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Honours Arts and Business at Waterloo

Follow your passion for Arts — and make your parents happy too.

Benefit from the breadth of an Arts degree, and gain the know-how to make an impact in the world of business.

Choose the regular system of study and finish in 4 years, or add 20 months of serious work experience to your résumé. You’ve even got the option of studying abroad.

Honours Arts and Business gives you the ideal tools for a career in public relations, human resources, business, communications, marketing, project management, law, and more.

14 business courses

Through your core business courses, you'll gain an in-depth understanding of accounting, management, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, ethics, and communication.

23 Arts majors

Pick any one of the 23 majors we offer in humanities, social sciences, languages, fine arts, or performing arts. Meanwhile, you’ll still have room to round out your degree with other courses that spark your interest.


Melissa - Honours of Arts and Business

Melissa chose Honours Arts and Business because of the practical aspects the program offered compared to other arts-based programs. She credits her professors and Fine Arts courses with helping her grow into the artist she is today.

About Honours Arts and Business



Admission requirements

  • Ontario students: 6 Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
    • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70% is required)
    • Recommended courses:
      • 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 recommended, however you may opt to take an introductory calculus course in first year to acquire additional background.
  • Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
  • An Admission Information Form is recommended.
  • Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements database.
  • After applying you may choose to register through Renison University College or St. Jerome's University.

First-year courses

September to December

ARBUS 101 - Business in North America
ECON 101 - Introduction to Microeconomics
2 Courses in your potential major(s)
Arts First requirement 1*

January to April

ARBUS 102 - Accounting Information for Managers
ARBUS 202 – Professional and Business Ethics
2 Courses in your potential major(s)
Arts First requirement 2*
*The Arts First requirement consists of 2 first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

About 30% of your courses will be in business while 40% of your time will focus on your honours major. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Customize your degree

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



By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

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


Recent graduates

  • Donor & Member Relations Coordinator, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Advertising Account Planner, Microsoft Canada
  • HR Coordinator, PepsiCo Canada
  • Economist, Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Business Communications Manager, BlackBerry
  • Team Lead, BMO Money Market Operations

Learn more about Honours Arts and Business

  • Email Sam Wiebe, our Arts recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions