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Medieval and Ancient Studies

  • Students walking into a castle
  • Students in York

The field of medieval and ancient studies includes European literature and culture from about 500 to 1500. It teaches students to think synthetically across a variety of disciplines.

The medieval period brought about foundational choices that have made the world what it is today. These include current challenges in the fields of

  • "Western" law
  • Human rights
  • Attitudes toward power
  • Authority
  • Gender relations
  • Sexual mores
  • And more

The medieval studies curriculum covers topics in

and areas like gender and religion with historical roots in ancient and classical periods and Byzantine cultures.