Ace Gammon-Burnett

aceProgram: Medieval Studies

Year of Study: Four

Hometown: London, Ontario

Extra-Curricular Involvement: Vice President, History Society, Member, Creative Writing Club,  Actor, Fall Drama Production of Women Beware Women

Why did you choose Arts and Humanities at Western?

Having a world-renowned university, known for both teaching and research, right here in my hometown, was a wonderful opportunity that I simply could not pass up. Arts & Humanities offers an exceptional range of courses that allow for Undergraduates to explore a broad range of academic disciplines. Not only does this allow them to discover what fields of study they are passionate about, but also provides for a well-rounded education in which students develop critical thinking and practical research and writing skills. 

What is one highlight of your Western experience so far?

As the VP Academics for the UWO History Society I helped arrange a trip to go see an original copy of the Magna Carta, (a medieval document of huge importance to the development of English Common Law), while it was touring Canada. Being able to see such an important document with a group of like-minded scholars was definitely a magical experience. 

What are your plans after graduation?

I will be pursuing my academic interests at the Graduate level. 

What advice would you give to incoming Arts and Humanities students?

Take a broad range of classes, even from disciplines that you wouldn’t normally consider. Broaden your knowledge base and discover new interests. Also, take this opportunity to learn a new language! Arts & Humanities offers many introductory language classes, and these will prove invaluable to you if you decide to pursue Graduate research. 

What is the best thing about your program?

The greatest strength of the Medieval Studies program at Western is that it is by its nature interdisciplinary. In this program you will have the opportunity to take classes in disciplines such as English, History, Philosophy, Visual Arts History, Religious Studies, and Comparative Literature. The Middle Ages spanned from c. 500 - c.1500 C.E. and when you study them at Western you can explore a myriad of topics ranging from 13th century Scholastic philosophy, Anglo-Saxon epic poetry, the development of Gothic architecture, and so much more!