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, and you'll have the opportunity to implement that into your work early if you choose the co-op stream.

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 Archeology.

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.


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This interdisciplinary field of study seeks to unite knowledge from different disciplines, explore new areas of study, and revisit neglected topics.

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briefcaseCo-op available through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business

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Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Medieval Studies as your major at the end of first year.

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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*
  • Two elective courses – LAT 101 - Introductory Latin 1 highly recommended as an elective

January to April

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

*The Arts First requirement consists of two 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 add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus for Medieval Studies students include History and Classical Studies.


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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

Sample co-op job titles

  • Communications specialist
  • Social media and events coordinator
  • Learning and development intern
  • Campaign intern
  • Communications and education coordinator

What can you do with a degree in Medieval Studies?

Waterloo Medieval Studies graduates typically pursue careers in communications, administration, and as librarians. They commonly work for libraries, municipalities, and more.

Recent graduates

  • Librarian – PEI Public Library Service
  • Communications Specialist – Samuel & Son
  • Librarian – York University
  • Insurance Underwriting Assistant – Aviva Canada 
  • Building Service Manager – Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony

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