Medieval Studies - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Medieval Studies.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • An understanding of how philosophy, culture, history and the context of a time can and does influence present and future culture, society, community relationships and social/political development
  • Knowledge of how to assess the potential impact of historical developments on modern society
  • The skills to understand, examine and assess the historical/cultural roots of modern social institutions and other cultural phenomena and to make recommendations for future planning and development
  • The ability to research and identify the basis and development of artistic and literary styles
  • An informed appreciation of the culture and history of a given historical period and its place in history
  • An understanding of how to explain and communicate the development of key modern social and cultural changes and developments to others
  • Skills to assess the accuracy of historical information, costume and context and provide direction and input on the development and use of historical reference, materials and props

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Advertising Copywriter
Antiquities Dealer
Art Dealer
Business Developer
Community Development
Community Relations
Cultural Affairs Officer
Cultural Interpreter
Curriculum Designer
Diversity Trainer
Economic Developer
Editorial Assistant
Education Planner
Educational Researcher
Event Planning
Events/Exhibit Promoter
Exhibit Designer/Planner
Film Consultant
Film/TV Researcher
Foreign Affairs/Diplomat
Foreign Correspondent
Foreign Embassy Staff
Foreign Language Librarian
Freelance Writer
Gallery Manager
Government Officer
Historical Museum Administrator
Historical Site Guide
Human Resources Generalist
Labour Relations/Negotiator
Lawyer/Legal Researcher
Movie Prop Designer
Museum Administrator
Museum Curator/Director
Opinion Researcher
Personnel Recruiter
Policy Analyst
Production Assistant (film/tv)
Prop Master
Public Information Officer
Real Estate Agent/Developer
Retail Buyer
Script Supervisor
Stage/Set Designer
Student Life Co-ordinator
Travel Consultant
Travel Writer

Potential Employers

Art Galleries
Community Service
Entertainment Companies
Fairs/Cultural Programs
Media Companies
Museums/Historical Sites
Retail Organizations
Special Events Companies
Theatres/Performing Arts


Ontario Classical Association -
Canadian Museums Association -
Canadian Archaeological Association -
Society for Historical Archaeology -
Classical and Medieval Numismatic Society -
Heritage Canada The National Trust -
International Center of Medieval Art -
The Medieval Academy of America -
Society for Classical Studies -
The American Classical League -

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In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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