Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies is administered by a committee of faculty, staff and student representatives from units across and beyond the College of Arts and Science and St. Thomas More College.

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.

A CMRS student interested in the politics of power might, for example, examine Thucydides’ analysis of democratic Athens’ naval empire, assess Roman imperialism as revealed in archaeological sites in conquered North Africa and Europe, and investigate how Machiavelli’s reading of the Classical past shaped his advice for Renaissance rulers. A student interested in Michelangelo would examine not only this great artist’s own work, but would locate him fully within the society of his time—a Renaissance Italy steeped in a matrix of intellectual, political, and artistic traditions reaching back to the Athens of Sophocles, Plato, and Praxiteles, while a student studying the early Church Fathers would examine the earlier philosophical, literary, and artistic traditions that inform their thought, but would also study their subsequent influence on various types of cultural production—theological, philosophical, literary, and artistic.

Graduates in CMRS fields have found employment in a variety of careers: museum curation, teaching in schools, teaching in universities, the practice of law, the military, information and library sciences, editing, business, educational administration, public administration, foreign service, journalism, dentistry, and politics.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement A4, excluding CMRS 110.3 and CMRS 111.3.

See Residency for additional details.