The Certificate Program in Medieval Studies offers courses and seminars for students interested in Art History, Comparative Literature, English, French, Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, and Theatre. Students who complete the interdisciplinary concentration receive a certificate in Medieval Studies.
The program enables students interested in medieval studies to broaden their knowledge of medieval culture and to pursue their interests in a more comprehensive context than that afforded by specialization in a single field. Since it emphasizes interdisciplinary research, the Medieval Studies program also encourages students to follow a pattern of studies that reflects the interdisciplinary conditions in which the works of the Middle Ages were created.
Resources for Research and Training
In addition to The Graduate Center’s Mina Rees Library, the student engaged in medieval studies enjoys the resources of over sixty libraries, museums, and collections in the Greater New York area that have special medieval materials. Among these are the New York Public Library, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (including the Cloisters), the American Numismatic Society, the Grolier Club of New York, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the General Theological Seminary. A student association, The Medieval Study, provides opportunities for the presentation of papers and for mutual exchange among students in the various disciplines. The program also sponsors a series of colloquia.
Special Requirements for the Certificate in Medieval Studies
Candidates for the certificate in Medieval Studies must already be enrolled in one of the programs at the Graduate Center. To earn the certificate, the student must take the following courses: MSCP 70100 Introduction to Medieval Studies, at least one Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies seminar (MSCP 80500), and at least two courses in disciplines other than the student’s own field of study. The student must also demonstrate reading proficiency in premodern Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or another language in use between 500-1500, selected on consultation with the MSCP coordinator.
The Medieval Studies Certificate Program
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