Flexibility is the name of the game

Students pursuing liberal arts degree at 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 or by studying Liberal Studies as part of the Honours Arts and Business degree.

Program highlights

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.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

In first year you won't have any required courses for your degree - meaning the classes you'll take will be completely up to you! In upper years, most of the classes you'll take will be offered by the Faculty of Arts.

Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Liberal Studies degree.

Customize your degree

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


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Hagey Hall (pictured on the right) is one of the newest additions to the Faculty of Arts. This space was created specifically with Arts students in mind. There is plenty of sitting and study spaces available for all students to use.

Students in Hagey Hall



Apply to Honours Arts or Honour Arts and Business and choose Liberal Studies as your major at the end of first year.

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

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

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

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?

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