Medieval and Medievalism Studies (BA in Combination)

Analyze cultural materials from the global Middle Ages (c. AD 500-1500) and study the representation of the medieval world in later periods, including today. Study how politics, history, literature, music, religion and even digital video games portray the medieval world. You can preserve the medieval past in many career fields or bring it to life in the visual, cultural and digital arts.

This program must be combined with another Bachelor of Arts program.

Apply Your Learning

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Here are just a few examples of the experiences you can add to your Medieval and Medievalism Studies program:

  • Live in the history-themed Residence Learning Community to enhance your academic and social success and register for the culminating summer travel course.
  • Study abroad for an academic term at the University of Durham in England and the University of Poitiers in France.
  • Join our Medieval Students' Society which is one of the strongest student groups on campus and organizes events such as archery outings and medieval potluck dinners.
  • If you choose to combine your Medieval and Medievalism Studies program with a program that offers co-op, you can apply for a co-op at the end of your first year.

Check out the Medieval and Medievalism Studies Experience Guide.

 

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Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UH

Program Options and Courses

Design Your Degree

This program must be completed in combination with another Bachelor of Arts program. You can easily pair your studies with Communication Studies, English, Film Studies, Global Studies or Women and Gender Studies, among others.

In addition, you can add an option or minor that will allow you to broaden your knowledge. A few examples of popular options and minors include:

  • Ancient Studies Minor
  • Archaeology Minor
  • English Minor
  • Digital Humanities Option
  • History Minor
  • Languages Minor
  • Muslim Studies Option
  • Philosophy Minor
  • Religion and Culture Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

First-Year Courses

  • Discovering the Middle Ages
  • One of the following courses:
    • Digital Valhallas: The Vikings in Video Games
    • Game of Thrones and History
    • Harry Potter and Medieval Culture
    • War, Conflict and Rebellion in Late Antiquity, 200-730
    • War, Conflict and Rebellion in the Middle Ages, 730-1500
  • 4.0 elective credits in courses that interest you

Sample Upper-Year Courses

  • Castle and Village: Class and Material Culture
  • City and Cathedral: The Church in Medieval Society
  • An Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts

Community Service-Learning

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Community Service-Learning (CSL) courses at Laurier integrate service in the community with what you are learning in your classes. Placements are approximately 10 weeks and take place on a weekly basis from the second week of classes to the final week, typically for two hours per week.

CSL placements consist of volunteering at a local community service, such as a soup kitchen or a children's treatment centre. It’s a great way to apply classroom knowledge and gain practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, develop your network, and graduate with experience.

Interested? Learn more about Community Service-Learning.

Tuition and Scholarships

Getting a university education is an investment in your future.

At Laurier, we take financial health seriously by providing a wide variety of funding opportunities for you throughout your degree, such as scholarships and bursaries, and by equipping you with the skills to manage your finances effectively in the years to come.

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"I loved every second of learning about the medieval period, but Medieval Studies taught me so much more than just history. So many skills that I use every day come from the program, and I created rewarding friendships with not only my classmates but also my teachers."

Jasmine Fisher, Medieval and Medievalism Studies graduate, lead interpreter at Queenston Heritage Properties

"Medieval Studies gave me the skills necessary to research historical events, people, etc. in a meaningful way, which relates directly to researching exhibits and artifacts in the museum profession."

Emily Dykemen, Medieval and Medievalism Studies graduate, collections specialist, Parks Canada

Your Career Awaits

It’s not only about the journey; it’s about the destination. Let us help you get to where you’re going.

Here are just some examples of our graduates' destinations. What’s yours?

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • antiques/antiquities dealer
  • archivist
  • art dealer/appraiser
  • author/screenwriter
  • exhibit designer/planner
  • film/TV researcher/consultant
  • historical museum administrator
  • movie prop/costume designer
  • preservationist/conservator
  • script supervisor
  • stage/set designer

Explore more careers.

Support After Graduation

Alumni for life means that you have access to Career and Employment Support offered at Laurier for your entire career.

Waterloo Campus

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

There are many ways to tour our Waterloo campus, whether that's on a guided tour with one of our Laurier student ambassadors, on your own using virtual reality, or even on-demand through one of our pre-recorded tours. See our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier.

Interested in More Info?

Email chooselaurier@wlu.ca, call 519.884.0710 x3385 or see all contact information.