Medieval and early modern studies

Department: Philosophy Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences Campus: St. John's
Honours available: Yes Length: Four years
University Calendar: Medieval and early modern studies
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Medieval and early modern studies is an interdisciplinary program that aims to promote the integrated study of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, defined as the interwined historical and cultural periods in Europe between Antiquity and the Modern Age (ca. 500-1700 CE). The influence of these periods is wide-ranging. Studying the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period helps you to understand the historical developments in science, law, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy that, in addition to helping us understand these fields today, are also worth studying on their own merits. Studying these periods can also shed light on the origins of particular contemporary issues concerning class, religion, gender, colonialism, race, and conflict with and within the Middle East.

Medieval and early modern studies at Memorial

The medieval and early modern studies program is interdisciplinary, meaning that core courses are drawn from a number of different departments at Memorial. This integration of the methods and subject matter of several disciplines mirrors the pluralistic and inter-religious framework of the age. 

The Queen Elizabeth II Library offers an array of journal holdings and books related to the field, as well as original 15th century manuscripts.

The medieval and early modern studies program is housed in the Department of Philosophy.

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by indicating bachelor of arts as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission. Direct entry into the faculty is subject to your meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.

You may choose medieval studies as your major at the time of application or you can explore your options and declare a major in a later semester by emailing to make your choice official.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for medieval studies students.

Sample courses and degree map

MEMS 1001 - Culture and Society in the Early Modern Period
MEMS 2494 - Medieval Genders and Identities
MEMS 3001 - Art, Architecture and Medieval Life

Medieval studies degree map

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