Your degree in Medieval Studies

Skills you’ll develop

During your Medieval Studies degree, you’ll learn how to critically evaluate representations of the medieval and pre-modern world that are present in our world today and address ingrained misconceptions of this period in history. You’ll develop important skills while studying art, music, literature, history, and society.

These skills may include:

  • Critically thinking about and analyzing concepts related to the medieval period
  • Applying problem-solving to the examination of civilizations as a whole in both unity and diversity
  • Researching to find and connect various types of textual, archaeological, and visual evidence to reconstruct stories of past events and cultures
  • Attending to detail used in the analysis and presentation of evidence
  • Interpreting primary and secondary sources based on available evidence
  • Writing clearly, and in a way that demonstrates a well-structured communication style and an appreciation of the attitudes and beliefs of past cultures
  • Persuasive public speaking and reasoning that draw upon an understanding of the historical development and cultural aspects of the medieval period

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including museums, libraries, education, publishing, communications, cultural and non-profit organizations, tourism, government, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Archivist
  • Auctioneer
  • Biographer
  • Charitable organization director
  • Collections manager
  • Communications specialist
  • Community development worker
  • Community programs director
  • Copywriter
  • Cultural anthropologist
  • Curator
  • Customs broker
  • Documentarian/Filmmaker
  • Editor
  • Education policy analyst
  • Event planner
  • Foreign service officer
  • Fundraiser
  • Genealogist
  • Heritage interpreter
  • Historian
  • Human resources specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Language school instructor
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literacy program coordinator
  • Literary agent
  • Marketing specialist
  • Media/Information consultant
  • Museum administrator
  • Museum educator
  • Records technician
  • Research assistant
  • Restoration technician
  • Student services advisor
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Tourism industry consultant
  • Technical writer
  • Trade officer
  • Translator

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Medieval Studies graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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