Medieval Studies

Saint Louis University’s program in medieval studies is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the history of the medieval world. You'll gain in-depth knowledge of the history, art, theology and philosophy of medieval Europe.


Major in Medieval Studies

If you choose to major in medieval studies at SLU, you’ll learn from experts in fields such as Gothic architecture, Old French literature, Irish archaeology and the Crusades. You’ll also attend conferences and hear from speakers at SLU's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

SLU’s medieval studies major requires a total of 36 to 40 credit hours. By your junior year, you will select the two concentration areas in which you will take upper-level courses. All students in the program achieve Latin competency at the 2100 level and are required to complete a capstone or internship. Students are also encouraged to study abroad.

Curriculum
  • MRST 2100: The Medieval World
  • HIST 3040: The Middle Ages to 1100
  • HIST 3050: The Middle Ages, 1100 to 1450
  • ARTH 2450: Medieval Art Survey
  • THEO 2300: Medieval Theology

Students must pick three courses at the 3000 level in one of the following areas: theological studies, philosophy, history, art history, archaeology or medieval literature. You’ll also be required to take two courses at the 3000 level in an additional area.

All students must also take a senior capstone course, which can be fulfilled by taking either “4100 HIST: Medieval Synthesis” or “4910 HIST: Medieval Internship.”

Internships and Careers

Medieval studies students at SLU can move on to advanced graduate studies in medieval fields and are admitted to competitive programs around the world. Other graduates choose to pursue further education in fields such as museum studies and archival studies.

Faculty

Students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in medieval studies at SLU work with one of the largest faculties of medieval and renaissance studies in North America.


Minor in Medieval Studies

SLU’s minor in medieval studies requires 21 credit hours of coursework, including a Latin component and a capstone course.


On-Campus Resources

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

SLU’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies supports, coordinates and promotes an extraordinary array of scholars, students and resources devoted to medieval and early modern research. One of the largest in the United States, the center is home to more than 60 full-time faculty members.