Requirements for the Certificate in Medieval Studies

The Certificate in Medieval Studies is designed to encourage pursuit of interdisciplinary work among several departments.

Summary of the Requirements
Five courses (15 credits) in the medieval area, according to the following distributional requirements:

1. One of the following courses (3 credits) is required:

  • History 115: Medieval Europe 410-1500
  • History/Medieval Studies 215: Life in the Middle Ages
  • ILS 201: Western Culture: Science, Technology, Philosophy


2. Two courses (6 credits) from Category A: History, History of Science, Philosophy, and Political Science

3. Two courses from Category B: Languages, Literature, Visual Arts, and Music

Additionally, all certificate students must maintain a 3.0 minimum grade point average in the courses that count toward the Certificate.

Recommended Language Study
While language study is not required for the Certificate, all candidates are encouraged to enhance the work they can do in Medieval Studies by acquiring a reading knowledge of a modern or historical European language as early as possible. Studying Latin in addition is strongly recommended for those who plan to do graduate work in the field.

Undergraduate Advising
The Director serves as the undergraduate advisor for all students pursuing the Certificate in Medieval Studies. All courses not listed in the approved course listing must be approved by the advisor in order to count toward the Certificate. Students who have taken courses in the medieval area at other universities or while studying abroad may petition the advisor to approve those courses as substitutes for the Certificate, according to the above distributional requirements.

For further information or to sign up for the Certificate, contact the Director:

Professor Thomas Dale, Director of Medieval Studies,

Department of Art History,                                                                              Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room 203                                                              800 University Ave.                                                                          
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