Medieval and early modern studies

Campus: St. John's Faculty: Humanities and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy Honours available: Yes
Degree(s): Bachelor of arts; International bachelor of arts; Joint arts and science degree
Length: Four years
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Medieval and early modern studies is the interdisciplinary study of the historical and cultural period known as the Middle Ages. The influence of this period, roughly designated as the period in Europe and its neighbours between Antiquity and the Modern Age (ca. 500-1500 CE), is wide-ranging. Studying the Middle Ages 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 the Middle Ages can also shed light on the origins of particular contemporary issues concerning 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, including original 15th century manuscripts.

The medieval and early modern studies 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 1000 - The Cultural Legacy of the Middle Ages
MEMS 1120 - Introductory Latin I
MEMS 2002 - Medieval Europe Since the Eleventh Century
MEMS 2494 - Game of Genders: Sex and Society in the Medieval North
MEMS 3001 - Art, Architecture and Medieval Life

Medieval studies degree map

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