Robert Edwards
Committee Chair
465 Burrowes Building

Ben Whitesell
Academic Adviser
224 Weaver Building


Experiences & Careers

Study Abroad and Internships

Students may broaden their knowledge in a number of ways. They can participate in relevant education abroad programs in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia; in any of a range of internships in fields such as museum curatorial work, archival preservation, and academic publishing; and in societies dedicated to recreating and examining material aspects of medieval life.

Career Directions

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Medieval Studies prepares the student for those careers which require a broad knowledge of the humanities, such as publishing, teaching, or museum curatorship, to list only a few examples. Many students combine a Medieval Studies major with a major such as art history, broadcasting, art, language and literature, political science or any of the liberal arts majors, or students may take courses in areas like economics, speech communication, and sociology. Training programs for museum or library work are also available to Medieval Studies students. Some occupations in which Medieval Studies graduates are employed include: archivist, attorney, fine arts, publishing, university professor, librarian, history teacher, and museum curator.

Graduate work is required for teaching at the college or university level. Former students in the Penn State major have continued their studies at such as Oxford, Catholic University, Bryn Mawr, St. Andrews, and Dublin. Many students continue their work in medieval studies or related fields like art, music, theatre, literature, history, or philosophy at the graduate level.

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