Current Course Offerings

Culture and Language Studies Course Offerings for Fall 2024

*ARTS students should carefully check which courses meet the category requirements of the ARTS Breadth Table. For example, language courses fit the “Languages and Cultures” category while English and Religious Studies courses fit the “Humanities” category.

American Sign Language (ASL)

ASL 101R - American Sign Language 1 (In-Person Course)
ASL 102R - American Sign Language 2 (In-Person Course)

Applied Language Studies (APPLS)

APPLS 205R - Second Language Acquisition (Blended Course)
APPLS 301 - Language, Culture, and Identity (In-Person Course)

Check out our Applied Language Studies minor and diploma

Arabic Language (ARABIC)

ARABIC 101R - Introduction to Arabic 1 (Online Course)
ARABIC 201R - Intermediate Arabic 1 (Online Course)

Students interested in taking Arabic must submit an Arabic Assessment Form to ensure they're placed in the appropriate course level. Check out our diplomas in Arabic language. 

Arts (ARTS)

ARTS 130 [SEM 001] - Inquiry and Communication: What are you saying? (In-Person Course)
ARTS 130 [SEM 081] - Inquiry and Communication: Social Justice (Online Course)

Chinese Language & Culture Courses (CHINA)

CHINA 101R - First-Year Chinese 1 (In-Person Course)
CHINA 102R - First-Year Chinese 2 (In-Person Course)
CHINA 120R - Advanced First-Year Chinese (In-Person Course)
CHINA 180R - Conversational Chinese (In-Person Course)
CHINA 201R - Second-Year Chinese 1 (In-Person Course)
CHINA 202R - Second-Year Chinese 2 (In-Person Course)
CHINA 320R - Chinese in Mass Media (In-Person Course)

Students interested in taking Chinese must submit a Chinese Assessment Form to ensure they're placed in the appropriate course level. Check out our diplomas in Chinese language. 

East Asian Studies (EASIA)

EASIA 100R -Introduction to East Asia (Online Course)
EASIA 101R - East Asian Languages (In-Person Course)
EASIA 120R – Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture (In-Person Course)
EASIA 202R - Chinese Culture and Society (In-Person Course)
EASIA 203R - Japanese Culture and Society (In-Person Course)
EASIA 204R - Korean Culture and Society (In-Person Course)
EASIA 220R - History of East Asian Communities (In-Person Course)
EASIA 277R - International Relations of East Asia (Blended Course)

Check out our East Asian Studies minor and diploma

English Language & Literature (ENGL)

ENGL 100A - Fiction (Blended Course)
ENGL 210C - Genres of Creative Writing (In-Person Course)

English Language Studies (EMLS) - Undergraduate Courses

EMLS 101R - Oral Communications for Academic Purposes (In-Person + Online Options)
EMLS 102R - Clear Communication in English Writing (In-Person + Online Options)
EMLS 103R - Effective English Pronunciation (Blended Course)
EMLS 129R - Written Academic English (In-Person + Online Options)

Check out our English for Multilingual Speakers undergraduate diploma and certificate

English Language Studies (EMLS) - Graduate Courses

EMLS 601R - Speaking English for Professional Purposes (Blended Course)
EMLS 602R - Scholarly Writing in English (Blended + Online Options)

Check out our English for Multilingual Speakers graduate certificate

Japanese Language & Culture Courses (JAPAN)

JAPAN 101R - First-Year Japanese 1 (In-Person Course)
JAPAN 102R - First-Year Japanese 2 (In-Person Course)
JAPAN 201R - Second-Year Japanese 1 (In-Person Course)
JAPAN 202R - Second-Year Japanese 2 (In-Person Course)
JAPAN 301R - Third-Year Japanese 1 (In-Person Course)

Have experience with Japanese? Reach out to us at cls@uwaterloo.ca to ensure you're placed in the appropriate course level. Check out our diplomas in Japanese language. 

Korean Language & Culture Courses (KOREA)

KOREA 101R - First-Year Korean 1 (In-Person Course)
KOREA 102R - First-Year Korean 2 (In-Person Course)
KOREA 201R - Second-Year Korean 1 (In-Person Course)
KOREA 202R - Second-Year Korean 2 (In-Person Course)

Have experience with Korean? Reach out to us at cls@uwaterloo.ca to ensure you're placed in the appropriate course level. Check out our diplomas in Korean language. 

Mohawk Language (MOHAWK)

Check back in Fall 2025.

Religious Studies (RS)

RS 123 - Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture (In-Person Course)
RS 242R - Religion and Social Development (In-Person Course)
RS 270 - Religion in Popular Film (Online Course)

Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures (SI)

SI 121R - Islam in the World (In-Person Course)
SI 132R - Modern Arab & Muslim Drama (Blended Course)

Check out our Studies in Islamic and Arab Cultures minor and diploma


Detailed course descriptions can be found on the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.

Style of course and tutorial information can be found on the Undergraduate Schedule of Classes.

Blended Course = Some online components, some in-person components at Renison University College

In-Person Course = Held at Renison University College, unless specified

Online Course = Fully online