Flexibility is the name of the game

Student in the Liberal Arts program at the University of Waterloo.

One of the joys of being in university is having time to broaden your horizons, discover new interests, and get involved in a range of extracurricular activities. Liberal Studies gives you that freedom.

Commonly called a liberal arts degree at other universities, Liberal Studies allows you to explore many different subjects in the humanities, social sciences, languages and cultures, and fine and performing arts – plus courses you’d like to take from some of Waterloo's other faculties.

You can add focus to your degree with a minor or minors, or keep it completely general. (And if you do fall passionately in love with a subject along the way, you can switch into a major at any point.) An academic advisor can help you plan your degree and choose courses.

You can also enrich your learning through Waterloo’s EDGE (experiential education) certificate and Global Experience Certificate programs – or by studying Liberal Studies as part of the Honours Arts and Business degree.

bookAvailable through co-op and the regular system of study as a full-time or part-time and online program

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Graduation capEarn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies



Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Liberal Studies as your major.

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100+ subject areas

With more than 100 different subject areas at Waterloo, you have plenty of choice! (You can even complete your degree entirely online.)

Transfer students welcome

Liberal Studies allows you to complete up to half of your courses in other programs or by transfer credit from past studies.