The United States is home to more than thirty different centers and institutes that promote medieval studies across the disciplines with conferences, workshops, publications and graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Focus here is given to institutions with a broad national or international aspect that work beyond the boundaries of their own own college or university to create a broader community of academic scholarship.
The Medieval Studies Program at the University of Connecticut offers coursework leading to the interdisciplinary degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Medieval Studies. The Medieval Studies Program was established over thirty-five years ago by Charles A. Owen, Jr., Fred Cazel, and Steve McGrade, professors of English, History, and Philosophy, respectively. UConn’s interdisciplinary Medieval Studies program is the only one of its kind at a public institution in the northeast which grants both the M.A. and the Ph.D.
The Medieval Studies Program at Yale University supports graduate fellowships, offers a fully developed selection of graduate courses, and sponsors lectures, colloquia, and special events throughout the academic year. The Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies bring truly outstanding medievalists to campus.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at UF is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of medieval and early modern European culture and its influences on the modern world. This approach addresses the distinctive forms of cultural organization in the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods; the study necessarily crosses departmental boundaries.
The Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: (617) 552-0436
The Institute sponsors speakers programs and a faculty-student seminar to investigate new areas of medieval philosophical and theological research, and runs a research center to assist in the publication of monographs and articles in the diverse areas of medieval philosophy and theology. The research center also encourages the translation of medieval sources and the editing of philosophical and theological texts.
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program provides students with a broad introduction to the development of Western civilization from the end of antiquity to the 17th century. It is founded on the principle that an interdisciplinary perspective is the most profitable way to gain an understanding of the formation of early modern Europe.
In order to develop a multifaceted picture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, all students select one of two core courses in history, and they are encouraged to explore a variety of disciplinary perspectives provided by various national literatures, fine arts and philosophy. The exact balance of these approaches depends on a student’s interest. The program offers a useful complement to many concentrations, and it is a good foundation for graduate study in a variety of fields.
The Standing Committee on Medieval Studies exists in order to promote and coordinate work on medieval subjects throughout the University, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. As a program committee within the Faculty of Arts and Science, it mounts a number of undergraduate and graduate courses each year, and coordinates a Secondary Field in Medieval Studies for PhD students and a Secondary Field in Medieval Studies for undergraduates. Although Harvard offers no PhD specificially in Medieval Studies, the committee has the authority to administer interdisciplinary PhDs in liaison with a regular departmental program. Working in cooperation with the graduate student Medieval Society, it also sponsors events and activities of interest to medievalists.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies
P.O. Box 2300
Amherst, MA 01004
The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies is an internationally leading center for the study of the culture and achievements of the Renaissance period (1400-1700). It is home to the scholarly journals English Literary Renaissance and The Sidney Journal.
The Program includes faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students from almost all of the Humanities departments at the University, and faculty and visiting members of the Institute for Advanced Study. The Program in Medieval Studies offers a Certificate in Medieval Studies for A.B. students, and sponsors several colloquia, seminars, and a conference for graduate students.
Founded in 1966, Binghamton University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) initially built its international reputation on its contributions to interdisciplinary research on the European Middle Ages and early Renaissance. The Center organized the first of many conferences in 1967 and began publishing their proceedings in 1974 in the journal Acta.
In 1975 CEMERS started publishing the interdisciplinary journal Mediaevalia, which continues to enjoy a circulation world-wide. In 1977, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, it established the Medieval Studies Program for undergraduates, which allowed Binghamton University students to build an interdisciplinary major or minor under the supervision of the Center’s Director. A Graduate Certificate Program in Medieval Studies was established shortly thereafter. In 1978, the Center launched MRTS, the Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies series which, in association with CEMERS, published over 150 volumes between 1978 and 1996.
City University of New York
The Medieval Studies Certificate Program
365 Fifth Avenue
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (212) 817-8124
Fax: (212) 817-1528
Email Assistant Program Officer, Mary Frisque: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of the Middle Ages at the Graduate School and University Center may undertake an interdisciplinary concentration in Medieval Studies available to anyone enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Art History, Comparative Literature, English, French, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, or Theatre. Students who complete the requirements of the interdisciplinary concentration receive, when the Ph.D. in the major field is conferred, a Certificate in Medieval Studies.
Interdepartmental Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
602 Philosophy Hall (attn: Alan Stewart) MC 4927
New York, NY 10027
Columbia University offers undergraduate, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Medieval & Renaissance Studies, taught by the affiliated faculty of the Interdepartmental Committee on Medieval & Renaissance Studies. There are numerous lectures, special interest groups, concerts, and other activities organized by programs affiliated with Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Columbia University.
The Graduate Program in Medieval Studies at Cornell University has been in existence for over 40 years. It was founded in 1966 to enable students to pursue a degree in Medieval Studies that would provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the Middle Ages from an interdisciplinary perspective.
The Medieval Studies program was founded in 1971 to promote the interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Fordham. By the late 1970s, the program had grown to include an undergraduate element and was housed in the Center for Medieval Studies, which has become one of Fordham’s most active and well-known centers of advanced study. The integrated interdisciplinary approach to the Middle Ages is a natural extension of Fordham’s long-standing commitment to the study of this crucial historical period, which has attracted some of the University’s most distinguished faculty and students. Through such activities as its lecture series, annual conferences, web sites, newsletters, regular social gatherings, and participation in the New York City Doctoral Consortium, the Center for Medieval Studies provides a community of scholarship for all those interested in the middle ages.
Digital projects at Fordham’s CMS include:
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Online Medieval Sources Bibliography
The French of England
The French of Italy
The French of Outremer
The Latin Works of John Wyclif
Society for Beneventan Studies
The Venerable Blog
The International Center of Medieval Art was formed are to promote and encourage the study, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts of the Middle Ages produced in Europe, the Mediterranean region, and the Slavic world, during the period between ca. 300 and ca. 1500 C.E. ; and to this end to sponsor and otherwise support study, teaching, conferences, exhibitions, displays, and publications devoted to medieval art and culture.
The Medieval and Renaissance Center (MARC) promotes interdisciplinary learning and research in the history, institutions, languages, literatures, thought, faith, art, and music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The Center offers an undergraduate academic program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, a series of evening events that bring eminent medievalists and early modernists to the NYU campus, an annual conference each Spring, and it also supports both undergraduate and graduate student associations. Its largest aim is to provide an intellectual center for medieval and early modern studies at NYU, fostering collaboration and scholarly conversation, drawing not only on the university’s own outstanding resources, but on the superb libraries, museums, and collections in the New York area.
Convivium Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
515 Loudon Rd
Loudonville NY 12211-1492
Phone: (518) 783-2325
Fax: (518) 782-6548
Email Karen Sonnelitter: email@example.com
Founded in 1999, Convivium is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural academic center focused on the study of medieval and early modern life, in association with a range of departments and programs at Siena College, an independent liberal arts college that follows the Franciscan tradition. The Center’s activities cover a period roughly from 400 C.E., the fall of the Roman Empire, to 1700 C.E. Convivium offers students the opportunity to do individual research and to take courses with faculty who are nationally active in medieval and early modern studies across a variety of disciplines. Convivium also fosters a regional community of teacher-scholars, attracts visiting fellows and scholars to Siena, enriches Siena’s Library, and sponsors an annual conference and a program of publications.
The Franciscan Institute was originally founded as an international center of research on the Franciscan intellectual tradition with the highest standards of scholarly production.
TEAMS was originally founded as a committee of the Medieval Academy of America to develop new ways to support the teaching activities of its members. It was later re-organized as an independent nonprofit educational corporation whose mission continues to be the support of teaching in medieval studies at the undergraduate, secondary, and elementary school level through the provision of resources and the sharing of techniques.
The TEAMS Middle English Texts are published for TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages) in association with the University of Rochester by Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The texts are made available on space donated by the University of Rochester Library by permission of the Executive Committee of TEAMS and The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University.
See the rubric Middle English Texts for more information.
Duke University has been a major center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for over fifty years. Duke University collaborates on many projects with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in the Joint Program for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Throughout this history, Duke University has established itself as an important international center for interdisciplinary medieval and Renaissance studies. The University has over forty distinguished faculty in ten different departments. All faculty participate in the University Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, which is the academic unit of the Center. The program itself offers an undergraduate major and minor within Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, and a certificate of graduate study within the Graduate School. The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies also publishes The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
552 Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3195
Phone: (919) 962-1109
Fax: (919) 962-1143
Email Coordinator Nancy Gray Schoonmaker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 2007 with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at UNC-Chapel Hill forms an interdisciplinary community of scholars and students, featuring more than sixty faculty members across ten departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined by dozens of graduate students working in premodern fields and undergraduates pursuing the MEMS minor.
MEMS first emerged from Chapel Hill’s traditional strengths in the study of the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and other early modern fields, ranging from Shakespeare to Baroque art, from the crusades to the seventeenth-century wars of religion, from medieval Latin philosophers to the French thinkers of the Enlightenment. Recognizing and valuing the contributions of medieval and early modern Europe to the origins of what is commonly called Western civilization, the MEMS program seeks to support and enhance our understanding of the premodern world in its European context from the fragmentation of the Roman Empire through the eighteenth century.
In addition to supporting the research and writing of faculty and graduate students, the MEMS program hosts numerous lectures, seminars, and conferences at UNC-Chapel Hill, elevating the university’s profile for scholarship on the medieval and early modern eras. In addition, the program has forged collaborative international links with equivalent programs at King’s College London and the Freie Universität in Berlin.
Pennsylvania State University
Center for Medieval Studies
S 327 Burrowes Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Email Program Director Benjamin Hudson: email@example.com
Email Asst. Director Steven Walton: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Medieval Studies at Penn State promotes research and study in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500) across different departments and colleges through conferences, symposia, colloquia, and publications. Allied to scholarship is our quest to enhance public appreciation of medieval studies through a variety of outreach programs. The Center is similarly committed to promoting the place of medieval studies on the curriculum at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Brown’s Program in Medieval Studies currently offers two concentrations: medieval cultures and late antique cultures. A concentration in medieval cultures focuses on the sixth through the fifteenth centuries and combines interdisciplinary perspectives on this period with in-depth study of one or two related disciplines. Late antique cultures deals with the third through the ninth centuries, when ancient cultural forms were still in place but medieval cultures were beginning to take shape simultaneously.
The Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies at CUA offers a meeting point and active scholarly community for researchers and students of the medieval period. It involves over forty faculty members from various schools and departments and offers an interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Byzantine Studies both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Medieval Studies Program and Center for Medieval Philosophy
Washington, DC 20057
Phone (202) 687-8260
The Medieval Studies Program at Georgetown University offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor and major focused on the period from roughly the fall of Rome (5th century A.D.) to the year 1500. The Program’s faculty and courses are drawn from 16 different disciplines within the University, with predominant emphasis on the interrelations among art, history, philosophy, and literature. The Center for Medieval Philosophy promotes the study of scholastic medieval philosophy at Georgetown University and in the greater international academic community and supports the work of emerging scholars who demonstrate a passion for the discipline. The Center supports innovative post-doctoral research projects through the granting of one or two fellowships each year.
George Washington University’s MEMSI brings the study of early Europe within a global perspective to students (from undergraduate to doctoral), teachers and researchers, and an interested public. It provides research opportunities and a community of scholars for the Washington, D.C. area.
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is administered by the Humanities Program. Undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue an interdisciplinary minor exploring all aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This minor is especially beneficial as a complement to such major fields of study as Classics, English, World Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy, Music, Art and Architecture. The MRST program also encourages interdepartmental exchanges among graduate students and faculty.
Medieval Studies has long been one of the outstanding strengths of Loyola University Chicago. The Medieval Studies Committee was formed in 1991 to promote contact among medievalists in several departments. The key to the envisioned community of scholarship was an interdisciplinary lecture series, which would bring specialists in the year’s chosen theme to Loyola. The lecture series was so successful in building community among Loyola’s medievalist faculty and graduate students that it led to the creation of the Medieval Studies minor in 1995-1996; the committee was renamed the Medieval Studies Program to acknowledge its academic status. Recently, it was again renamed the Medieval Studies Center (MSC) to indicate its more wide-ranging activities. Plans to expand both the academic side and the activities side of the program are in progress. While the MSC does not yet offer graduate degrees in Medieval Studies, our graduate students in various departments benefit from the close interaction among the departments and the stimulation of a wide medievalist community including connections with the Newberry Library and its Center for Renaissance Studies.
The Center for Renaissance Studies is organized as a consortium of 49 universities across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom (see a list of current members). Faculty and graduate students from member institutions may apply for travel funding to attend any Center for Renaissance Studies program, to do research at the Newberry Library, or to attend programs or do research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. A consortium committee at each member school considers applications and awards funds.
The medieval studies concentration offers undergraduates a course of study in medieval culture and civilization. Students in any baccalaureate degree program who have at least sophomore standing and a GPA of 2.00 or better can complete the requirements for a concentration in medieval studies by selecting their general education and elective courses . Students in medieval studies must register with one of the coordinators of medieval studies for approval of the program of study.
University of Chicago
Program in Medieval Studies
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Wieboldt 205, University of Chicago
1050 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Email Daisy Delogu: email@example.com
The undergraduate Program in Medieval Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor that allow students to explore the history, philosophy, theology and cultural production of the Middle Ages in an integrated and nuanced fashion, through engagement with a diverse array of textual and material artifacts.
The Institute administers area certificates and minors in Medieval Studies, coordinates an active schedule of events and colloquia open to the public, and promotes interdisciplinary work among the many Indiana faculty and students engaged in medieval studies.
Founded in 1970, the interdepartmental program coordinates things medieval and renaissance at Purdue. These include an undergraduate major and minor and two interdisciplinary courses. MARS hosts the Fall Symposium, in which two distinguished scholars are invited to speak, and it organizes two graduate conferences: the Comitatus Conference for Medieval Studies (usually in February), and the Renaissance Prose Conference (usually in November). Now in its second decade, "MARS Mondays" is a lunch-time lecture series featuring talks by faculty and students that meets typically four times in the Fall and Winter semesters. MARS also cooperates with other IDIS programs such as Comparative Literature and Literature and Film and it is active in Medieval Academy’s CARA (Committee on Centers and Regional Associates). It also sponsors two awards for the best papers on medieval and renaissance topics at the annual Literary Awards contest.
Founded in 1946, The Institute coordinates the teaching and research of the largest contingent of medievalists of any North American university. Faculty and students explore together the cultures and experiences of the peoples of the Arab, Jewish, Latin, and Orthodox medieval worlds. The Institute sponsors lectures, conferences, and publications.
University of Michigan
Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Department of History
University of Michigan
1029 Tisch Hall
435 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Phone: (734) 763-2066
Fax: (734) 647-4881
MEMS is an interdisciplinary program, with students and faculty from many departments and degree programs across the university. Among similar programs nationally and internationally, the University of Michigan’s program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is distinctive because of its global conception—embracing work on the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas as well as Europe, the traditional focus of MEMS scholarship. We cover a similarly broad temporal range, from ca. 500 CE to 1800 CE, that is, late antiquity through the Industrial Revolution (in the European context) and encourage exploration of the cultural range of this period in and across other geographic regions.
The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University was established in 1962 as a center of instruction and research in the history and culture of the Middle Ages. Its pioneering function then was to introduce the first Master of Arts in Medieval Studies offered at a state-supported university in the United States. The Institute fosters research through the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies and the Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research. Medieval Institute Publications publishes series of books, journals, monographs, and critical editions of texts.
Western Michigan University
Institute of Cistercian Studies
201E Walwood Hall
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5415
Phone: (269) 387-8920
Fax: (269) 387-8390
The Institute of Cistercian Studies exists to encourage and facilitate research on the history and content of the Cistercian tradition. Founded in 1973 as a cooperative venture by Western Michigan University and Cistercian Publications Inc., the Institute sponsors an annual Cistercian Studies Conference, held in conjunction with the International Congress on Medieval Studies sponsored by The Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University.
The Center for Medieval Studies (CMS), founded in 1988, encourages collegial interaction, scholarly collaboration, and community outreach among faculty and graduate students in all areas of medieval studies. To further these activities the Center offers courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, organizes formal colloquia and informal workshops around specific themes, sponsors guest lectures by local, national and international scholars, organizes conferences on selected interdisciplinary themes, edits conference proceedings and other publications, facilitates graduate and undergraduate student groups, seeks internal and external funding for program development and faculty and student research, works with schools and other educational organizations, and maintains and develops a Medieval Studies library.
Drawing on the fields of art, architecture, history, religion, philosophy, and literature, students and faculty will concentrate on the time period in European history from 500 to 1500 C.E. The Medieval & Renaissance Studies Minor reflects the interdisciplinary approach of the liberal arts tradition, allowing students to integrate a wide range of disciplines into the knowledge of a single historical period-the Middle Ages.
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies supports, coordinates, and promotes the extraordinary array of scholars, students, and resources devoted to medieval and early modern research at Saint Louis University. One of the largest in America, the Center is home to more than fifty full-time faculty members. By supporting students, conferences, speakers, fellowships, library acquisitions, and professorships the Center enriches the intellectual environment for medievalists and early modernists on campus and across the region.
University of Missouri
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program
c/o Department of English
114 Tate Hall, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-6421
Fax: (573) 882-5785
Email Autumn Dolan: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program seeks to promote the past as vibrant intellectual subject of study. It is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary work within departments; to building connections between departments; and to bringing MU in contact with nationally recognized medieval and Renaissance scholars.
We are a growing and dynamic group of students and faculty who share an interest in these two fascinating periods. On this website you will find links to resources in eleven separate departments, as well as events and programs that bring these departments together, from interdisciplinary minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to professional meetings, campus events, social gatherings, and links to resources outside the university.
The Center was founded in 1965 and continues to host annual conferences and lecture series and to provide funding for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research. Ohio State University is also host to the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) and the Research Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, which hold millions of folia of manuscript material on microform from more than 100 different private, museum, and library collections in dozens of countries.
Ohio State University
Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies
119 Thompson Library
1858 Neil Avenue Mall
Columbus OH, 43210-1286
Phone: (614) 292-0634
Fax: (614) 688-8417
Emai Hilandar Research Libraryl: email@example.com
Founded in 1984, the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), a center of the College of Arts and Sciences, is dedicated to the promotion of medieval Slavic studies. It is associated with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and together they provide broad interdisciplinary research and academic opportunities for students, graduate students, faculty, and visiting researchers.
RCMSS has close ties and shares space with the Hilandar Research Library (HRL). Both developed as an outgrowth of the original Hilandar Research Project (1969-1982). RCMSS is a non-national oriented center that promotes Cyrillic-based research. The Center strives to accomplish its goals through the support of HRL preservation and access activities, research, stipends and travel, occasional acquisitions of HRL materials, publication support, and sponsoring conferences, lectures, workshops, etc.
University of Toledo
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
College of Language, Literature and Social Sciences
University Hall 3160
Toledo, OH 43606
Phone: (419) 530-2164
Fax: (419) 530-2157
This humanities major provides interdisciplinary study of the Medieval and Renaissance civilizations including the Western World, the Byzantine and Islamic worlds, and Late Greco-Roman and Christian Antiquity. It offers formal courses and many possibilities for independent study in art history, English, foreign languages and literature, history, music, philosophy, religion and theatre. The chairperson of the Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies serves as the academic adviser.
The center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies brings together interested faculty and students from the University of Oklahoma who specialize in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The nine-member Steering Committee includes faculty and students from the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Fine Arts. Over the past several years our focus has been on bringing speakers of interest to our campus.
University of Tennessee
Medieval Studies Program and the MARCO Project (Medieval and Renaissance Curriculum and Outreach)
McClung Tower, third floor
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone : 865-974-6954
The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies evolved out of the very successful interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to the establishment of the Institute, the university already had a long-standing impressive record of attracting accomplished scholars in this field and building important library collections, particularly in the medieval period, and the Institute’s creation provided a physical and academic center for these efforts in scholarship, education, outreach and faculty development.
In December of 2003, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) issued a highly competitive Challenge Grant to aid the newly created Marco Institute in its upward trajectory to national recognition and excellence. The fundraising program was completed in the summer of 2008, and has provided a $3 million endowment for the Institute to help ensure Marco’s place as the center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in the Southeast.
Rice University’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies major offers students the opportunity to study a variety of often interrelated medieval civilizations: European, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian, from the 4th to the 16th centuries. Our global and interdisciplinary program draws on a broad range of critical approaches and eleven departments - Anthropology, Art History, Classics, English, French Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Music, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
Southern Methodist University
Medieval Studies Program
3225 University Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75275-0432
Phone: (214) 768-2949
Fax: (214) 768-1234
Ranging from the 4th century A.D. to 1485, from Celtic Britain to Visigothic and Islamic Spain, Byzantium to Persia and the Caliphate, from script to print, from feast to fast, from fine arts to liberal arts, from Augustine to Saladin and beyond; this program offers an intense and condensed liberal education. Studies reveal how the historical shapes, institutional structures, literary visions and artistic forms that emerged from the Middle Ages have colored our concepts of God, society, self, love, individualism and success.
The Medieval Studies Program affords the student an opportunity for a “classically” liberal education within a broad subset of “Western” (Celtic, Franconic, Italic, Germanic, Visigothic) and “non-Western” (Byzantine, Islamic, Persian) contexts. It is appropriate for preprofessional training in multiple fields, ranging from business to religious studies and from biology to music theory and foreign languages and literatures. It can also lead to graduate work in medieval studies or (more usually) in such disciplines as literature, history and art/music history.
Texas Tech University
Medieval & Renaissance Studies Center
Foreign Languages Building 207
2910 18th St
Lubbock, TX 79409-2071
Phone: (806) 742-3145
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center (MRSC) is dedicated to the advancement of Medieval and Renaissance studies at Texas Tech, in the State of Texas, and in the lands beyond. It currently supervises a graduate certificate program in medieval and Renaissance studies, provides some conference participation support for students working in these areas, and sponsors guest lectures and other activities related to medieval and Renaissance studies. Whereas traditional academic programs are organized to support their own specific perspectives and programs, the Center seeks to unite faculty and students interested in medieval and Renaissance area studies that transcend disciplinary boundaries. It seeks is to enhance campus, state, and national knowledge about Texas Tech programs already in place. The Center, approved in 2011, is located administratively within the College of Arts and Sciences but is also funded in part by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
The interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is a program, requiring 18 semester hours, that aims to allow students the opportunity to discover and re-examine knowledge about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and to teach students how to employ a variety of methods of historical and theoretical analysis as models for such scholarship.
The program provides students an opportunity to explore and excel at the highest academic level in an area of study they are passionate about. Courses and the faculty who teach them bring together a wide variety of interests and knowledge from a broad range of academic departments which provide students in the minor a true interdisciplinary experience.
Medieval Studies is a graduate program at the University of Texas that draws upon the strengths of distinguished faculty in fifteen academic units in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Fine Arts. The program is one of the partners spearheading three multi-institutional collaborations of scholars, universities, centers, and institutes that aim to study, teach, and research an interconnected world from 500 to 1500 CE : the Global Middle Ages Project (GMAP), the Mappamundi online learning community, and the Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the Middle Ages (SCGMA).
Medieval Studies Minor
1250 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Director Lezlie Knox: (no email available)
The interdisciplinary minor in medieval studies integrates courses in English, foreign languages, literature, history, philosophy, and theology to introduce students to the major movements and achievements of the Latin Christian West from approximately A.D. 500 to 1500.
University of Wisconsin at Madison
The Program in Medieval Studies
Department of History
4005 Mosse Humanities
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-1830
Fax: (608) 263-5302
Email Director Karl Shoemaker: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medieval Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers an interdisciplinary environment for the pursuit of knowledge relating to the Middle Ages, a period spanning Late Antiquity to roughly 1500. Representing faculty from over 18 departments, we offer courses and certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Program also sponsors events and conferences on topics of interest both to the university and to the community at large.
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 874402
Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
Lattie F. Coor Hall, 4th Floor (Rooms 4426 - 4442)
Phone: (480) 965-5900
Fax: (480) 965-1681
Contact Form: https://acmrs.org/contact
The founder of the ACMRS was Jean R. Brink of the English Department at Arizona State University (ASU), along with Fredi Chiappelli, then Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA. Together they persuaded the Arizona Board of Regents to establish an organized research unit dedicated to stimulating the multi- and interdisciplinary exploration of medieval and Renaissance culture from roughly A.D. 400 to A.D. 1700. The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) was born officially in 1981, and since then, it has coordinated programs at ASU, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. This tri-university structure both serves as an instrument for enhancing cooperation among the three state universities and distinguishes ACMRS among other such centers in North America.
University of Arizona
The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies
Douglass Bldg. Room 315
P.O. Box 210028
Tucson, AZ 85721-0028
Phone: (520) 621-1284
Fax: (520) 621-5444
The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies at The University of Arizona is the center for post-graduate study of the epoch of transition between medieval and early-modern Europe, 1300-1600. Reuniting three fields—late medieval, Reformation, and early modern history—which in the European tradition were long separated along confessional lines, the Division promotes graduate research transcending these demarcations. At the same time, it encompasses social, political, religious, economic, and cultural developments in early modern Europe.
The Division was founded in 1989 under the Directorship of Professor Heiko A. Oberman (†2001), Luther biographer and winner of the 1996 Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for History, who was formerly appointed at the University of Tübingen and Harvard Divinity School. In less than a decade the Division achieved a reputation among the top institutions in the world for Reformation study.
University of Arizona
University of Arizona Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Committee
Department of German Studies
301 Learning Services Building
P.O. Box 210105
Tucson, AZ 85721-0105
Phone: (520) 621-7385
Fax: (520) 626-8268
Email Prof. Albrecht Classen: email@example.com
The Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Committee sponsors symposiums.
California State University, Long Beach
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-2403
Email Fall Director Lloyd Kermode: firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Spring Director Martine van Elk: email@example.com
The CSULB Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies seeks to advance the interdisciplinary study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, by offering an environment for academic exchange. The Center’s events are open to scholars at CSULB and beyond, students of any discipline, and to interested individuals from outside the university. The CMRS sponsors a regular lecture series featuring speakers from on and off campus. We organize special seminars or workshops and regularly host the CSU Shakespeare Symposium. The Center also offers courses on a wide range of medieval and Renaissance issues, supports faculty research, and is associated with most of the local and national societies relevant to research in these fields, while sponsoring panels at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo and at meetings of the Renaissance Society of America. The CMRS has established interdisciplinary programs that offer students interested in these periods the opportunity to pursue a course of study leading to a Minor or a Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Courses that are used to meet the certificate requirements may be counted, where applicable, toward the General Education requirements, the major, and minor requirements.
The Institute for Antiquity and Christianity is an interdisciplinary center for basic research into the origins of Western Civilization: the ancient Near East, the classical cultures of Greece and Rome, and the emergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The mandate of the Institute is to instigate advanced research directed by experts in their fields of study, in cooperation with international teams of scholars. From time to time Visiting Scholars from North America and abroad are in residence to pursue their research with leadership in research and offer graduate students valuable insights into the world of scholarship beyond the classroom. The Institute carries out its mission through publications, educational programs, conferences, exhibits, and participation in international scholarly discourse, both to advance knowledge of the cultures, religions, and texts investigated through the Projects and to enrich public understanding and appreciation.
They also host the Claremont Consortium for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Santa Clara University
Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara
Kenna Hall 209
Phone: (408) 551-3000 x4264
Email Program Director Brian Buckley: firstname.lastname@example.org
The minor in Medieval and Renaissance studies offers students from all departments a cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary program of study in Europe’s Middle Ages and Renaissance. These periods lay on the edge of modernity, when the distinctive characteristics of the contemporary would began to form and when major new connections were made between Europe and Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, and the Americas. Study of these periods from many different points of view affords an opportunity to gain valuable perspectives on the ways that Medieval and Renaissance persons, events, and institutions helped to shape the modern world. Completion of the minor is noted on the student’s transcript, and students receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment.
Stanford CMEMS is a multidisciplinary community working together to reveal new perspectives on medieval and early modern studies. The mission of CMEMS is to promote innovative research and foster lively dialogue and debate among faculty, students, librarians, and interested participants. We aim to nurture the dynamic engagement with these rich and rewarding earlier periods of such literary, cultural, social and historical importance.
Our faculty and students draw from a wide range of disciplines: art and architecture; literature and languages; music; philosophy; religious studies; and economic, social, and political history. Their interests bridge Western, Islamic, and Asian cultures and encompass both traditional and innovative materials and methods. For undergraduates, the Program in Medieval Studies offers an interdisciplinary core course and options for majors and minors. For graduate students, the Program sponsors a team-taught practicum in materials and methods, as well as regular workshops and events co-sponsored with the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS).
The Medieval Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley is an interdisciplinary group that coordinates and sponsors lectures, events, and visiting professorships, promotes scholarly interests common to medievalists of different academic departments, and communicates information of interest among them. The Committee on Medieval Studies offers a Concurrent Ph.D. program in which candidates have both a home department and training in the core disciplines of Medieval Studies. The Program also offers an undergraduate minor in Medieval Studies.
The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at Davis offers students with interests in the period 400-1750 CE the opportunity to take courses across a range of disciplines, with an emphasis on Europe but attention to other world cultures during that time. Students can major, minor, or simply take core classes offered by the program itself, as well as choosing from relevant classes in a variety of departments and disciplines. The program also coordinates with the Medieval Research Consortium and the Early Modern Studies Cluster, two groups that invite speakers to campus and hold other events of interest to medievalists and early modernists. We welcome inquiries about the Program and its affiliated groups.
University of California, Los Angeles
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
302 Royce Hall
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485
Phone: (310) 825-1880
Fax: (310) 825-0655
The UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural studies of the period from Late Antiquity to the middle of the seventeenth century. CMRS sponsors and co-sponsors lectures, seminars, and conferences, and hosts visiting professors, post-doctoral scholars, and other visiting researchers. The journal Viator is edited and published annually by CMRS, as is the graduate-student journal, Comitatus. A range of books and monographs have also been published under the Center’s aegis. CMRS assists scholars, students, and the larger community to acquire a deeper understanding of issues rooted in the past that continue to resonate in our contemporary world.
Current research projects hosted at UCLA CMRS include :
Medieval Canon Law : Corpus Juris Canonici
Old Norse Digital Web
Rouse Manuscript Collection
St Gall Virtual Reality
A Viking Landscape: the Mosfell Archaeological Project
Minor in Medieval Studies
14 East Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The social, intellectual, and artistic development of medieval Europe. Emphasis on the interaction of cultural elements in Latin Christendom. Comparative study of earlier and later Western as well as contemporary Byzantine and Islamic experiences. Five units minimum.
The Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder is founded on the convictions that the period from c. 400 to c. 1800, conceived in a global context, is a dynamic cultural continuum and ever-evolving system ; that study of both periods in tandem sheds new light on each; and that the unity and diversity of the premodern world can be understood and appreciated only from an interdisciplinary perspective. Medieval and Early Modern Studies therefore crosses boundaries of period, nation, language and discipline, and the center’s prime function is to facilitate and encourage interdepartmental study and teaching.
The University of New Mexico offers a variety of Medieval Studies programs dedicated to university and civic outreach, as well as to the enrichment of scholarship, teaching, and research in the civilizations of medieval Europe and its neighbors from 500-1500. Through undergraduate and graduate degree programs, special student opportunities, and advanced research activities, UNM’s Medieval Studies programs are committed to furthering the transmission and preservation of our rich heritage from the Middle Ages.
The depth of historical and cultural knowledge students gain with a Medieval Studies major or minor are similar to the benefits of any humanities major or minor, with the added benefit of focusing on the timely issues of Euro-Middle Eastern religious conflict, cooperation, and debate with a deeply historical perspective.
Our program offers students an extensive curricula which includes the Christian, Judaic and Islamic Middle Ages, as well as courses in feudal Japanese culture and East Asian Art and religious traditions. It is one of only a handful of programs at the University of Oregon that requires students to take courses in a variety of departments, from philosophy to music, and integrate knowledge into a cross-disciplinary grounding in a subject. It involves students in the depth of history and challenges them to analyze problems with more than one culture and time period in view.
Brigham Young University
MARS (BYU Medieval and Renaissance Study Group)
The interdisciplinary BYU Medieval and Renaissance Study Group coordinates events and bi-annual lectures, organized by the faculty at BYU.
The Area Studies Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies offers undergraduates and graduates at Utah State University the exceptional opportunity for interdisciplinary scholarship on the history and culture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The certificate program complements many majors, ranging from art history to philosophy. Many graduate and professional schools recognize the rigor of undergraduate work in this area. Certificate program, no major, no minor offered.