Pursue concentrated interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages to earn a certificate in medieval studies along with your major.
Current freshman to juniors. Seniors, with permission of the director.
Coursework: Medieval Studies 227 (The World of the Middle Ages), offered in alternate Falls, or an equivalent survey such as HUM 216/217, plus four courses on a medieval topic. Please consult with the Director about approved equivalents for the core course; students who have already taken a number of medieval courses may be permitted to waive the MED 227 requirement. Not all of the four departmental medieval courses may be in the same department, and one of them must be at the 400 level.
Thesis Colloquium: During the senior year, certificate students will meet regularly with the director to discuss their work in progress. These meetings may become more frequent in the spring, but are on average biweekly.
Language Requirement: Students should study an appropriate medieval or modern language, subject to the approval of the Program Director.
Independent Work: One junior paper and the senior thesis must be on a medieval topic. Students concentrating in the sciences or math may write an additional research paper (ca. 40 pages) to satisfy the thesis requirement.
Entering the Program
If you are thinking about obtaining this certificate upon graduation (or just thinking about how to develop your interest in the Middle Ages further), see the director, Helmut Reimitz, even in your freshman year and even if your general plan of study tends more toward the sciences than the humanities. There is a form to complete and we will put you on our mailing lists. When you select your departmental major, you can make or reaffirm your commitment as an official participant in the certificate program.
Maximize your course benefits: Students interested in earning multiple certificates in combination with Medieval Studies, such as European Cultural Studies or Humanistic Studies, can partially fulfill course requirements in multiple certificates by taking the HUM sequence (HUM 216-219).