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
Co-op available through Honours Arts and Business
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies
International exchanges in 25 countries
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Available as a major and minor
- Apply to Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business and choose Medieval Studies as your major at the end of first year.
September to December
January to April
Arts First requirement 2*
4 elective courses – LAT 101 - Introductory Latin 2 highly recommended as an elective
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.
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