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 23 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 4 years, or add 20 months of serious work experience to your résumé through co-op. You’ve even got the option of studying abroad.
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.
14 business courses
Through your business courses, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of accounting, management, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, ethics, and communication.
23 Arts majors
Pick one of 23 majors in humanities, social sciences, languages, fine arts, or performing arts. You’ll still have room to round out your degree with courses in other areas that spark your interest.
About Honours Arts and Business
Starts in first year: apply directly to the Honours Arts and Business program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in your major
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
23 majors to choose from
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.
Ontario students need 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70% is required)
- For Anthropology; Economics; Psychology; Political Science; Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies; Social Development Studies; and Sociology; Mathematics of Data Management is recommended
- For Economics: Calculus and Vectors is also recommended, however you can choose to take a first-year calculus course to acquire additional background.
With expertise in both business and your major, you'll have the skills and knowledge needed for a career in an incredible range of areas such as business, government, marketing, project management, communications, law, human resources, public relations, and more.
- Donor & Member Relations Coordinator, Toronto International Film Festival
- HR Coordinator, PepsiCo Canada
- Economist, Ontario Ministry of Finance
- Business Communications Manager, BlackBerry
- Team Lead, BMO Money Market Operations
First-year Honours Arts and Business courses
September to December
January to April
After first year
Customize your degree
You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.
In co-op, you'll normally alternate between 4-month school terms and 4-month paid work terms throughout your degree. With thousands of employers hiring Waterloo co-op students each year, you can explore careers by applying to co-op jobs related to your major.
Sample co-op positions
- Legal Office Assistant, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
- Entrepreneurship Programmer, Trainer, and Coordinator, Waterloo Region Small Business Centre
- Junior Marketing Writer/Proofreader, Quarry Integrated Communications
- Human Resources Trainee, Interglobe Technology Quotient
- Marketing Communications Associate, Microsoft Canada