Honours Arts and Business

Follow your passion for Arts — and be business savvy, too

Honours Arts and Business students playing cards in University of Waterloo residence

Through the Honours Arts and Business Living Learning Community, you can live with other first-year students in your program; get to know upper-year students, professors, and alumni; and participate in special academic events.

Honours Arts and Business is where the things you’re passionate about intersect with business. Pick one of 30 majors — a subject you’re curious about or something you’ve always loved — then layer on business classes that teach you the practical skills employers look for.

Want your degree to be even more customized? Add on a second honours major or a minor. Choose the regular system of study and finish in four years, or add 20 months of serious work experience to your résumé through co-op. You’ve even got the option of studying abroad.

You can co-register and complete your Waterloo degree through St. Jerome's University or Renison University College, smaller academic communities located on campus.

Program highlights

  • 30 majors to choose from. Pick one of 30 majors in humanities, social sciences, languages, and fine or performing arts. Then round out your degree with courses in other subjects that spark your interest.
  • 14 business courses. Through your business courses, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of accounting, management, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, ethics, and communication.

30 majors to choose from


What will you learn? 

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take four introductory business courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore two majors of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be in your chosen major while 30% will be in business.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Arts and Business degree.

Customize your degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your Bachelor of Arts degree.


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Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • any Grade 12 U English (final grade of at least 70% is required)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

Recommended courses

Mathematics of Data Management is recommended if you're interested in majoring in Anthropology; Economics; Psychology; Political Science; Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies; Social Development Studies; or Sociology.

If you plan to major in Economics, Calculus and Vectors is also recommended, however you can choose to take a first-year calculus course to acquire additional background.

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.

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Please contact our Faculty of Arts recruitment team who can answer any questions you have.


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