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Mediaeval Studies Program Overview

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).

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, regardless of college affiliation, are invited to join our SpecialistMajor, or Minor in Mediaeval Studies.

Introducing Mediaeval Studies Program Courses for 2022-2023

This year Mediaeval Studies at St. Michael’s will be offering a mix of old and new courses, some of which will be taught by instructors from CMS.  Dr. Alison More, will be offering a 400-level seminar Women on the Margins: Forms of Devotion and Female Religious Identity and an instructor from CMS will teach the new 300-level Mediaeval Genders and Sexualities. Again, we will be offering the very popular How to be a Barbarian: Beard, Battles and Belief at the Dawn of the Middle Ages. St. Michael’s Dr. Jim Ginther will be offering Mediaeval Theology, and we are happy to welcome the 2022-23 Mellon Fellow to teach the 400-level Saints and Society in the Middle Ages.

Download the Complete Mediaeval Studies Course Offerings 2022-2023

Featured Courses/Seminars

The Little Garden of Paradise, ca. 1410 – 1420, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
The Little Garden of Paradise, ca. 1410 – 1420, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

200 Level

MST210H1F The Early Mediaeval Tradition
Giulio Silano
(St. Michael’s)

MST212H1S The Later Mediaeval Tradition
(Centre for Medieval Studies)

MST222H1F Mediaeval Latin Literature
(Centre for Medieval Studies)

MST231H1F On the Move in Mediaeval Eurasia
(Centre for Medieval Studies)

MST232H1S How to Be a Barbarian: Beard, Battles and Belief at the Dawn of the Middle Ages
(Centre for Medieval Studies)

See all 200 Level Courses on St. Mike’s website →

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.

Recent Mediaeval Studies News and Insights

Special to the Mediaeval Studies Program

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.

Photos courtesy of the University of St. Michael’s College Archives.

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:

Program Faculty and Contacts


Alison More, Associate Professor, Comper Professorship of Medieval Studies
Program Coordinator (on leave January 2023)

Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Fellow and Library Director, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Interim Program Coordinator (January 2023)

Alexander Andrée, Professor

Michael O’Connor, Associate Professor

Giulio Silano, Professor

Ann Dooley, Professor Emerita

Joseph Goering, Professor Emeritus

Kelly Library Liaison

Richard Carter, Librarian
Kelly Library, Room 127
416-926-1300 ext. 3444

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

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