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.
International exchanges in 25 countries
Co-op available through Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business
Available as a major and minor
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
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.
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.
- Librarian – PEI Public Library Service
- Communications Specialist – Samuel & Son
- Librarian – York University
- Insurance Underwriting Assistant – Aviva Canada
- Building Service Manager – Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony
Offered by the Faculty of Arts
Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies
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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.