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 2019 (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 2020 (Prof. Faith Wallis)

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, Fall 2019 (Prof. Travis Bruce) Winter 2020 (Prof. Michael Van Dussen)

Theme for Winter 2020: Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Late-Medieval English Literature

In later medieval England (ca. 1300-1500) we find a variety of representations of Jews and Muslims, though few Jews or Muslims could be found living anywhere in England at the time. The impressions and representations would seem, then, to stem from earlier or external textual influences (e.g., the romance tradition, crusading narratives), communication with other regions, or reliance (in the case of the Jews) on older accounts from England. Some of the most complex and controversial depictions of religious difference are found in medieval English chivalric romances and texts that stand in some relation to historical narrative. Others draw on notions of a wondrous east, influenced by fanciful travel narratives as well as natural histories from classical antiquity. Students in this seminar will study a number of literary texts to understand how they situate the societies that produced and read them within complex intellectual traditions, and in an expansive medieval world.