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The Certificate in Medieval Studies

A student qualifies for the Certificate in Medieval Studies upon conferral of the Ph.D. by completing the following courses:

  • MSCP 70100: Introduction to Medieval Studies 
  • Two courses with medieval topics outside the home Ph.D. Program; for example, a Ph.D. student in medieval history might take a course in medieval literature offered by any of the five language and literature programs, or a course in the history of medieval music
  • MSCP 80500: Interdisciplinary Seminar. At least one seminar is offered each year. Topics have included the Bible in the Middle Ages, Orality and Literacy in the Middle Ages, Western Islam in the Middle Ages, and Medieval Drama. Medieval Studies seminars qualify as courses outside the home program, so that a student might offer as many as three seminars in fulfillment of the course requirements for the certificate.

In addition, candidates for the certificate

  • demonstrate an ability to read Latin by passing the Latin exam set by the home Ph.D. Program; by completing Introduction to Latin Literature with a grade of B or better; or by passing a Latin exam set by the Certificate Program 

A student who has questions about fulfilling the requirements for the Medieval Studies Certificate should consult with the Coordinator, Professor Sara McDougall or the Assistant Program Officer.