Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages — minus the dysentery 

Student looking at medieval buildings.

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

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.

Program highlights

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.


What will you learn?

First-year courses

During your first year, you'll take two introductory Medieval Studies courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing. In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be in this major.

Learn more about courses you'll take for your Medieval Studies degree.

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

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)

Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)

Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements for Honours Arts or Honours Arts and Business.

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