Graduate Certificate

Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in
Medieval and Early Modern Studies

fairyOur Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program is designed to allow M.A. students in English, Religion, and the Divinity School both to broaden their knowledge of the medieval period and to focus their studies on the medieval period. The certificate combines programmatic interdisciplinary coursework, training in the technical skills of medieval studies, and linguistic preparation. We offer prospective and first‐year MA students this program in order to provide them with a competitive advantage in admission to doctoral programs. Students may be admitted to the MA Program when they are admitted to the graduate program in the department to which they apply by permission of the Directors or at any time during their first year.

Students are required to required to take a minimum of four additional courses (12 semester credit hours) with a medieval and/or early modern focus, preferably as MA course offerings, though independent study and advanced undergraduate courses may be taken as well (see below for list of approved courses). Courses must cover two different disciplinary fields in addition to that of the candidate’s home department. The graduate thesis must have a medieval and/or early modern focus, and the thesis committee should have at least two participating departments represented. Students in the program meet with an advisor each semester to work out the most efficient path towards fulfilling the certificate. This includes consultation in preparation for the MA thesis.

 

Art
English
French
German
German Studies
History
Honors
Italian
Religion
Spanish
Theatre
Art

ART 396B: Art History Seminar: Medieval and
                    Byzantine Art

English

ENG 305/605: Old English Language and Literature
ENG 308: Beowulf
ENG 310/610/710: The Medieval World
ENG 311/611/711: The Legend of Arthur
ENG 312/612/712: Medieval Poetry
ENG 313/613: Roots of Song
ENG 315/615/715: Chaucer
ENG 320/620: British Drama to 1642
ENG 323/623/723: Shakespeare
ENG 325/625: 16th-Century British Literature
ENG 326/626: Studies in English Renaissance Literature
ENG 327/627: Milton
ENG 328: 17th-Century British Literature
ENG 607: Dante I
ENG 608: Dante II

French

FRH 370/670: Seminar in French &
                         Francophone Studies          
                         (periodically offered in medieval studies)

German

GER 380: German Literature before 1700

German Studies

GES 345: History of the German Language
GES 391: Germanic Myths and Monsters

History

HST 311: Special Topics in History
                 (when topic is medieval)

Honors

HON 310: The Medieval World: Special Topics

Italian

ITA 329: Love, Gender, & Diversity in Italian Epic
ITA 340: Traveling with Muhammad and Dante
ITA 342: Boccaccio’s Decameron or “Sex in the City”:
               Rethinking Community in Medieval Florence

Religion

REL 368: Protestant and Catholic Reformations
REL 372/672: History of Christian Thought

Spanish

SPA 330: The Debate about Woman in Late
                 Medieval Spain
SPA 331: Medieval Spain: A Cultural and Literary
                 Perspective
SPA 332: The Golden Age of Spain
SPA 333: The Spain of Don Quijote
SPA 341: European-American Encounters,
                1492 to the Present

Theatre

THE 310: History of Western Theatre I
                 (Beginnings to 1642)

 

Our Certificate will generally not require more time to complete than the host MA program (but if a student does not complete the course work in the allotted time, fees may apply). While students working towards the Certificate are required to take four courses in Medieval and/or Early Modern beyond the standard requirements of the departmental MA, some of those additional courses may be taken as an overload during the academic years or during the summer. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for extramural fellowships to study one or more summers at the international sites where a medieval studies curriculum is available (e.g., St Peter’s College at Oxford). A final mechanism is to request approval from the relevant departmental graduate committee to apply two of the courses taken toward completion for the MA degree toward the certificate program with the addition of relevant course‐related materials.

Students pursuing the Certificate may avail themselves of many activities and opportunities including the Medieval Studies lecture series; the paper competition that rewards the winners with funding to the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University; the Gordon A. Melson Graduate Student Award in Medieval Studies, specifically awarded to an outstanding graduate student to attend the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University; the medieval studies summer program at St. Peter’s College, Oxford; the annual Wake Forest Medieval Studies Student Society Conference, a student‐organized interdisciplinary conference inviting participation from graduates and undergraduates from surrounding universities; the medieval section of the department’s library in the Archie Ammons English Department Faculty Lounge; the establishment of internships and fellowships for La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Spanish Language, Literature and Cultural Studies, edited by Professor Sol Miguel‐Prendes, a medievalist in the Romance Language department.