At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with co-op work terms and graduate with relevant, paid work experience. This means learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying your skills to real-life problems and learning about yourself along the way.
In Arts, co-op is available in Speech Communication through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.
- Learn how co-op works
- Learn if co-op is right for you
- Learn about your roles and responsibilities as a co-op student
Co-op is only available to students in Honours academic plans.
- Honour Speech Communication students require a minimum of 70% major average
- Honours Arts and Business, Honours Speech Communication students require a minimum 70% major average and a minimum 70% average in their Honours Arts and Business courses.
If you are eligible, you will be admitted to co-op prior to starting your second year Fall term (academic level 2A). Learn more about Arts co-op eligibility.
You will have five work term opportunities in your sequence and you need to complete a minimum of four work terms. The sequence you follow is determined by when you start your studies and your academic plan(s). For example, students in Honours Arts and Business follow a different sequence than students in Honours Arts.
Learn more about which sequence you follow as a Speech Communication major.
If you are requesting a sequence change, please see:
- Reasons for a sequence change request
- Co-operative Education request for academic/work term sequence change form
Co-op at Waterloo is predominantly funded by a student-paid co-op fee. Similar to tuition, this fee is associated with being enrolled in a co-op program and is paid in instalments throughout your time at Waterloo. To learn more about these fees and what they cover, visit the Co-operative Education’s fee page.
Work term reports and Professional Development (PD) courses
Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four work reports. The first work report, which is to be completed during your first work term, will be satisfied by successful completion of PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace. Learn more about the Arts work term report requirements.
Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four Professional Development (PD) courses. These courses help you increase your employability and assist you with seeing connections between workplace experience and what you learn in the classroom.
First and second year students must complete the narrative analysis work report option. Third and fourth year students may choose between a narrative analysis work report or an organizational communication work report, though there is no advantage to students in choosing either option.
Co-op reports are due one week after the start of classes. The reports are to be completed and addressed to Professor Shannon Hartling.
As a co-op student, you will have a team of support. Learn how to connect with your team.
All students (co-op and regular streams) have access to Centre for Career Action resources and supports at any point during their time at Waterloo.