Co-op Pathway

The co-op pathway is designed to give students hands-on employment experience and transferable skills to complement their degree. The University of Waterloo’s co-op program, which is the largest in the world, gives students access to career planning advice, self-marketing tools (i.e., high-quality cover letter and resume), and professional development opportunities. Students also earn income to support their studies.

Check out the co-op work experiences some of our students have completed!

Honours Political Science (Co-op):

Program Sequence - Honours Political Science

F W S F W S F W S F W S F
1A 1B OFF 2A 2B WT1 3A WT2 3B WT3 4A WT4 4B

Honours Arts & Business (ARBUS), Major in Political Science

  • 5-year degree: eight academic terms and five work terms
  • ARBUS students are accepted into co-op at application stage
  • continuation requirement: 60% cumulative average; 70% PSCI major average
  • apply for jobs during Term 2A, to begin work in Winter term
  • complete four Professional Development (PD) courses: PD1, PD12 and two electives
  • complete at least 4 work term reports [see Political Science Work Report Guidelines]

Program Sequence - Honours Arts & Business, Major in Political Science

F W S F W S F W S F W S F W
1A 1B OFF 2A WT1 2B WT2 3A WT3 3B WT4 WT5 4A 4B

If you have specific questions about co-op, please contact the Political Science Co-op Officer: Professor Daniel Henstra, Email: dhenstra@uwaterloo.ca , Office: Hagey Hall 303.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Note: many co-op related questions are answered on the Co-operative Education website. Below are some specific questions asked by PSCI students.

1. I am completing a double major and my non-PSCI degree includes co-op. Does this fulfill the PSCI Experiential Learning requirements?

Yes. The co-op work terms for your second major will fulfill the Experiential Learning Pathway requirements of the PSCI major.

2. I was unable to find a job for my scheduled work term. Can I remain in the Co-op program?

Yes. It is possible to adjust the sequence of academic and employment terms to accommodate this situation. Contact your CECA Contact [listed on your WaterlooWorks Dashboard] to discuss a Request for Academic/Work Term Sequence Change.

3. If I complete an eight-month work term, am I required to submit two work term reports?

Yes. Students completing an 8-month work term must submit two work term reports (one for each 4-month term). The first will be due at the beginning of the fifth month of the work term, and the second will be due at the beginning of the next academic term.

4. I am taking PD12, Reflection and Learning in the Workplace. Am I still required to write a work term report?

No. The final assignment for PD12 is your work term report. You will submit is at the beginning of the term following completion of PD12.