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FUTURE UNDERGRADUATES-CO-OP

Maybe you love history but are also drawn to the world of industry

At the University of Waterloo, there's no need to choose.

Students in the Honours Arts and Business Program majoring in History are in the unique position of being able to position themselves for graduate work in history and/or in business. 

The University of Waterloo's renowned Co-operative Education program helps you secure term-long employment placements that will give you a taste of life outside academia and help you figure out which career is the best fit for you.

In Arts and Business, you combine your History major (and the critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills that go with it) with required business courses to help you get your career started early.

Together these programs will help you gain gain valuable experience both in and outside the classroom!

CO-OP FOR HISTORY MAJORS

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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 PD2: Critical Reflection and Report Writing (i.e., successful completion of PD2 equals credit for work report one).

Electronic copies of completed work-term reports are to be submitted to the undergraduate advisor by no later than the last day of the second week of classes in the academic term following the co-op work term for which the work-term report has been prepared.

Students must adhere to the Faculty of Arts work report guidelines when preparing their reports.

Co-op Work Reports for History Majors

The goal of the Work Term Reports for Co-op students in History is to encourage you to think reflectively and analytically about your work term experience and make connections between your academic studies and work term learning. The report should support the integration of your learning as a co-op student in History.

The guidelines give you excellent direction around topics, organization, formatting, and substance. The very first sentence stresses the integrative goal of the reports:

Work reports give students the opportunity to reflect on the connection between academic studies and work experiences.

Connecting your co-op job with your studies

A co-op job may have little to do with history, but students should draw upon the standards of historical practice and study to write their reports.

In addition, in order to forge helpful connections between work term experience and academic studies, your report should include a section which considers some of the following questions (max. 500 words):

  • What skills, knowledge or competencies did your work term experience draw on that you have learned in your academic course work as a History student?
  • How do you think your work experience will impact your studies when you return to school?
  • Did your work term experience deepen, call into question or otherwise affect what you have learned so far in an academic setting?
  • How could your academic or co-op program have better prepared you for your work term?
  • How can you integrate what you have learned and developed this term to achieve your goals?
  • How did history education or coursework influence your work experience? You may wish to think in terms of:
  • the use of evidence (both primary and secondary)
  • frameworks for interpreting and assessing evidence
  • placing evidence in context
  • answering analytical questions based on the use and interpretation of evidence using your research skills
  • an openness to diverse opinions and viewpoints
  • organizational skills, research skills, writing
  • recognition that the questions of today can be approached in an open dialogue with the past

The topic of your report might analyse a particular project, an ongoing process, or a particular duty of your position.  Your method of approach should demonstrate the skills you have developed as a History student.  Any aspect of your job that you found particularly interesting (positively or negatively), and that suits such an analysis, is appropriate as a topic for the work report. 

If you have any questions about your work term report, don't hesitate to ask the undergraduate advisor or the undergraduate administrative co-ordinator.