Undergraduate Minor:

The interdisciplinary minor in medieval and early modern studies requires eighteen hours, chosen from at least three different departments. Courses from the student’s major may count in the minor. Students are encouraged, but not required, to attend the six-week Summer Medieval Program at Oxford University in England, for which they receive 4.5 hours (two courses) which count toward the minor. (For details about application to the Oxford program, and possible financial aid, consult Gale Sigal in the English department.)


Graduate Certificate:

Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program In Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies for English and Religion MA students

  • Director: Herman Rapaport
  • Professors: Herman Rapaport, Gillian Overing, Gale Sigal, Ulrike Wiethaus, Stewart Carter, Mary Pendergraft
  • Associate Dean: Linda McKinnish Bridges
  • Associate Professors: Bernadine Barnes, Jefferson Holdridge, Olga Valbuena‐Hanson, Roberta Morosini, Judy Kem, Sol Miguel‐Prendes, Neal Walls, Michaelle Brower, Tina Boyer
  • Assistant Professors: Monique O’Connell, Charles Wilkins, Patrick Toner, Susan Harlan, Sarah Hogan

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 must complete all graduate requirements for for their disciplinary MA and may take undergraduate courses in any participating department towards the certificate. (There is a listing of courses offered across all departments under the Medieval Studies Minor program in the Undergraduate Bulletin). These courses may overlap with department graduate requirements but acquiring a certificate will require that students take extra course work beyond that for their disciplinary MA.

Students are required to take a minimum of four additional courses (12 semester credit hours) with a medieval and/or early modern focus; these courses should represent two different disciplinary fields in addition to that of the candidate’s home department. In consultation with the program director, one or more of these additional courses may be taken as directed reading or as medieval language courses. The graduate thesis must have a medieval and/or early modern focus, and the thesis committee should have at least two participating departments represented.

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 [see the Medieval Studies Minor in the Undergraduate Bulletin for details]). 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.