Students in the library

Immerse yourself in the past

Undergraduate students Dylan Kerfoot and Drew Beard dive into history with a collection of original manuscripts in Special Collections at the library.

Students with falcon in classroom

Hands-on learning

Medieval studies brings the past into the classroom. Beasts and Books (MEDI 360) brought birds of prey off the pages with a visit by a falconer.

Current students
Alana Blackall on her laptop

Discover your edge in medieval studies

Medieval studies encourages you to see history with new eyes. Undergraduate student Alana Blackall enjoys exploring the incredible artistic, scientific and social innovations of the Middle Ages.

Become a student
People attending a past Medieval Workshop

Annual Medieval Workshop

We host public events, including the annual Medieval Workshop, that gather students, artists, scholars and interested community members to experience and explore the Middle Ages.

Warren Olmstead in an office

Following a unique path

Medieval studies alumni like Warren Olmstead graduate with hands-on skills and an awareness of cultural heritage that can be applied to many unique fields and careers.

Career possibilities
Hélène Cazes in her office

Meet our people

Faculty from departments across campus, like program member Hélène Cazes (French), come together to create a program that brings students face-to-face with philosophy, science, art, literature and religion.

Our people

New old worlds

UVic's Medieval Studies Program introduces you to other times and places, to societies and arts which look strangely familiar, though radically different. Meet the stories, civilizations and ideas that created our cultures.

The exploration of diverse and bygone worlds feeds our dreams and works of art with romance, courage, adventure, journeys and marvels.
—Hélène Cazes, Program Director

The Middle Ages are sometimes idealized as an age of heroics or misunderstood as a dark period. They were a complex period in the evolution of our modern world marked by extraordinary artistic, intellectual and social achievements.

Want to learn more? Find your edge in Medieval Studies.