Honours Arts and Business

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

Honours Arts and Business is where the things you’re passionate about intersect with business. Pick one of 29 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.

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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)

We recommend completing the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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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.

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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.

Choose from 29 majors

An Arts advisor can help you understand the options available to you as a new student and in choosing the major that suits your interests and goals.


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Contact an Arts student ambassador to learn about their experience.

Ask them questions such as why they chose their program, what the classes are like, and how you can get involved on campus.


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29 Arts majors

Pick one of 29 majors in humanities, social sciences, languages, fine arts, 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.