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Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Discover the roots of the modern world in an exciting new multi-disciplinary way. Examine the development of culture and thought from Graeco-Roman antiquity through the middle ages and into the Renaissance. Explore, understand, and appreciate ancient languages and the literature, art, ideas, and historical movements that informed Western civilization.


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Bachelor of Arts - Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Honours
  • B.A. Double Honours
  • Minor

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What is Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies?

Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies examines the earlier cultures and societies that lay the foundations of what today is commonly known as the Western Tradition. Drawing on the resources of twelve departments in Arts & Science and St. Thomas More College, it offers an integrated interdisciplinary approach that allows students to bring a broadly informed perspective to the study of a cultural tradition that ranges from the eastern Mediterranean in the 8th century BCE to 17th-century Italy and the England of Shakespeare, Bacon and Hobbes. Students in the program thus are able to focus on a particular discipline and period, but to develop their understanding of their specific field within the broader tradition that informs it. By bringing together the insights and methodological approaches of such disciplines as history, literary criticism, philosophy, religious studies, art history, archaeology and the study of languages, the program encourages students to develop a broad foundation in support of the detailed study of their field of interest.

An understanding of civilization requires the integration of three dimensions: the historical (including archaeology and the history of society and politics); the intellectual (including philosophy, science, and religion); and the cultural (including languages, arts, drama, literature, and architecture). This integration of humanities disciplines makes Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies both distinctive and exciting.

Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Is it for you?

  • The Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies program is unique to the University of Saskatchewan. No other program in North America approaches these three periods as a whole.
  • Its multi-disciplinary approach gives students the freedom to customize their degree, taking any number of courses from anthropology, archaeology, art, art history, drama, English, history, languages, music, philosophy, political studies and religious studies. In turn, the diversity of disciplinary interests among the students and faculty has created a tremendously rich intellectual environment of discussion, exchange, and informal learning.
  • The Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies community includes numerous internationally acclaimed scholars, a growing cohort of strong young academics, and uniformly excellent teachers.

    Sample Classes

    • CLAS 220: Daily Life in Ancient Greece and Rome
      Studies daily life in ancient Athens and Rome.
    • CMRS 333: Exploring Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
      Introduces the student to basic elements in the study of manuscripts. The greatest portion of the course will involve guided transcription, annotation, and analysis of manuscripts relevant to the research of the instructor. The texts in question will never have been edited and thus represent entirely original research. In part it will also involve learning about methods such as context function analysis, provenance research, and historical bibliography. Although this will be done initially through lectures, the experience of confronting pre-modern manuscripts first-hand in all of their richness will form the backbone of the course.
    • CMRS 403: Analysis and Public Exhibition of Cultural Artifacts
      Independent study of a particular cultural artifact or artifact type, culminating in the public presentation of an exhibit in the Museum of Antiquities. Includes practical experience as a volunteer in the Museum. Contact CMRS director for details.

    Career Opportunities

    • Museum or Gallery Curator/Director
    • Teacher/Professor
    • Archivist
    • Historian
    • Prop Master/Movie Prop Designer
    • Antiquities Dealer
    • Cultural Interpreter
    • Foreign Affairs/Diplomat
    • Film Researcher
    • Historical Site Guide
    • Lawyer

    Skill Sets Gained

    • Research skills and methods
    • Collecting, analyzing and interpreting complex data and documents
    • Language skills
    • Communication skills: written and/or oral
    • Critical and analytical thinking
    • Decision-making skills
    • Adaotability/Flexibility
    • Organizational/Planning skills
    • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills
    • Personal management/Motivational skills

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