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Medieval University Paper

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1 Medieval Universities 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. “The word university is derived from the Latin word universitas , meaning a corporation or guild, and referred to either a guild of teachers or a guild of students.” 1 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. The Medieval 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.” 2 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. There 1 Jackson J. Spielvogel,
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