Mediaeval Studies Program Demo

Mediaeval Studies

St. Michael’s has long been celebrated for Mediaeval Studies, with an impressive history of renowned professors, rich resources, and an exciting interdisciplinary approach to studies. Students studying the art, culture, history and thought of the years between the fifth and fifteenth centuries graduate backed by the best of the Humanities and well prepared for a range of careers or further studies, including work at St. Michael’s own Faculty of Theology or the University of Toronto’s Centre for Medieval Studies (CMS).

Compelling New Courses

Now, St. Michael’s undergraduate Mediaeval Studies Program is able to offer students ever more choice, encompassing a range of topics and areas. Not only is St. Michel’s offering new courses in the field, but students will find courses taught by professors from the Centre for Medieval Studies, as Dr. Alison More, for example, will be offering a new 200-level course, Women’s Lives in Mediaeval Europe, and St. Michael’s students have the opportunity to enroll in a new CMS course taught by Dr. Graham Robert Johnson titled How to be a Barbarian: Beard, Battles and Belief at the Dawn of the Middle Ages. St. Michael’s Dr. Stephen Tardif, meanwhile, will be offering a course on Dante and the Christian Imagination

New 200 Level Courses

Featured 300 Level Courses

Featured 400 Level Seminar, Independent Studies, Directed Research, Senior Essay

Why Take Mediaeval Studies

The discipline known as Mediaeval Studies examines the mediaeval foundations of modern culture through history, thought, literature, and art. The program is an ideal example of the humanistic values of liberal education that reflect Catholic education at its best.

Students with a degree in Mediaeval Studies graduate with strong critical thinking skills and an awareness of cultural heritage, preparing them for a broad range of career paths, including professional studies in education, law, theology, museology, journalism, communication, politics, or graduate study in related fields including history, literature, archaeology, folklore, and library science.

By crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries and an intense study of a variety of cultural materials from the Middle Ages, students can improve their cultural literacy, cultivate their sense of internationalization, learn to use an unbounded array of theories and methodologies, and communicate with skill – qualities with important implications for civic engagement and good leadership.

A Leader in Teaching and Research in Mediaeval Disciplines

St. Michael’s well-deserved reputation for teaching and research in mediaeval disciplines is bolstered by the university’s John M. Kelly Library, which has rich resources in the field, including the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) collection. PIMS, located on the St. Michael’s campus, is Canada’s oldest research institute in the Humanities and is widely regarded as the birthplace of mediaeval studies in North America. Since its founding in 1929, the Institute has been associated with prominent scholars such as Étienne Gilson and Jacques Maritain and has provided training at the highest level in the fundamentals of mediaeval scholarship in languages, manuscript studies and related disciplines.

Join the Mediaeval Studies Undergraduate Society

Life as a Mediaeval Studies student is not only enhanced by small class sizes and access to professors, but it is further enriched via the Mediaeval Studies Undergraduate Society (MSUS), which provides regular social and academic activities for students throughout the school year. MSUS offers academic assistance and peer mentoring within the field of medieval studies and hosts campus-wide events such as a masquerade ball, seminars in mediaeval self-defence, medieval feasts, lectures, workshops and movie nights. During COVID, the group also  arranged virtual tours of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the Aga Khan Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

For more information about MSUS:

St. Michael’s Mediaeval Studies Partners with U of T’s CMS and PIMS

In 2020, St. Michael’s signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the University of Toronto and PIMS with a focus on new possibilities for cooperation and partnerships for CMS, PIMS and St. Michael’s via research, teaching, and publication. The ability of St. Michael’s students to enroll in courses at CMS is one of the benefits of this association.

For more information about the Mediaeval Studies program, including queries about enrollment and completion, contact smc.programs@utoronto.ca

Program Requirements

The Mediaeval Studies program offers you the opportunity to complete a Specialist, Major, or Minor.

2021-2022 Course Offerings

For the most up-to-date course listings please see the Faculty of Arts and Science Timetable.

As of the 2021/2022 academic year all Mediaeval Studies courses will have new course codes. Both the old SMC program courses and new MST courses will count toward your Mediaeval Studies program requirements. If you notice a course not being counted in Degree Explorer please contact us at smc.programs@utoronto.ca.

The course re-coding is taking place across all St. Michael’s College courses. As of Fall 2021, Mediaeval Studies courses will be coded as MST courses, Celtic courses will be CLT courses, and Christianity and Culture courses will be CHC courses.

Mediaeval Studies

Mediaeval Studies Program Faculty and Contacts

Faculty

Alison More, Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator
Queens Park Building (PIMS), room 47
alison.more@utoronto.ca

Alexander Andrée, Professor
Odette Hall, room 120
alexander.andree@utoronto.ca

Giulio Silano, Professor
Odette Hall, room 118
gsilano@chass.utoronto.ca

Michael O’Connor, Associate Professor
Odette Hall, room 123
michael.oconnor@utoronto.ca

Ann Dooley, Professor Emerita
Odette Hall, room 023
ann.dooley@utoronto.ca

Joseph Goering, Professor Emeritus
Odette Hall, room 120
goering@chass.utoronto.ca

Kelly Library Liaison

Richard Carter
Kelly Library, room 127
416-926-1300 ext. 3444
richard.carter@utoronto.ca

Contact Richard Carter with any library-related questions, including using online resources, arranging library instruction, ordering new titles, and getting help with research.

St. Michael’s College Programs

For more information about the program, including queries about enrollment and completion, contact smc.programs@utoronto.ca.

Medieval Studies Awards and Scholarships TBA

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What Mediaeval Studies Students Say TBA

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