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Medieval Studies is the integrated study of the historical and cultural period known also as the Middle Ages. This is defined here as the period between Antiquity and the Modern Age. The program's core courses are drawn from a number of different departments. This integration of the methods and subject matter of several disciplines mirrors the pluralistic and inter-religious framework of the age. The influence of this period on our own age is wide ranging, and studying the Middle Ages helps one to understand the historical developments in science, law, literature, art, architecture, and philosophy that, in addition to helping us to understand these fields today, are also worth studying on their own merits. Studying the Middle Ages can also shed light on the origins of particular contemporary issues concerning religion, women, and conflict with and within the Middle East.

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To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first MST courses MST 1000, MST 1120 and MST 1121. 

There are additional responsibilities associated with interdisciplinary programs and seeking academic advice early on is crucial. MST majors should complete disciplinary prerequisites for future MST electives.

Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker.

Learn about declaring your program by visiting iDeclare or by emailing 

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take MST 2001 or MST 2002 and any three MST courses.

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or second major. Consult with the Undergraduate Program Director and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations.  

Note: students pursuing interdisciplinary second major must pursue a single-discipline first major. 

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take two MST courses at the 3000 level and take one other MST course at the 3000 level or above.

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take two MST courses at the 4000 level.

Ensure your Breadth of Knowledge requirement for the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Memorial Self-Service account, under the Graduation menu options.

  • Request a final official degree audit after winter semester to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Have questions about your official degree audit? Follow up with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at
  • Seek advice from instructors about graduate or professional schools
  • Consider grants for graduate or professional studies in the fall 
  • Be mindful of application deadlines for professional and graduate schools everywhere and apply early
  • Approach your instructors for academic references for future academic and professional endeavors
  • In September - if you have not had an audit within the last 3 semesters  request one now.  The audit will ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Finalize applications and academic references for professional or graduate school
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair in the fall
  • Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in the Graduation menu of your Self-service account.

Pondering your future career interest?

Learn about the career versatility of the BA through BA Professional: A Career Conversation Series. Watch episodes on demand to hear from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni on how to build a successful career.

  • Explore on-campus and summer jobs through MUCEP, ISWEP, and SWASP for exposure to research and administration
  • Attend fall Career and Graduate School Fair and Summer Job Fair
  • Meet up for career conversations, gain a better understanding of what careers are available with your degree and develop your networking and communications skills, in-person or online through 10,000 coffees.

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.



Attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the program.

Think globally about your academic involvement.


Consider Learning Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator. 

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Wellness and Counselling Centre • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Living on-campus? Check out residence life • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus housing• Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Checkout the wellness videos or talk to a counsellor.  

A professional editor, communicator and Viking-Age specialist, living in Harbour Main, NL, Dr. Shannon Lewis-Simpson (BA (Hons) MUN 98; MA York 00, PhD York 05) has published on constructions of cultural identity in the early medieval North Atlantic. She is a senior officer in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, and is currently researching the “Viking Vitae” and the Royal Naval Reserve Newfoundland Division, 1900-1922. She coordinates Community Engaged Learning within Student Life, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Memorial University, putting her medieval training and interdisciplinarity to good use.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

I don’t think my undergraduate self would be surprised. I walked along multiple paths back then, and I continue to pursue Navy, books, words, problem solving and the early medieval period today. I have learned quite a lot, but there is still so much more to learn.

What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

I really did not know what I wanted to do at Memorial. I know what I was expected to do, which was to study engineering, but I did not particularly enjoy maths and sciences at that time. Dr. Catherine Innes-Parker, a medievalist, professor Donna Walsh, who studied Old Norse, and Dr. Phyllis Artiss were my first-year English instructors. They were encouraging and engaging, so I carried on.

What resources did you use while at Memorial? Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

My first-year advisor was also my physics instructor. He knew I was unhappy, asked what I really wanted to study, and he gave me permission to go explore that option.

I marched into the Bill Schipper's office and said, "Hi! I want to be a medievalist!"

I don't think Bill ever recovered from the shock.

Dr. David Bell was and is a constant mentor and sensei for me. I aspire to be as calm and as exacting a scholar.

I was one of the first graduates of the medieval studies program. We were blessed with some of the very best medieval and early modern scholars like David Bell, Richard Gyug, Aileen MacDonald, Jim Butrica, William Barker, Cathy Innes-Parker, and Bill Schipper, all of whom were and continue to be respected in their fields. I had constant one-on-one tutelage and encouragement from each of them. I was too green to know it at the time, but what I learned at MUN stood me in good stead and put me on equal or better footing than students from elsewhere when I went to graduate school.

Another under appreciated aspect of MUN is the QEII Library. Having spent many years in libraries across Europe, I can say that the service we received was excellent, with works on everything from sheep shearing to saints’ lives represented in the stacks. If they didn’t carry it, they got it in quickly. That was a big deal in the pre-digital world.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

I joined the naval reserve the same year I started university. While all of my classmates were finding summer employment, I was learning to navigate warships. Knowing that, at o’ dark thirty in the morning, you were the watch officer whose job it was to keep the people safe who were sleeping below, and that your captain trusted you to do so, proved a real eye opener about responsibility, and what it meant to lead in both the present day and in the medieval period. My time at sea provided me with a different perspective of the hierarchal medieval period, to be sure.

I worked as an teaching assistant and editorial assistant for Professor Schipper, working on a database of Latin inscriptions. I also worked for Aileen McDonald as well, editing lange d'oc poetry. That was good, diverse, professional training for the future, and made me realise that I also liked to edit, teach and mentor.

For a few years I was a late night DJ at CHMR. That was good fun. Shotokan karate and many games of pool in the Breezeway kept me focused.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

When Memorial acquired its 16th century Bruges Book of Hours, I had an opportunity to work with it for a research paper. That was a privilege and extremely exciting. I knew that I wanted to work with books, and the masters programme at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, placed a heavy emphasis on palaeography. So, off I went, and quickly became engaged with interdisciplinary Viking studies.

Applying to York was the best decision of my life. During my MA and PhD, I travelled extensively, excavated in Scotland and Orkney, worked with thousand-year-old manuscripts and material culture, organized conferences, edited books, wrote and researched, and married an English archaeologist. While I was doing these things I was lucky enough to serve as an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve and pursue my other parallel path.

Did you participate in a study abroad program?

I was too busy working to go abroad for academic study during undergraduate work. During graduate study I participated in the SOCRATES and SOCRATES II programmes with sessions in Denmark, Germany, Poland and Estonia. These programmes and the participants within have shaped my scholarship and my life.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Do everything and anything. Do what you like to do, but ensure you are self-sufficient. Listen to what people are telling you. You only have one life, make it count, and make a difference.

Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)