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Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:02pm

Our students have a lot to offer in a professional environment. During their university career they have honed skills that directly relate to the workplace. Co-op students are collaborative, creative problem solvers.

Areas of knowledge

Most programs of study in the Faculty of Arts offer students the co-op option, so you are able to recruit from a diverse group with strong multi-disciplinary perspectives as well as specific areas of knowledge. When students are ready to begin a work term, they are typically mid-way through their degree and often have additional tangible and transferable skills gained from volunteer, previous and part-time work experience and campus involvement.

Strong skills

After two years of post-secondary education, arts students have developed:

  • Communication skills – effectively organize thoughts in both written and oral form
  • Critical thinking – understand perspectives, ideas and connections to logically solve problems 
  • Research and analysis – review data, determine reliability of sources, understand relevance and synthesize key points
  • Technical ability – papers, projects, labs and presentations require knowledge of many Microsoft Office applications plus program specific skills such GIS and SPSS

Co-op work

Arts Co-op students are able to learn and adapt quickly and have been successful in multiple business areas such as:

  • Internal/external communications
  • Energy forecasting/analysis
  • Corporate security and compliance
  • Financial analysis
  • Mapping/civic planning 
  • Project /records/data management
  • Human resources
  • Logistics and event planning
  • Community engagement/development 
  • Research and report writing
  • Political/economic analysis
  • Legal/business administration

Take your pick

With more than two dozen areas of study to choose from, our students have a wide range of expertise. There's a great match for every employer. Some areas our students specialize in are:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Canadian Studies
  • Communications
  • Development Studies
  • Earth Sciences
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • French, Italian and Spanish
  • Geography
  • Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Studies
  • History
  • International Indigenous Studies
  • International Relations
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law and Society
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Studies
  • Women's Studies

Co-op Alumni Stories 



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co-op student:

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