
Check that your final official transcript has been received by the University. Final official transcripts are usually available about three weeks after term ends. We strongly recommend you send your final grades to our admissions team as soon as possible.
In addition to a final transcript our admissions team might also require course outlines to assess for transfer credit – if so they will communicate with you directly. If you have submitted your final transcript (and if appropriate, course outlines), then your courses are likely being assessed for transfer credit by the department that teaches the relevant courses at Waterloo. If you have any questions, email our admissions team.