Program Supervisor: Dr. S. McGrath, Department of Philosophy
A multi-disciplinary program in Medieval Studies is offered for students for the degree of Bachelor of Arts; it may be taken only as a second Major program in conjunction with a disciplinary Major, or as a Minor program.
The objective of the program is the integrated study through core courses of a historical and cultural period, the Middle Ages, here defined as the period between Antiquity and the Modern Age. Such an approach, coordinating the methods and subjects of several disciplines, mirrors the pluralistic and interreligious framework of the age and provides context for the study of a student's first Major.
Students majoring in Medieval Studies shall discuss their program with the Program Supervisor or delegate.
Students electing Medieval Studies as their second Major shall complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses which shall include the following:
An additional 12 credit hours in courses either from the Course Descriptions or from List A below, normally to include at least 6 credit hours taken in courses at the 3000 level or above. Additional courses may be chosen in consultation with the Program Supervisor.
No more than 6 credit hours in courses counted for a student's first major may be counted towards the Major in Medieval Studies.
Students pursuing a minor in Medieval Studies shall discuss their program with the Program Supervisor or delegate.
Students electing Medieval Studies as a Minor shall complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses which shall include the following:
An additional 9 credit hours in courses either from the Course Descriptions or from List A below, normally to include at least 3 credit hours taken in courses at the 3000 level or above. Additional courses may be chosen in consultation with the Program Supervisor.
No more than 3 credit hours in courses counted for a student's Major may be counted towards the Minor in Medieval Studies.
Not all these courses may be offered each year; students should check with departments with regard to availability and prerequisites.
2000 level courses or equivalent
3000 level courses
4000 level courses
In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.
Medieval Studies courses are designated by MST.
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, 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.
Medieval Europe to 1050
Medieval Europe, 1050 to the Reformation
(same as English 3002, History 3000, Religious Studies 3000) is an examination of the development and role of the manuscript book during the Middle Ages. Topics covered will include book production and dissemination; authors, scribes and audiences; and various kinds of books (e.g. glossed Bibles, anthologies, books of hours, etc.) and their uses.
MST 3000 may be substituted for a Greek and Roman Studies course in both the Classics degree programs (Honours, Joint Honours and general degree) and the Greek and Roman Studies degree programs (Honours, Joint Honours and general degree).
Art, Architecture and Medieval Life
(same as History 3020, Archaeology 3001, Folklore 3001) is an examination of the development of medieval art and architecture and of the ways in which they mirror various aspects of life in the Middle Ages. The course will include a discussion of art and architecture in the countryside, in the town, in the castle, in the cathedral and in the cloister.
It is recommended, but not obligatory, that students should have successfully completed one of the following courses: Archaeology 2480, Folklore 1000 or 2000, History 2320, MST 2001, History 2330, MST 2002, MST 2000.
Folklore in Medieval Society
- inactive course.
Christian Thought in the Middle Ages
(same as Religious Studies 3560) is a study of the development of Christianity in the West from the eleventh century to the eve of the Reformation, through an examination of its principal thinkers and the most significant societal forces and events: the crusades, the universities, monasticism, religious dissent, and mysticism.
Credit may be obtained for only one of MST 3003 or Religious Studies 3560.
Women Writers in the Middle Ages
(same as Women's Studies 3001 and English 3006) will study selections from the considerable corpus of women's writings in the Medieval period, as well as issues which affected women's writing. All selections will be read in English translation.
Special Topics in Medieval Studies
is available only as part of the Harlow Campus Semester.
Special Topics in Medieval Studies
are seminars on such general, interdisciplinary or comparative subjects as, e.g., Popular Culture in the Middle Ages, The Medieval Stage, The Medieval Court, The Religious Orders, Women in Medieval Society, Medieval Universities, Scholasticism, Dante's Divine Comedy, Medieval Historiography, Arthurian Romance, Jewish Medieval Communities, Muslim Art and Architecture and The Byzantine World.
(same as Classics 4202).