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Regular Academic Study or Co-op?

An Honours History degree can be taken as either regular academic study or co-op. The academic requirements of an Honours History degree are identical whether you choose regular academic study or co-op.

The University of Waterloo has a world-renowned co-operative education program, and history students may find work with participating employers in fields such as education, archives, business, government, industry, and the non-profit sector.

There are advantages to taking both regular academic study and the co-op option. It is up to you to decide which path is better, based on your goals and preferences. For more information to help you choose what is best for you, check out the Arts Co-op page.

Co-op Requirements

Students can apply for co-op when they apply for admission to UWaterloo Arts, and then may declare co-op with their History major (at the end of 1B or start of 2A term) with a minimum average of 70% in their History courses. Current students seeking to add a co-op option may consult the Arts Co-op eligibility page to determine your admission to co-op.

Co-op students will complete eight terms of study on campus and a minimum of four work terms and four work term reports. An employer evaluation is required for each work term undertaken. Co-op students also complete four online Professional Development (PD) courses as part of their studies. For more information on WatPD courses, please consult the WatPD page.

Please note that the History Department's work term report reqirements are different than the Arts work term report guidelines. If your first major is History, please consult History's work term report requirements page.

History co-op students are highly encouraged to take two of HIST 203, HIST 302 and HIST 303 during the course of their studies to develop key skills employers look for in the workplace.

Which degree options in History are eligible for co-op?

All Honours Arts students at Waterloo can take advantage of the co-op program to get valuable, paid, work experience during their undergraduate degree.

Co-op is available to students in Honours History. Admissions to co-op is based on your admission into Arts, or your year one academic results (grades) if you were not admitted directly to Honours Arts, Co-op. For more information on eligibility for admission to co-op in Arts as a current undergraduate student, check out the Arts Co-op eligibility page.

Co-op is also available to students in Honours History Arts and Business co-op.

How many work terms are required?

Co-op students in the Faculty of Arts must successfully complete four work terms and submit four satisfactory work reports. A work report must be submitted for each of the four work terms.

The first work report, which is to be completed during the student’s first work term, will be satisfied by successful completion of PD12: Reflection and Learning in the Workplace (i.e., successful completion of PD12 equals credit for work report one).

Co-op sequence of study

Your co-op sequence to follow is determined by when you start your studies, as specified in the charts below. For more information on co-op in Arts, check out the Arts Co-op page. If you are unsure of which sequence to follow, consult your academic advisor.

Honours History Co-op Sequence for students who started in 2019-2020 academic year or earlier

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Semester F W S F W S F W S F W S F W
Term 1A 1B - 2A - 2B - 3A - 3B - - 4A 4B
Sequence ST ST OFF ST WK ST WK ST WK ST WK WK ST ST

Honours History Co-op Sequence for students who started in 2020-2021 academic year or later

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
Semester F W S F W S F W S F W S F W
Term 1A 1B - 2A 2B - 3A - 3B - 4A - - 4B
Sequence ST ST OFF ST ST WK ST WK ST WK ST WK WK ST
  • F = Fall semester, September - December
  • W = Winter semester, January - April
  • S = Spring semester, May - August
  • ST= Study
  • WK = Work

Requests for sequence changes

You may request consideration for a change in your academic/work term sequence. Please consult the Arts Co-op page to read about considerations made in approving a sequence change request, and the Co-operative Education request for academic/work term sequence change page for further information on the process to submit a request.

Support for co-op students

As a co-op student, your academic advisor and the team of co-op advisors are here to support you and answer any questions you have about co-op. For resources to help you find a co-op job, check out Co-op's How to find your co-op job page.

Helpful links

Historians in the Workplace

For real-world examples of historians in the workplace, see our Alumni page where graduates from our History program share their stories about the career path they took after graduation.

To learn about a variety of careers obtained by historians throughout Canada, visit the Canadian Historical Association's website where many graduates are profiled.

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