Medieval Studies

What is Medieval Studies?

Medieval studies is the examination of the Middle Ages—the period between the great Classical civilizations and modern times—from the perspectives of several academic disciplines: history, literature, languages, art history, religious studies, music, archeology, political science, and philosophy. Medieval studies traditionally cover Europe in the period from 500 to 1500. The objective of the program is to allow a student to comprehend the medieval mindset and the environment that shaped it.

At UCSB, Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary program in which the cultures of the European and Middle Eastern Middle Ages can be studied from the viewpoints of many subject areas: history, literature, religious studies, drama, art and music. Through the program, students can explore the character and creative contributions of the medieval period, investigate the dynamic interactions of its diverse Christian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures, and assess the impact of the Middle Ages on the formation of the New World and the shaping of modern societies.

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