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Customize your degree with minors, options, and more

If you're interested in more than one subject at Waterloo, many programs allow you to easily add additional areas of interest. Most specializations start in second year. 

Minors available to all Waterloo students

A minor consists of 8-10 courses which you would complete as part of the 40 or so courses for your degree. If you meet the requirements for a minor, it becomes part of your degree. For example, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Anthropology with a minor in Political Science. You can view each minor's requirements below.

 

Other ways to customize your degree

Students in any program can include these certificates, options, and diplomas as part of their degree. In some programs, you may need to take additional courses. 

 

The Experiential Education Certificate is for students in the regular (non-co-op) system of study while the Certificate in English for Multilingual Speakers is for students whose first language is not English.

As well, you can often choose options and specializations within your major/program.​

Double majors and joint honours

In many programs, you can choose a double major or joint honours degree. This allows you to focus your studies on 2 main areas of interest. Of the 40 or so courses needed to earn your degree, most would be in your 2 majors. 

A double major is 2 areas of interest within the same academic faculty while a joint honours involves subjects in different faculties, e.g., Arts and Science or Environment and Applied Health Sciences.

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