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About Medieval Studies at Laurier

Medieval and Medievalism Studies analyzes and applies cultural materials from the global Middle Ages (c. AD 500-1500) and the representation of the medieval world in later periods, including our own. These materials include myths, philosophy, theology, combat, fine arts, literature, history, politics, music, economics and architecture.

Our emphasis on medievalism makes Laurier’s program unique in North America. Movies, video games and theme parks are integrated into our course content to depict later representations of the Middle Ages. As you progress in the program, you can tailor your study of the Middle Ages and its cultural legacy to a literary, cultural or historical focus and prepare for diverse career opportunities, ranging from preserving the past to bringing it to life in the modern world.

This program must be completed in combination with another Bachelor of Arts program.

Take Exciting Courses Starting in Your First Year

We are the only university in Ontario to offer multiple Medieval and Medievalism Studies courses to first-year students.

Take courses on an exciting variety of subjects such as medievalism and video games, witches, outlaws, heretics, knights, dragons and fantasy literature. You'll learn how to think critically about how these subjects are represented in popular culture.

Complement Your Degree with Experiential Learning Opportunities

We offer teaching and leadership experiences based around a practicum course and instructional assistantships in our courses. Many of our courses, including those on digital gaming, also integrate a project-based approach, preparing you to work in teams with digital technology. You may also have the opportunity to work as a paid research assistant on a faculty member's funded research project.

You also have the option to participate in an exchange program with the University of Durham in England or the University of Poitiers in France. We also offer occasional travel courses during spring or summer term.

"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."

– Jasmine Fisher (BA '15)

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