Medieval Studies

 

What is medieval studies?

Medieval studies is the academic study of the Middle Ages, the history, literature, philosophy, religion, art and architecture, music and language.

 

Why study medieval studies?

The objective of this popular program is the integrated and specialized study of the historical and cultural period known also as the Middle Ages. This is defined here as the period between Antiquity and the Modern Age.

The influence of this period on our own time is wide ranging, and studying the Middle Ages helps one to understand the origins and historical developments of our contemporary thought and institutions. By studying where we have been, we are better situated to understand where we are.

Medieval studies takes an interdisciplinary approach towards the study of the Middle Ages. Core courses are drawn from a number of different departments. This integration of the methods and subject matter of several disciplines mirrors the pluralistic, syncretistic, and multicultural framework of the age.

Courses available in first year

Medieval Studies 2000
The Cultural Legacy of the Middle Ages will survey the formative cultures of the Middle Ages — Latin, Celtic, Arabic — as well as the rise of the new vernacular cultures, English, Germanic and Romance. Literary trends such as the reliance on authority, the emergence of national epic and the development of court literature will be studied. The course examines the interplay of all the arts — literature, music, art and architecture.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None

Medieval Studies 2001
Medieval Europe to 1050 (same as History 2320) is a survey of the economic, social, political and cultural developments of the early Middle Ages.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Note: Students can receive credit for only one of Medieval Studies 2001 and History 2320

Medieval Studies 2002
Medieval Europe, 1050 to the Reformation (same as History 2330) is a survey of the economic, social, political and cultural developments of Europe in the high and late Middle Ages.
Lectures: Three hours per week
Prerequisite: None
Note: Students can receive credit for only one of Medieval Studies 2002 and History 2330.

Sample program for first year

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in medieval studies will normally take the following courses in their first year:

 

Sample program

Fall SemesterWinter Semester
English 1090critical reading & writing (CRW) course chosen from major subject area
language study (LS) course language study (LS) course 
quantitative reasoning (QR) course quantitative reasoning (QR) course 
Medieval Studies 2000Medieval Studies 2001 or 2002
elective course (breadth encouraged)elective course (breadth encouraged)

 

 


For assistance with course selection, students should contact:
Academic Advising Centre, advice@mun.ca

 

 

Contact information

For additional information please contact:
Dr. Seamus O'Neill
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Academic Advisor, Medieval Studies Program
sjoneill@mun.ca

Contact

Guide to First Year

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca