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Honours Psychology & Arts and Business (BA) (Regular and Co-op)

Features of Honours Psychology and Arts and Business (BA)

Psychology curriculum

Those in Honours Arts and Business (regular or co-op system of study) must have an honours Major (e.g., Psychology) by the beginning of the 2A (year/level) school term.

The features of the psychology curriculum are the same for Psychology and Arts and Business (BA) as for Honours Psychology (BA) such as:

  • indepth training in the analytic skills of experimental design,
  • opportunities for experiential learning such as the co-operative system of study and the capstone Honours Thesis course (Psych 499A/B/C) which is optional.

See Honours Psychology (BA) for further details regarding the features of the psychology curriculum.

If you were admitted to the Faculty of Arts prior to Fall 2016, you are assumed to be following the Academic Calendar of the year you were admitted unless you have requested to switch. For plans prior to Fall 2016, see requirements for the "Old" Honours Psychology and Arts and Business Program.

Students in Arts and Business (ARBUS) Co-op follow the same course sequencing suggestions as that for Honours Psychology, except for a few differences. ARBUS Co-op students will take PSYCH 292 during their Winter 3A term. ARBUS Co-op students pursuing the Research Intensive Specialization will take PSYCH 391 and 389 during the Fall 3B term and PSYCH 390 and 492 during the Winter 4B term.

Arts and Business curriculum

The University of Waterloo does not have a business school. The Arts and Business curriculum provides all of the benefits of a liberal Arts education e.g.,

  • opportunities to develop a wide variety of marketable skills including interpersonal,
  • oral and written communication,
  • organizational,
  • time management,
  • critical thinking,
  • problem solving,

as well as opportunities to hone your business knowledge by taking an interdisciplinary package of courses that is relevant to various business careers.

Review the required Arts and Business courses to see if this program is right for you. 

Direct inquiries regarding admission to Arts and Business, the Arts and Business curriculum, and related course enrolment to the Arts and Business Advisor.

Co-operative system of study

Direct inquiries about admission to Arts and Business Co-op to the Arts and Business advisor. Admission to co-op must be no later than the 2A (year/level) Fall school term.

See Psychology Co-op for information regarding the:

  • advantages and challenges of the co-op system of study,
  • academic versus work term sequence,
  • Professional Development (PD) course requirements,
  • work term and work-term report requirements,
  • etc.


Contact a Psychology Advisor

Last updated: Feb 22, 2017