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Applied Studies Co-op

A student in the Applied Studies Co-op program must maintain good standing in an Honours program in Arts and must complete 12 to 16 term courses in the area designated Applied Studies. These courses are intended to provide the student with a basic and practical general education and with the skills appropriate to a wide range of careers. Specifically, they are intended to ensure that students in the program are:

  1. capable of clear and precise oral and written communication in English;
  2. familiar with the history and political institutions of Canada;
  3. familiar with the economic structure and economic institutions of Canada;
  4. aware of the impact of science and technology on Canadian society, with a particular awareness of the role of computers and data processing.

Following Year One, six work terms alternate in regular sequence with six study terms. A special non-credit seminar (Co-op 000 AS), which is designed to prepare students for their Co-op employment experience, is offered during the two terms preceding the first work term at the end of Year One.

Required Program

Year 1A
A second language
ACC 131
CS 100 or CS 112
Co-op 000 AS
Proposed Major Subject and Electives (two term courses)

Year 1B
A second language (second half of language taken in 1A)
ACC 123
ENGL 109*
Co-op 000 AS
Proposed Major Subject and Electives (two term courses)

Year 2A (see Note 5)
HIST 253 or P SCI 260A
ECON 102
Major Subject and Electives (three or four term courses)

Year 2B (see Note 5)
HIST 254 or P SCI 260B; and PHIL 145
Major Subject and Electives (three or four term courses)

Year 3A
ARTS 301
Major Subject and Electives (four or five term courses)

Year 3B
One of SCI 261Z, 263, 265, 267 or other approved Science course
Major Subject and Electives (four or five term courses)

Year 4A
Major Subject and Electives (five or six term courses)

Year 4B
Major Subject and Electives (five or six term courses)

* Students may be exempted from the ENGL 109 requirement on the basis of their mark on the English Language Proficiency Examination, in which case they may choose a further elective.


  1. Students must normally have an overall average of 75% in their Applied Studies courses in the first term of Year One (1A) to remain in the program.
  2. Once a major has been chosen at the end of Year One, students must maintain an average of at least 75% both in the major field of specialization and in the Applied Studies courses.
  3. Arts Administration, French Teaching, International Trade, Management and Personnel Studies specializations are available for qualified applicants at the beginning of the 2A term. Details in HH 146.
  4. A list of approved Applied Studies courses is available from the Director of the program in HH 146.
  5. Double-counting courses for credit in Applied Studies and the major subject is not allowed except when a course is a specified requirement for both. Double-counting courses for credit in Applied Studies and a minor or option is allowed to a maximum of one-third of the total number of courses required for that minor or option.
  6. Upon successful completion of the minimum of 42 term courses required in this program and a minimum of four successful work terms, a student is granted an Honours degree in the major discipline with an Applied Studies Co-operative program designation.


Arts Administration Specialization

The Faculty of Arts offers students in Applied Studies Co-op the opportunity for academic and practical training in Arts Administration as an integral part of their Honours Co-op program. In conjunction with their academic program, students in Arts Administration complete four (of six) co-op work-term placements in performing and visual arts organizations throughout Canada.

As part of the Applied Studies Co-op program, students in the Arts Administration Specialization complete a minimum of 42 term courses, of which 14 to 20 are in the Honours major discipline, 8 to 10 are in Applied Studies, and 6 are Arts Administration courses. The remaining 8 to 14 term courses are electives. Students must maintain an overall average of 75% in their Honours major and in their Applied Studies courses.

Students apply and are considered for admission to the Arts Administration Specialization during their 2A academic term in Applied Studies Co-op (following completion of Terms 1A and 1B, having declared an Honours major and normally having completed their first Applied Studies work-term placement).

It should be stressed that only students in Applied Studies Co-op are eligible for the Arts Administration Specialization.


(Students should check course prerequisites when planning their program.)

In addition to satisfying all the requirements of Applied Studies Co-op, students in the Arts Administration Specialization have additional required and elective courses as follows:

  1. Required Courses
    DRAMA 348
    DRAMA 349
    DRAMA 350
    BUS 352 (WLU)
    BUS 362 (WLU)
    PERST 200
  2. Elective Courses
    BUS 388 (WLU)
    CDN ST 202
    DRAMA 223/224
    FINE 330
    PHIL 331
    PSCI 102
    REC 304
    RS 360

For further information, pleace contact Program Director, William D. Poole, HH 144, ext. 5057.


International Trade Specialization

The globalization of the world economy, coupled with the accelerated process of economic integration, implies that Canada will increasingly demand people with education and skills in areas related to international trade. As an integral part of the Applied Studies Co-op program in the Faculty of Arts, the Specialization provides students with a broadly-based education in the liberal arts combined with courses targeted to international trade.

As part of their chosen Applied Studies Co-op program, students must successfully complete 11 term courses, divided between required and elective courses. An overall average of 75% must be maintained in the Applied Studies courses and that of 70% in International Trade.

In conjunction with the academic program, students will normally complete four (of six) co-op work-term placements with companies and organizations which concentrate in the area. The final two work terms are planned to occur abroad.

Enrolment in the Specialization is limited. Students enter the program in the 2A term through a process of formal application and personal interview.

  1. Required Courses
    ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics
    ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    ECON 231 Introduction to International Economics
    INTTS 400A/B International Trade Seminar
    Two consecutive language courses in one of Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian.
  2. Elective Courses (Other courses may be considered as electives upon written request to the Director of the Specialization)
    Students must complete five from at least three of the areas of Culture and Peoples, Business and Economics, Geography and History, and Political Science.

    Cultures and Peoples
    ANTH 102A Social and Cultural Anthropology
    ANTH 202 Principles of Social and Cultural Anthropology
    EASIA 201R East Asian Civilization
    FR 292 French Civilization 2
    GER 272 German Thought and Culture
    ITAL 292 Italian Culture and Civilization
    PSYCH 253 Social Psychology
    PSYCH 254 Interpersonal Relations
    PSYCH 338 Organizational Psychology
    SPAN 217 Latin American Civilization 1
    SPAN 218 Latin American Civilization 2
    RUSS 272 Russian Thought and Culture

    Business and Economics
    BUS 352W Marketing I (WLU)
    BUS 362W Marketing II (WLU)
    BUS 459 Lecture-Seminar: Issues in International Marketing (WLU)
    ECON 201 Microeconomic Theory 1
    ECON 202 Macroeconomic Theory 1
    ECON 302 Macroeconomic Theory 2
    ECON 331 International Trade
    ECON 332 International Finance
    ECON 431 International Economic Policy

    Geography and History
    GEOG 101 Introduction to Human Geography
    GEOG 202A Location of Economic Activities
    GEOG 311 Regional and Local Development
    GEOG 411 Geography of Industrial Restructuring
    GEOG 353 Marketing Geography
    HIST 130 The Modern World in Historical Perspective
    HIST 239 History of Modern China, 1911 to the Present
    HIST 240 20th-Century Japanese History
    HIST 389 Canada in World Affairs: From Laurier to Trudeau

    Political Science
    PSCI 231 Government and Business in Canada
    PSCI 255/256 The Politics of Western Industrial Nations 1/2
    PSCI 281 International Politics
    PSCI 282 Foreign Policy
    PSCI 350A/B The Politics of Developing Areas 1/2
    PSCI 365A/B Politics in the Soviet Successor States 1/2
    PSCI 380A World Politics
    PSCI 381 Foreign Policies of South Asian States
    PSCI 382 Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy
    PSCI 434 Comparative Public Administration
    PSCI 435 The Politics of Canadian Resource Development
    PSCI 485 Selected Topics in International Political Economy

Quantitative Methods

In addition to the above, students must also demonstrate a knowledge of quantitative methods by completing a course in this area. Courses in quantitative methods and statistics are offered by the Faculty of Mathematics, and by several departments in the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Further Information

Please contact the Specialization Director, Ramesh Kumar, HH 213, ext. 2644 or Christine Woods at ext. 2119.

For information on:

French Teaching Specialization see French Studies
Management Studies Specialization see Interdisciplinary Programs
Personnel Studies Specialization see Interdisciplinary Programs

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