Why Arts at Waterloo?

community iconDevelop human-centred skills at Waterloo. Find out how to persuade and communicate, and harness your imagination and empathy to become a good leader and valued team member. And most importantly, you’ll learn how to learn.

line drawing of a briefcaseGet motivated and start carving out a meaningful and productive career by leveraging the power of co-op. You’ll test out different industries and types of work, all the while earning money to help pay for your education.


2 first-year courses capped at 25 studentsMake a seamless move from high school to university with the Arts First program. These unique, super small classes help you ramp up your communication and analysis skills – and they’re available for most Faculty of Arts programs.Designed to help

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Entry programs

Apply directly to one of these programs on your application. For Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business, you choose your major at the end of first year.


For Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business, 40% of your courses are in your major. You can even do a double major or add a minor!


Co-op and careers

In the Faculty of Arts, Honours Arts and Honours Arts and Business have both co-op and non-co-op streams, the direct entry program for Social Development Studies is non-co-op only, and the remainder of the entry programs are co-op-only programs.

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Get paid. You’ll grow from up to 20 months of meaningful work and help offset the cost of your education.

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Be ready. Your courses help prepare you for that first co-op job by developing core competencies.

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Build skills. Gain knowledge with each work term and strengthen your résumé.


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Join us on Spotify to get the inside scoop from recent Waterloo Arts grads. Where are they working? How did they get there and what did they learn along the way?

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Amy Zhou, '17 is a graduate of the Honours Arts and Business Co-op program with majors in English and Economics.

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Dylan Ball, '16 is a graduate of the Honours Arts program. The former Arts Student Union executive majored in Psychology.

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Samantha Santos, '13 is a graduate of the Honours Arts and Business Co-op program and majored in Legal Studies.


Discover student life in the Faculty of Arts

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From social and academic clubs to learning why Arts students love a cute little boar named Porcellino. This is Arts student life.


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Want to learn more about admissions, programs, student experience, and co-op?

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How to apply

Not sure about next steps? We'll walk you through the process of applying.

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Have some questions? The Faculty of Arts recruitment team would be happy to help.

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