If you're interested in more than one subject at Waterloo, many programs allow you to combine areas of interest. Most minors and other specializations start in second year.
Interested in math and music? Biology and geography? Chemistry and Spanish? There are many ways to combine interests and to make your Waterloo degree uniquely you.
Minors and options available to all Waterloo students
As ways to expand your degree, minors and options generally consist 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 an option or 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.
Many of Waterloo's 100+ programs offer options and specializations related to the program.
Arts, humanities, social sciences
Culture and languages
Math and computer science
Science and health
Other ways to customize your degree
These certificates and diplomas are open to all Waterloo students. Courses you take for your degree can often count toward a certificate, diploma, or option. In some programs, e.g., Engineering, you may need to take additional courses.
- Experiential Education Certificate (for students not in co-op)
- Global Experience Certificate
- Student Leadership Program
Double major or 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., majoring in Anthropology (Faculty of Arts) and Biology (Faculty of Science).
These are generally not available in highly-structured programs such as Engineering, Architecture, Accounting and Financial Management, Computer Science, etc.