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Mediaeval Studies 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 2023-2024

Proposed course offerings and information for the 2023/2024 academic year are detailed in the PDF below. 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 have new course codes. Both the old SMC program courses and new CLT courses will count toward your Mediaeval Studies program requirements. If you notice a course not being counted in Degree Explorer please contact us at

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

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

MST226H1 King Arthur

Brent Miles

MST233H1 Viking Cultures

MST234H1F Women’s Lives in Mediaeval Europe
Alison More
(St. Michael’s)

MST242H1S Mediaeval Mythologies and Methodologies
Alison More
(St. Michael’s)

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

God the Geometer, circa 1220-1230
God the Geometer,
circa 1220-1230

300 Level

MST324H1 The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages
Jim Ginther
(St. Michael’s)

MST326H1 Mediaeval Music: Thought and Practice
Michael O’Connor
(St. Michael’s College)

See all 300 Level Courses on St. Mike’s website

Hildegard von Bingen and her nuns, 13th century
Hildegard von Bingen and her nuns,
13th century

400 Level

MST406H1S Mediaeval Seminar II: Apocalypse: The End of the World in Mediaeval Thought
Alison More

See all 400 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, Assistant Professor, Comper Professorship of Medieval Studies

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

For more information about the program, including queries about enrollment and completion, contact

Learn more about Mediaeval Studies Program Requirements and Courses