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:

  • Apply for co-op at the end of your first year to gain hands-on work experience for your resume.
  • 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.

Check out the Medieval and Medievalism Studies Experience Guide.

 

2020 graduates who secured employment or went on to postgraduate studies

 

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students who gained hands-on learning experiences at Laurier in 2019/20

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Admissions

Format: full time or part time      Duration: four years     Start: September (fall term)     OUAC code: UH
Ontario High School Admission Requirements
  • Minimum admission range: low 70s.
  • Competitive admission range based on last year’s admitted students: low 80s.
  • English at 60%.
Canadian Admission Requirements (Outside of Ontario)

Students applying to this program from a Canadian province outside of Ontario are encouraged to review our course equivalents by province chart. This chart will show you what courses from your province are equivalent to the admission requirements listed under Ontario High School Admission Requirements.

International Admission Requirements

Students applying to this program from an international curriculum are encouraged to review our curriculum-specific requirements; you must also meet all program-specific requirements listed under the Ontario High School Admission Requirements section.

English-Proficiency Requirement

Laurier's language of instruction is English, and so we may require you to provide evidence of your English proficiency to help make sure you experience success in your academic courses.

Your three most recent years of full-time education must be in English without taking any ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. If you do not meet this requirement, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

We reserve the right to request an English-language test from any applicant.

If you do not meet Laurier's English proficiency requirement but are academically qualified for your program, you may be eligible for a conditional offer of admission.

Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) Program

The Laurier English and Academic Foundation (LEAF) program is an academic English program for Laurier applicants who have to prove English proficiency. If you have received an offer to Laurier with a condition to meet our English- proficiency requirement, you can meet that condition by successfully completing the LEAF program.

College Pathways

Graduates from a two-year general Arts and Science diploma program can apply to Medieval and Medievalism Studies (in combination with another major) within the Faculty of Arts on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. To be considered for admission to the Faculty of Arts, graduates must have an overall average of 75% in their program and achieve a minimum of 60% in a 4U English course or equivalent.

Learn more about our college transfer agreement.

Other Admission Requirements

Visit our admission requirements section to find specific requirements for university students, indigenous applicants, mature learners, homeschooled applicants, senior citizens, refugees, and more. 

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

Co-op

Co-op is a way to integrate what you are learning in the classroom with practical experience in your field of study. Build your resume, earn money, develop your network, and graduate with work experience.

You can apply for admission to co-op in your first year and may be eligible for an admission interview early in your second year. As a student in this program, you will be eligible to complete paid work terms lasting 12 to 16 weeks.

Interested? Learn more about co-op.

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.