The Program

The Certificate in Medieval Studies offers undergraduate students the opportunity to receive recognition for their exploration of the rich diversity of medieval culture. It includes the historical, artistic, literary, and intellectual dimensions of a major formative period of Western civilization. The certificate is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on course offerings in Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, Italian, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, and Spanish and Portuguese. Its requirements promote the integration of a variety of perspectives into a broader understanding.

The certificate, which will be recorded on the student's transcript, is open to any undergraduate regardless of his or her major field.


A minimum of six courses (18 credits) with a grade of B- or better (no course may be taken Pass/Fail). The courses should include at least one in history, one in a medieval literature, and one in another field of medieval studies, in at least three departments.

Acquisition of a working knowledge of one medieval language and/or Latin is strongly recommended.

Two of the six courses may be by transfer of credits or Five College courses; special interdisciplinary courses will be offered periodically, including Introduction to Medieval Studies. Interested students should contact Robert Sullivan (German and Scandinavian Studies).