Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages — minus the dysentery.

Concentrate on a crucial era in the development of Western civilization.

In Canada’s longest-standing Medieval Studies program, you’ll explore the ideas and events of Europe and the Near East from the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginning of the modern era in 1500 CE.

When you study medieval history, art, philosophy, legal systems, and politics, you’re not just living in the past. This is a field that offers valuable insights into European politics, modern gender norms, the rise and fall of superpowers, the connections between Islam and Christianity, and more.

You’ll have lots of opportunity to connect with other students, thanks to small classes and the regular social and academic events organized by the Classical and Medieval Students Society.

Study abroad (in a castle!)

Spend several unforgettable weeks at England’s Herstmonceux Castle, taking part in the Summer Field School in British Archaeology.

Build an awesome résumé

If you choose the co-op system of study, you’ll graduate with 5 terms of paid work experience on your résumé.


About the program

briefcaseCo-op available through Honours Arts and Business

Graduation cap Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies

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First-year courses

September to December

MEDVL 105 - Introduction to Medieval Studies
MEDVL 115 - Crusading in the Middle Ages
Arts First requirement 1*
2 elective courses – LAT 101 - Introductory Latin 1 highly recommended as an elective

January to April

Arts First requirement 2*
4 elective courses – LAT 101 - Introductory Latin 2 highly recommended as an elective

*The Arts First requirement consists of 2 first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 - Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 - Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Medieval Studies courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Customize your Medieval Studies degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor (or minors) as part of your degree.


Recent graduates

  • Librarian, Brentwood Public Library
  • Case Worker, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Secondary School Teacher, Cawartha College
  • Executive Director, Achievement Solutions

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