You’ll need to understand the requirements for your specific program so that you can ensure you are meeting your requirements to graduate.
The Waterloo Undergraduate Calendar outlines all of the degree, major, and minor requirements as well as University regulations.
The calendar is your legal contract with the University and sets out all of the rules related to students.
The Undergraduate Calendar that applies to you is the one for the year you start in the Faculty of Arts. Accessing the correct version of the Undergraduate Calendar is important because it changes from year to year, and you’ll need to follow the specific faculty and program requirements for your year.
If you have questions about which calendar and requirements you show follow or how to interpret what you find in the calendar, your academic advisor is the one to ask.
Degree requirements at a glance
Here is a quick summary of the overall requirements for your degree. Look for details in the Undergraduate Calendar for the year you started in the Faculty of Arts.
Minimum of 40 courses for a four-year degree
Minimum 30 courses for a three-year degree
Specific plan (program) and degree requirements, including academic averages
The University of Waterloo uses a number of terms that you might not be familiar with. To interpret requirements and instructions, you’ll need to know what they mean. More definitions are available from the Glossary of Terms on Quest.
A condition preventing enrollment in a course. The most common antirequisites are courses that have significant overlap. Degree credit will not be granted for both the antirequisite course and a course naming it as such.
A course that must be taken concurrently, if it has not been taken in a prior term.
This site is the University's online classroom system. Professors post course content and grades here, and often ask that students submit their assignments through LEARN.
The area(s) of primary academic focus you select in either an Honours or a General plan. Most students will declare their major at the end of their first year.
A group of 8 courses outside the major with a specific focus.
This mobile-friendly communication tool is designed to make your student life easier. It streamlines information from many sources into one space, and you can customize what you’d like to see on your Portal.
The requirement(s) that must be met in order to be eligible to enroll in a course. Prerequisites may include passed courses, registration in a specific program or plan and an academic level or academic standing.
This site is the University's student information system. You can view your fees and academic standing, as well as your final grades after they’re submitted at the end of each term. You can also check your personal information. After your first year, you complete your course selection using Quest.
This tool was developed to direct Arts-specific information to Arts students. It can be accessed through LEARN. News updates from smARTSpace appear on LEARN and Portal.
On WatIAM, you’ll find your WatIAM user ID, the username that Waterloo has assigned you. You’ll need it to access the University's online systems. It usually includes your first initial and at least the beginning of your last name. A number may be included to differentiate users with the same last name. For example, a student named John Smith might receive the WatID "j7smith."