Note: University regulations apply to all students at Laurier. If there is any discrepancy between the program or progression requirements outlined on this page and those in the university's academic calendars, the academic calendars are the official sources of information. The information below is from the latest calendar, and you may be following progression requirements from an earlier calendar. Students are responsible for checking the appropriate calendar. Contact your program coordinator should you notice any discrepancies.
The program is very flexible. It enables you to tailor your medieval study to a literary, cultural, or historical focus, and introduces you to a vast variety of critical approaches. You can take a double major and still have much (rare) freedom with your electives, and can meet teachable requirements in English, History, French, Spanish, German, Music and Religion.
The program also includes courses in more than one faculty at Laurier, a rare opportunity for students.
You can concentrate on Medieval history, literature, languages, music, philosophy, political thought, intellectual history, archaeology, art and manuscripts.
The program features many exciting disciplines such as early Islam, Anglo-Saxon studies, history of the Medieval church, roles of women in the Middle Ages, Medieval drama, Medieval music, popular culture Influenced by Medieval traditions, Chaucer, Vikings, Latin, Greek, French and Italian.
Honours BA in Medieval Studies in Combination with Another Honours BA Program
The program for the combined Honours BA in Medieval Studies consists of 20.0 credits, no more than 6.0 credits of which are at the 100 level (14.0 credits at the senior level). Students must take a minimum of 7.0 credits as detailed below, only 1.0 credit of which can be at the 100 level. The limit of 6.0 100 level credits may be waived in the case of 100-level language courses taken by Medieval Studies majors in Year 3 or Year 4.
Students should be aware that some senior courses have prerequisites. Consult the respective course descriptions from the various departments for more information.
Year 1 (1.0 credit)
- ML100: Discovering the Middle Ages (0.5 credit)
At least one of the following:
- ML101: Harry Potter and Medieval Culture (0.5 credit)
- ML102: Game of Thrones and Medieval Culture (0.5 credit)
- HI101: Medieval Europe, 500-1100 (0.5 credit)
- HI102 : The Central and Late Middle Ages, 1100-1450 (0.5 credit)
Year 2 (2.0 credits)
Core requirement: at least 0.5 credit from the following:
- ML200: The Middle Ages Today: Medievalism in Contemporary Culture
- ML201: City and Cathedral: The Church in Medieval Society
- ML202: Castle and Village: Class and Material Culture
Additional credits as needed from the following:
- EN231: Arthurian Traditions
- EN238: Tolkien and Fantasy
- FR232: Medieval and Renaissance France
- HI224: The Asian World in Ascendancy, 1000-1700
- PP261: Medieval Philosophy
- RE215: Christianity and Culture: Early to Pre-Modern
- (Or senior courses in Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin or Spanish, with the coordinator's permission.)
Note: Year 2 Medieval Studies students may take a section of ML300 with the program coordinator’s permission, but must also take at least 2.0 credits of 200-level courses listed above (or equivalent in senior language courses).
Year 3 (2.0 credits)
Core requirement: 1.0 credit (two courses) from the ML300 special topic courses and 1.0 credit from the following:
- ML300: Special Topics
- ML301: An Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts
- EN372: History of the English Language
- EN390: Chaucer and the Middle Ages
- EN392: Diversity in the Middle Ages
- HI310: The Italian Renaissance, 1350-1530
- HI374: Jews, ‘Witches’ and Heretics: Persecution and Toleration in pre-Modern Europe c. 1050-1700
- HI382: Anglo-Saxon England, c. 450-1066
- HI383: England in the Central and Late Middle Ages, 1066-1485
- (Or senior courses in Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin or Spanish, with the coordinator's permission.)
Year 4 (2.0 credits)
Core requirement: one of ML400 or ML401 senior seminars in Medieval Studies or an approved 400-level seminar from English, History or Music.
1.5 additional credits as needed from:
- ML402: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Through Medieval Studies
- Any 300-level courses listed above
- (Or senior courses in Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin or Spanish with the coordinator's permission.)
Note: It is recommended that students wishing to pursue graduate studies take at least 1.0 credit in Latin and at least 1.0 credit in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Middle English or Anglo-Saxon.
Minor in Medieval Studies
A minimum of a 0.5 credit from ML100, ML101, ML102, ML201, ML202.
2.5 credits from 200- and 300-level Medieval Studies courses or medieval interdisciplinary courses. Senior courses in Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin or Spanish may be substituted with the permission of the Medieval Studies program coordinator.