Flexibility is the name of the game.

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.

This is a program where you can explore many different Arts subjects, plus any courses you’d like to take from other faculties.

Add a little 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.)

You can also enrich your learning through Waterloo’s Experiential Education Certificate and Global Experience Certificate programs.

Admission requirements

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




First-year courses

This program does not have any required courses in first year except for the Arts First* requirements. You'll choose eighth additional courses in your first-year for a total of 10 courses.

*The Arts First requirement consists of two 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

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Faculty of Arts courses. 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.


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

icon of network of peopleOffered by the Faculty of Arts

Graduation capEarn a general Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies


What can you do with a Liberal Studies degree?

  • Marketing Coordinator – TheAppLabb
  • Business Development Agent – Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
  • Workforce Development – Sheridan College
  • Tax Auditor – Canada Revenue Agency
  • Junior Accountant – Dunsire Developments Inc
  • Career Advisor – University of Waterloo
  • Executive Assistant – Mondelez International

For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, and creative arts.

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 faculties or via transfer credit from past studies.


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