Medieval Studies


J. Givens, Art History
S. Einbinder, D. Hershenzon, S. Johnson, S. Miller, R. Travis, Literature, Culture and Languages
F. Biggs, R. Hasenfratz, F. Somerset, K. A. Tonry, English
D. Caner, S. Olson, History
A. Berthelot, French
F. Masciandaro, Italian
E. Rice, Music
D. Baxter, Philosophy.

Interdisciplinary work leading to the degrees of Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in medieval studies is offered by the Departments of Art and Art History, English, History, Modern and Classical Languages, and Philosophy. Since the program in medieval studies is intended to provide a synthesis of broad areas of medieval culture and thought as a basis for constructive research in specialized aspects of cultural and intellectual history, students normally are required to include in their programs courses offered by the supporting departments.

Admission to Degree Programs

The Medieval Studies Admissions Committee accepts students either to the master’s or Ph.D. program. An undergraduate major in the area of study is not necessarily required, but before admission students must give evidence of adequate preparation to work in their proposed area of emphasis.

The M.A. Program

Work leading to the degree of Master of Arts in medieval studies may be undertaken under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). In either case, course work in medieval studies should be distributed among several departments, and the student’s advisory committee is composed of representatives of three departments.

The Ph.D. Program

Approximately one half of the course work required for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in medieval studies should be in the department of emphasis, the remaining half to be taken in two or more other cooperating departments. In addition to the Graduate School’s requirements for the doctorate, reading examinations in three foreign languages, Latin and two languages significant to the student’s program. It is expected that the student will pass these examinations immediately upon admission and in no case later than the end of the first year of study in the Ph.D. program. The student’s advisory committee will consist of representatives of three different cooperating departments.

Courses of Study

Course offerings and staff are listed under the cooperating and supporting departments referred to above. The Committee for Medieval Studies organizes a number of colloquia open to graduate students, featuring staff members or visitors.


University Predoctoral Fellowships and graduate assistantships for teaching or research are available through cooperating departments for qualified students in the medieval studies program. Other support available for graduate students is described under “University Fellowships and Other Aid.”

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