A major in Medieval Studies is offered for those pursuing an undergraduate degree at Memorial. This major may be taken only as a second Major program in conjunction with a disciplinary Major.
Medieval Studies can also be taken as a minor program of study.
Students in other faculties often take the 2000-level courses to fulfill an arts requirement, or out of general interest.
Among the strengths of Memorial's Medieval Studies program, which began in 1992, are the excellent library holdings in our Queen Elizabeth II Library. These include an array of journals, and an original 15th century manuscript.
The objective of this popular program is the integrated 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.
Core courses are drawn from a number of different departments. This integration of the methods and subject matter of several disciplines mirrors the pluralistic and inter-religious framework of the age.
The influence of this period on our own age is wide ranging, and studying the Middle Ages helps one to understand the historical developments in science, law, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy that, in addition to helping us to understand these fields today, are also worth studying on their own merits. Studying the Middle Ages can also shed light on the origins of particular contemporary issues concerning religion, women, and conflict with and within the Middle East.
Dr. Seamus O'Neill
Department of Philosophy
Telephone: (709) 864-8332