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Liberal arts – marketable mind power

No one can be certain what future careers will look like. But acquiring the broadest possible range of abilities that can be applied across disciplines and industries will surely give you an edge in our fluid, fast-changing world.

That’s why we offer liberal arts programs at SJU. They’re your key to unlocking the human experience – all of it. And while you’re exploring ideas, you’ll become increasingly flexible and proficient in the valuable skills that will set you apart:

  • Communication – using words to articulate ideas, to clarify complexity, to persuade and motivate
  • Analytical reasoning – taking an idea apart, assessing its pieces, and reinventing it
  • Leadership – pondering and absorbing the qualities that make great leaders
  • Global awareness – delving into world issues and ways to address them
  • Creativity – recognizing, inspiring, developing, and harnessing innovation
  • Problem solving – establishing priorities, determining solutions, and evaluating a course of action

 

The SJU factor

At SJU, we’ll support you as a whole person to help you become the well-rounded graduate you aspire to be. And we’ll challenge you to stretch your limits:

  • To wake up your mind and send it in new directions
  • To open your heart to the issues that burden our planet
  • To direct your spirit to examine the philosophies that can lead to change
 
Earn a Waterloo Bachelor of Arts degree

When you register for Arts through St. Jerome’s University, you’ll be in the same program working toward the same degree as Waterloo-registered students. You can take some of your courses in our smaller, intimate classrooms, but you’re also free to choose classes on the main Waterloo campus or at the other three university colleges.

Honours Arts

Honours Arts is our largest and most flexible program. The literally hundreds of program combinations let you explore multiple subjects. If you can settle on one, you can choose a major at the end of your first year. Or you can keep your options open.

 

If you have a diverse range of interests and are fascinated by people in a variety of context and situations, Honours Arts could be the program for you.

 

Honours Arts Majors
Anthropology Classical Studies Economics**
English ** ^ Fine Arts French  ^
German History ^ Legal Studies ^
Liberal Studies* Medieval Studies ^ Music
Peace and Conflict Studies Philosophy ^ Political Science**
Psychology** ^ Religious Studies ^ Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies ^
Social Development Studies Sociology** ^ Spanish
Speech Communication Theatre and Performance Women’s Studies

*General degree only

**Co-op available in these majors beginning in second year

^ Areas of study that have departments at St. Jerome’s University.

 

Co-op Possibilities
Honours Arts is primarily a regular, September-to-April program. However, if you major in English, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology, co-op is available beginning in your second year. Depending on your program, you’ll graduate with either 16 or 20 months of paid, relevant work experience on your résumé, and the alternating school and work terms give you the chance to explore a variety of careers.
 
Co-op study/work sequence for the five majors

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Term

F

W

S

F

W

S

F

W

S

F

W

S

F

W

English

1A

1B

Off

2A

WK

2B

WK

3A

WK

3B

WK

WK

4A

4B

Economics

1A

1B

Off

2A

WK

2B

WK

3A

WK

3B

WK

4A

WK

4B

Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

1A

1B

Off

2A

2B

WK

3A

WK

3B

WK

4A

WK

4B

 

F = fall (September-December), W = winter (January to April), S = spring (May to August)

1A = first year, first term; 1B = first year, second term; 2A = second year, first term, etc.

WK = co-op work term; Off = You can make your own plans for that term (work, travel, vacation, etc.).

 
More information

Visit the University of Waterloo Honours Arts program page or request an Honours Arts brochure.

 

Admissions
Honours Arts admission requirements
Program
(OUAC code)
System of Study
Areas of Study
Required Courses
Admission Average
(includes required course)
 Honours Arts
 (WJA) 
 (St. Jerome's  University)
Regular
(Co-op available in Economics, English,  Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology beginning in second year)
See List of Majors Above
Minimum of one Grade 12 U English  with a final grade of at least 70%
Low 80s

 

Ontario secondary school students
To be considered for admission in fall 2017, if you’re an Ontario secondary school student, you must have the following:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Successful completion of a minimum of six Grade 12 university (U) preparation or university/college (M) preparation courses, which must include all the required courses specified for each program you’re applying to, as listed below
  • An admission average that meets or exceeds the admission averages listed below, calculated using your best six Grade 12 U and/or M courses, which must include required courses

Application procedures and admission requirements to SJU and the University of Waterloo are identical. Although SJU will assist each student with the process, further information can be found on Waterloo’s Find Out More website.

 
Applying from outside Ontario
Concerned about feeling overwhelmed by moving to a new province or a new country? SJU us a great choice. From your very first day, you’ll feel at home in our friendly, welcoming community.
 
Applying for part-time studies
All applications for full-time, on-campus studies are processed by OUAC, as explained above. If you’re interested in part-time studies, please follow the instructions for part-time students.  
 
 
Other requirements and deadlines
 
Recommended courses
These courses are not required for admission, but you’ll find that what you learn in them provides helpful background for your university studies:
  • Mathematics of Data Management is recommended if you intend to select one of the following majors: Anthropology; Economics; Psychology; Political Science; Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies; Social Development Studies; or Sociology.
  • Calculus and Vectors is recommended if you’re thinking of majoring in Economics, but you could also acquire the additional background by taking an introductory calculus course during your first year.
  • Repeated courses and non-day-school courses may be taken into consideration

 

How to apply
You’ll find details about the application process on the Waterloo website for future students.

 

Already applied to Honours Arts through the University of Waterloo?
Add the SJU advantage to your Arts experience by completing an online form to co-register with St. Jerome’s University

Honours Arts and Business
Interested in the humanities, social sciences, languages, or fine and performing arts but also want a solid foundation of business knowledge? Honours Arts and Business might be the perfect answer! Take a look at the benefits:
  • In-depth study of your Arts major – in contrast to the few, limited Arts electives usually included in business degree
  • A full complement of practical business courses – the same ones that form the core of most business degrees: accounting, management, economics, marketing, entrepreneurship, ethics, and communication
  • Choice of co-op or regular – co-op = 20 months of paid, relevant work experience on your résumé before you graduate plus the chance to explore a variety of careers through the alternating school and work terms
A winning combination
Interested in conducting business transactions in a second language? No problem. Want to learn how to manage a theatre or art gallery? Absolutely. Your well-rounded, diverse Arts and Business background will truly make the world your stage!

 

Honours Arts and Business majors and required courses  
Anthropology Classical Studies Economics**
English ** ^ Fine Arts French ^
German History ^ Legal Studies ^
Liberal Studies* Medieval Studies ^ Music
Peace and Conflict Studies Philosophy ^ Political Science**
Psychology** ^ Religious Studies ^ Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies ^
Social Development Studies Sociology** ^ Spanish
Speech Communication Theatre and Performance Women’s Studies

*General degree only

**Co-op available in these majors beginning in second year

^ Areas of study that have departments at St. Jerome’s University.

 

The business plus – required Arts and Business courses

In addition to your Arts major, you’ll take these business related courses:

  • Introduction to Arts and Business
  • Practical Business Skills
  • Genres of Business Communication
  • Introduction to Business in North America
  • Changing Workplace and Family, Europe 1750-Present
  • Canadian Business History: Innovators and Entrepreneurs
  • Accounting Information for Managers
  • Marketing: Principles of Marketing and Consumer Economics
  • International Business
  • The Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy and Program Integration
  • Government and Business in Canada
  • Professional and Business Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Leadership, Teams, and Communication
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Minimum of one second-language course

 

Co-op study/work sequence

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Term

F

W

S

F

W

S

F

W

S

F

W

S

F

W

English

1A

1B

Off

2A

WK

2B

WK

3A

WK

3B

WK

WK

4A

4B

Economics

1A

1B

Off

2A

WK

2B

WK

3A

WK

3B

WK

4A

WK

4B

Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

1A

1B

Off

2A

2B

WK

3A

WK

3B

WK

4A

WK

4B

 

F = fall (September-December), W = winter (January to April), S = spring (May to August)

1A = first year, first term; 1B = first year, second term; 2A = second year, first term, etc.

WK = co-op work term; Off = You can make your own plans for that term (work, travel, vacation, etc.).

 
More information

Visit the University of Waterloo Honours Arts and Business program page or request an Honours Arts and Business brochure

 

Admissions
Honours Arts and Business admission requirements
Program
(OUAC code)
System of Study
Areas of Study
Required Courses
Admission Average
(includes required course)
Honours Arts and Business (WAB)
After applying to Waterloo, you may choose to register through St. Jerome's University.
Co-op or Regular
See list of majors above.
 Minimum of one Grade 12 U English  with a final grade of  at least 70%
Low 80s (co-op and regular)

 

Ontario secondary school students
To be considered for admission in fall 2016, if you’re an Ontario secondary student, you must have the following:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Successful completion of a minimum of six Grade 12 university (U) preparation or university/college (M) courses, which must include required courses
  • An admission average that meets or exceeds the admission averages listed below, calculated using your best six Grade 12 U and/or M courses, which must include required courses

Application procedures and admission requirements to SJU and the University Waterloo are identical. Although SJU will assist each student with the process, further information can be found on Waterloo’s Find Out More website.

 
Applying from outside Ontario
Concerned about feeling overwhelmed by moving to a new province or a new country? SJU us a great choice. From your very first day, you’ll feel at home in our friendly, welcoming community.
 
Applying for part-time studies
All applications for full-time, on-campus studies are processed by OUAC, as explained above. If you’re interested in part-time studies, please follow the instructions for part-time students. 

 

Other requirements and deadlines

 

Recommended courses
These courses are not required for admission, but you’ll find that what you learn in them provides helpful background for your university studies:
  • Mathematics of Data Management is recommended if you intend to select one of the following majors: Anthropology; Economics; Psychology; Political Science; Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies; Social Development Studies; or Sociology.
  • Calculus and Vectors is recommended if you’re thinking of majoring in Economics, but you could also acquire the additional background by taking an introductory calculus course during your first year.
  • Repeated courses and non-day-school courses may be taken into consideration

 

How to apply
You’ll find details about the application process on the Waterloo website for future students.
 
 
Already applied to Honour Arts and Business through the University of Waterloo?
Add the SJU advantage to your Arts experience by completing an online form to co-register with St. Jerome’s University.

 

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