ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF MERIDIES
COLLEGE OF OMNES CREATURES
The College of Omnes Creatures (All Creatures), hereafter referred to as “the College”, exists to promote the development and study of the interaction of the medieval population with all living creatures. Our mission is to attempt to encourage the learning, teaching, creation, and all forms of interacting with living creatures, which are extremely varied in form. The College has three (3) main areas of interest: The Farm, The Hunt, and the Equestrian.
The scope of the College is not based on one specific facet of living with creatures in the Medieval World. It includes Animal Husbandry, representing all forms of Livestock; Equestrianism in all its varied forms including hunting, transportation, combat, hauling, and plowing; Hunting such as fishing, snaring, trapping, and includes the formal hunt with horses and hounds; and even bacteria that caused the Black Plague and other dread diseases. The studying, teaching, or creating of these organisms can take many forms including raising your own livestock, experimenting with bacteria (no dangerous diseases please), studying the manuals from the period, etc. Therefore, RUM classes could be held indoors or outdoors, in a classroom setting or in a field setting, or anything else the student may be interested in. Some ideas of the types of classes that would be included in the College are:
- Sheep Husbandry
- Equestrian First Aid
- Growing Chickens
- Wool in the Market Economy
- Mounted Combat
- The Hunt
- Greyhound Breeds
- The Lifecycle of Y. Pestis
- Breeding Rabbits for Wool and Meat
- Raising Cows
- Goat Husbandry
Please note, however, that the study of the end product of animal husbandry that is consumed, or the organisms for making mead, beer, etc., all fall under the College of Culinary Sciences. But we encourage the development of any classes that encompass any other subject regarding living creatures.
Course of Study
Scholar Degree Program
The Scholar Degree program is general and comprehensive. This program is intended to provide the student with a broad and basic familiarity with the Middle Ages and the SCA. The required courses are listed in the RUM Manual (cite where or do hyperlink), and cover both SCA subjects and general facets of medieval life. There are no required courses listed for the College, but we highly recommend that you take Role of the Horse in the Middle Ages as one of your electives in the Science area. Feel free to use other Omnes Creatures courses as your electives as well.
Lector Degree Program
The Lector Degree in Omnes Creatures builds upon the Scholars Program. It allows the student to focus on one or more areas of interest in the College. Classes are chosen by the student to fit the individual program of study. Ten (10) hours of additional classes chosen from the Omnes Creatures College are required. The selected courses can carry a theme (i.e. all based on the Hunt), or they can be of interest to the student. For example, a student who has completed the Scholars Degree and has taken ten (10 courses associated with the College would receive a Lector’s Degree in Omnes Creature.
Magister Degree Program
The candidate must:
- Choose an area of study. It may be based on a broader area of study such as all equestrian, farming, hunting, etc. Or it can be based on a very specific area of individual student interest such as sheep, classical dressage, etc.
- Teach five (5) separate classes in the chosen area of study.
- Submit a short paper suitable for publication in Seasons (Meridies’ Arts & Sciences newsletter).
- Complete a Master Project of the candidate’s choice. The Master Project may be based on existing work. However, it must represent original work and ideas and be totally executed by the student. The project may take any form. Master Projects must be cleared with the Dean of the College before initiation to ensure their feasibility.
Philosopher Degree Program
Any student completing five Magister Degrees in any area(s) of study and a Philosopher’s project will be granted a Philosopher’s degree. See the RUM Manual (page/hyperlink) for the various areas of study currently part of RUM. The Philosopher’s project must be similar in nature and design to the Magister Degree Project, and must be approved in advance by the Chancellor and the Dean of Academic Studies, and evaluated before graduation by the Graduate Review Board. Prospective Candidates may contact the Dean of the College for suggestions.
Local Collegia and local instructors are encouraged to teach classes from the School’s Curriculum at any opportunity which arises. Instructors must have students sign a Class Attendance Form and the form must be given to the Registrar before course credit can be applied to the students transcript.
Responsibilities and Duties of Staff
The Dean of the College is responsible for the upkeep of the roster of Instructors. Also they are the liaison between the populace and the instructors in order to provide classes at various events. The Dean shall provide guidance to students, instructors, and the populace in regards to the College. The Dean shall coordinate with the RUM staff in regards to the accrediting of classes. The Dean is responsible for approving all instructors and all classes toward the conveyance of a degree in the College.
The Deputy Dean of the College is responsible for helping the Dean in all activities. It is their responsibility to learn about the office as Deputy and be planning to take over the duties of Dean in the future.
Any person is welcome to submit a class they feel qualified to teach at RUM or any other event.