Medieval Studies

The Medieval Studies Program makes it possible to study a variety of aspects of the society and culture of the world in the first fifteen hundred years of the common era.

Students can examine the period from many different angles using as many or as few different disciplines as they choose. Courses from the Art History, Classical Studies, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies departments, among many others, count toward a Major or Minor in Medieval Studies.

Instead of developing a single disciplinary approach, people working in Medieval Studies exploit the skills and methods unique to different disciplines to gain a deeper understanding of art, music, literature, history, and society.

Majors in Medieval Studies are prepared for a wide variety of post graduate training, not being constrained to any one single field of future study or work.

Students with Minors in Medieval Studies find it easy to develop that valuable adjunct to a major which is often in one of the many disciplines that contribute to the study of the Middle Ages.

Course topics include Roman Law, Japanese Painting Traditions, Medieval Jewish History, Women in the Middle Ages, the Heritage of Islam, and Music and Civilization, to name a few.

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You must meet with the Medieval Studies advisor to develop your course of study. The major or minor can be declared on the Student Service Centre (SSC) when you have third-year standing.


Jensen Scheuer: Exploring Diverse Interests

Jensen Scheuer is pursuing a unique and global education, majoring in medieval studies and minoring in German. His studies have led him to Berlin and a work term with Go Global while also staying active with the UBC Fencing Club.

Dr. Arlene Sindelar: Her Path to History

As an undergraduate at Concordia University Chicago, Dr. Arlene Sindelar studied math. She even taught math as a student teacher before graduating. But it was while student teaching that she made an interesting observation—she enjoyed studying math, she liked teaching math, but she didn’t really think much about math once she left the classroom. Instead, she thought about history. History had always captured her imagination and it was history that drew her back.


Medieval Studies Program
Tel: 604-822-2255