The Medieval Ages brought about many great and astonishing achievements, probably
the most important of these would be the University, an institute which has changed and bettered
itself over the past thousand or so years.
is derived from the Latin word
, meaning a corporation or guild, and referred to either a guild of teachers or a guild of
Students were able to learn many important subjects that they were unable to learn
by going into an apprenticeship or by what their parents were able to teach them.
University brought about many important aspects of human civilization: the ability for a person
to get a better education and possibly move up in life, the chance for social interaction between
students of differing backgrounds, and eventually the ability for one to realize his dreams.
In Medieval Universities, “student's initial studies at a medieval university centered
around the traditional liberal arts curriculum.”
There were basically two different areas of this
liberal arts curriculum: the trivium, included grammar, rhetoric and logic, and the quadrivium,
included arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music.
After these initial liberal arts studies, the
students were allowed to take classes in law, medicine, or theology, although these classes could
take up ten or more years after their initial liberal arts classes. The students of these universities
were required to learn Latin, so that the students from different parts of the Europe would be able
to learn in the same classes and communicate with each other.
There were no exams given after
a few classes, but instead when a student would apply for a degree, the student was given an oral
exam by a committee of teachers, usually after four or six years of study; whereas today, a
student could take three or more exams for each class that they have in a given semester.
Jackson J. Spielvogel,