At Waterloo, co-op students alternate study terms with co-op work terms and graduate with relevant, paid work experience. This means learning how to navigate the hiring process, applying your skills to real-life problems and learning about yourself along the way.

In Arts, co-op is available in Religious Studies through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

Co-op eligibility

Co-op is only available to students in Honours academic plans.

As an Arts student, in most cases you will be assessed for co-op eligibility when you declare your major.

If you are eligible, you will be admitted to co-op prior to starting your second year Fall term (academic level 2A). Learn more about Arts co-op eligibility and speak with Alicia Batten, if you have questions.

Co-op sequences

You will have five work term opportunities in your sequence and you need to complete a minimum of four work terms. The sequence you follow is determined by when you start your studies and your academic plan(s). For example, students in Honours Arts and Business follow a different sequence than students in Honours Arts.

Learn more about which sequence you follow as a Religious Studies major.

If you are requesting a sequence change, please see:

Co-op fees

Co-op at Waterloo is predominantly funded by a student-paid co-op fee. Similar to tuition, this fee is associated with being enrolled in a co-op program and is paid in instalments throughout your time at Waterloo. To learn more about these fees and what they cover, visit the Co-operative Education’s fee page.

Work term reports and Professional Development (PD) courses

Co-op students in Arts must successfully complete four work terms, as well as professional development (PD) courses from the WatPD program and work reports/reflections for each work term. The number of PD courses and work reports/reflections you’ll complete is determined by the academic calendar year you joined the co-op program in the Faculty of Arts. Learn more about the Arts work term report and PD requirements.

Effective Winter 2022, work reports will no longer be required for co-op students in the Faculty of Arts. From Winter 2022 onward, Arts co-op students will instead complete embedded reflections within the required Professional Development (PD) courses.

Fall 2021: This is the last term that work reports will be required. If you are scheduled for a Fall 2021 work term, you are still required to complete a work report (e.g. WKRPT 200, WKRPT 300, WKRPT 400), following the normal submission process. If you are enrolled in PD 12, you will not submit a work report, as you already have an embedded reflection within this PD course.

Winter 2022 and onward: If you are scheduled for any work terms(s) in Winter 2022 and onward, you are not required to complete a separate work report. The WKRPT 200, WKRPT 300, WKRPT 400 courses will no longer be added to your record in Quest.

For further information, please see the Faculty of Arts Co-op work report guidelines.

Co-op supports

As a co-op student, you will have a team of support. Learn how to connect with your team.

All students (co-op and regular streams) have access to Centre for Career Action resources and supports at any point during their time at Waterloo.

Co-op student experiences

Imran Visram completed his BA in 2017 with Honours in Religious Studies and Arts and Business Co-opImran is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Oxford University, UK.

“Adding co-op to my religious studies degree greatly enriched my undergraduate student experience. The co-op program allowed me to work at higher education institutions in Canada, Turkey, and Kenya. In addition to complementing my studies of religion and culture in the classroom, these diverse work experiences also helped me acquire many skills that will be useful for my long-term academic and career ambitions.”