The Medieval Studies Certificate

The Program

The Certificate Program 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 Program is fundamentally interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on course offerings in Art History and Architecture, Catalan, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, Italian, German, History, Japanese, Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Portuguese and Spanish.

All undergraduates are eligible, regardless of major. Upon the successful completion of the Program, students receive the Medieval Studies Certificate, which is recorded on their permanent transcript.


A minimum of 18 credits with a grade of B- or better in each course. No course may be taken Pass/Fail. The courses should ideally include at least one in history, one in a medieval literature, and one in another field of medieval studies. Ideally, the six courses taken for the Certificate should be taught in at least three departments.

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

Some of the required credits may be recognized from courses taken before transfer to UMass or from courses taken in any of the other Five Colleges. Special interdisciplinary courses will be offered periodically, in accordance with student demand, including Introduction to Medieval Studies.

Interested students should contact Michael Papio for further information and advising.