Courses and Requirements

Courses and Requirements

The Medieval Studies Minor requires students to take 18 credits in approved courses on medieval topics. No more than 9 of these credits may be taken in any one department or unit, and no more than 6 credits may be taken below the 300 level. Students are required to take the 400-level capstone course, MDST 400: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Medieval Studies (3 credits).

For a full list of complementary courses, click here.

Before meeting with the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Adviser, please complete the Program Audit Sheet for the Minor Concentration in Medieval Studies.

Please note that not all of the courses are offered every year. Specific course topics may vary from year to year. Departmental requirements and prerequisites apply in all cases. 500-level courses are designated for honours undergraduates, unless other arrangements are made with the professor.


Spotlight on Current Courses:

ARTH 204: Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture, Fall 2016 (Prof. Cecily Hilsdale)

Offering an introduction to the major artistic monuments of the medieval world from the fourth to the fifteenth century in both the eastern and western Mediterranean, this lecture course surveys a diverse range of Byzantine, Islamic, and European works of art and architecture and positions them within their original social, political, and spiritual contexts.


HIST 401: Medieval Films, Winter 2017 (Prof. Bruce)

Prompting students to think about the modern construction of the Middle Ages, this course examines how modern culture uses medieval themes to tackle issues relevant to modern movie goers. We will explore those themes, discuss how films bend accuracy for the sake of argument, and understand how these films are often more a reflection of modern society, than they are of the Middle Ages.



MDST 400: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Medieval Studies, Winter 2017 (Prof. Wallis)

Theme for Winter 2017: The Enchanted World - Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Culture

Medieval people included within the notion of "nature" a wider range of phenomena and possibilities than would be possible in a modern culture. Nature as God’s creations included spiritual beings like angels; it also allowed for many layers of properties and powers to be ascribed to entities like stars and stones, as well as to living creatures. The category of "nature" was therefore unstable and ambiguous; conversely, the notion of the "supernatural" – phenomena inherently above or beyond the realm of "nature" – was slow to coalesce. In a culture where nature and the supernatural interpenetrated and traded places, to understand the world was also to wonder at it.