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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

If you were not eligible for your preferred program, you may have received an alternate offer of admission to Honours Arts. This page contains important information about your options and next steps, including a frequently asked questions section below.

What is Honours Arts?

Honours Arts is a direct-entry program to the Faculty of Arts at Laurier's Waterloo campus. "Direct entry" means you begin studying in this program when you first start your classes at Laurier. At the end of your first year, you can choose to major in a different program in the Faculty of Arts.

Because you are eligible for the Honours Arts program at our Waterloo campus, you are also eligible for a number of Bachelor of Arts programs at our Brantford campus.

Customize Your Degree

In Honours Arts, you'll have a variety of academic options to explore and you can find an area that you are passionate about before choosing a program to major in. If you've already chosen a program, Honours Arts can help you explore new fields of study that complement your program and career goals. You can then continue to study these complementary fields in the form of minors, options, or even a double major.

Add Business Knowledge and Work Experience

You can apply to add the Management Option to your program and/or apply for co-op after you begin your studies at Laurier. In the Management Option, you'll take Laurier business and economics courses to study core principles of the business world, including accounting, marketing, human resources, operations, policy and finance. With co-op, you’ll gain valuable paid work experience before you graduate, giving you a head start on building your career.

What Are Your Program Choices?

There are more than 20 programs in the Faculty of Arts! One of the best ways to select courses and discover a major is to find topics that interest you and then choose courses from programs that relate to those topics. You can take courses in a number of these areas in your first year before deciding on your major.

Analyzing Language and Media

Exploring Global Issues

Engaging with Law and Values

Interpreting the Past

Studying Society

Expressing Arts and Culture

List of Arts Programs 

Brantford Campus Programs

You are eligible to change your offer of admission to another program at the Brantford campus.

If you would like to change your offer to one of these programs, see how to do this in the FAQ section.

*These programs must be completed in combination with another arts program.

Waterloo Campus Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Be Considered for a Different Program?

You have received an offer to Honours Arts at our Waterloo campus as a starting point. This means that you won’t receive another offer of admission automatically from us. However, you can contact us by emailing if you would like us to change your offer of admission to an arts program at the Brantford campus. 

How Do I Accept My Offer to Honours Arts?

Accept your offer to Honours Arts on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre website by the confirmation deadline listed on your offer of admission.

For instructions, see our Accept Your Offer page.

How Do I Know Which Courses to Register for Once I Accept My Offer?

There are a number of resources to help you register for courses. You should familiarize yourself with course registration dates and deadlines listed on the admitted students checklist.

Course Registration Guide

An online resource that guides you through the course registration process.

Course Registration Webinars

Registration webinars guide you through the process of reviewing your program requirements, evaluating your elective options and developing a class schedule that works for you.

There is a faculty-specific webinar for the Faculty of Arts in early June each year. You can ask questions about course registration during the webinar in real time. Past webinar recordings are available for download.

Laurier 101

Laurier 101 is a program designed to make the transition to university life easier for our incoming students.

Academic Advising

Academic advisors are support staff at the university who can help ensure you meet the requirements to obtain your degree. They are great resources for discussing your academic and career goals. You should meet with an academic advisor at least once a year while a student.


If you would like to discuss your options with us further, call the Recruitment and Admissions office at 519.884.0710 x3385 or email

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