lead interpreter, Queenston Heritage Properties
"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. The small class sizes and interesting courses made learning so much fun, and my experience lent itself so well to my graduate studies, as well as my current career. Switching my major to Medieval Studies was one of the best decisions I ever made!
"One my favourite courses was ML300q: Medievalism in Game of Thrones. It was a fantastic blend of pure history and pop culture, exploring how one of the most well-known TV series uses historical fact and narrative in a way that captures the imagination. The assignments were unique, and they taught me not only the history that Game of Thrones uses but also extremely valuable skills in digital humanities.
"I loved the community that formed with my classmates. Because Medieval Studies is a smaller program, we all became a very close-knit group, and the friendships I formed have lasted long after graduation. This included my professors — the classes are smaller and more intimate, so creating long-lasting mentor relationships with my teachers happened naturally. I learned so much from these one-on-one and small group environments, and it made for a fantastic experience at Laurier.
"I had a wonderful experience at Laurier. The classes, the professors, the overall campus vibe, and the friends I made along the way all made me who I am today, and I'd go back in a heartbeat."
collections specialist, Parks Canada
"Medieval Studies is so much fun. It is a period of history that is often overlooked, and yet so much happened during it, events that would shape the following periods of history. Some of the things you will learn will be better than any fiction you will ever read. Not to mention, it gives you the opportunity to explore some of your biggest interests. I took classes on Tolkien, Game of Thrones, and Arthurian legend. University is so much better when you enjoy what you're studying.
"I liked the community that was built through the program. It is small enough that you get to know everyone. Not only was that a valuable resource during your studies (study groups, shared knowledge, being known by your professors), I made some of my greatest friends during the program. Corny, but true.
"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. It also kept my creativity alive through unique and varied assignments, which is something that is really important when designing exhibits.
"I am so incredibly grateful that I took the program. I loved every minute of it, and continue to be passionate about medieval history to this day. I can honestly say, I would not have had the opportunities I have had, including an awesome job with Parks Canada, if I had not enrolled in the program."
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