Medieval Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Studying the global Middle Ages will open new perspectives on the global present, provide you with a foundation for future study in the humanities, and encourage you to integrate the disciplines of literature, history and the arts in your studies.

Program Description

Certificate Awarded: Medieval Studies (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate in medieval studies is a transdisciplinary program that provides intensive engagement for graduate students with the global period between c. 500 and c. 1500 CE; investigation of cultural activities and cultural interactions seen in this period in art history, history, languages, literature, music and religion; and studies in the variety of theoretical approaches to understanding these activities and interactions in the Middle Ages. This program builds on the strengths of ASU by taking advantage of the breadth of interdisciplinary offerings in the study of the Middle Ages here.

These areas of emphasis enable students to gain expertise in practical and theoretical knowledge of the field of medieval studies and to engage in developing new models for the continued study of this time period. Students also develop an understanding of intercultural intersections and transdisciplinary approaches to medieval studies, as well as receive advanced training and mentorship in disciplines relevant to medieval studies.

At a Glance: program details

Degree Requirements

Required Core (3 credit hours)
One of the following courses:
ARS 514 Monasteries, Madonnas and Manuscripts
ENG 530 Old English
ENG 531 Old English Literature
ENG 532 Middle English Dialects
ENG 632 Advanced Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Culture
FRE 521 History of the French Language

Electives (12 credit hours)

Additional Curriculum Information
No more than three credit hours may be transferred from another university. No more than six credit hours may be completed prior to admission to the certificate program. At least 10 credit hours must be at the 500-level or above.

Courses must be drawn from at least two different academic units.

To be approved as an elective, a course must spend at least 50% of the class meetings on the subject of the Middle Ages. Students should contact the department for a list of approved electives.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. writing sample
  4. statement of purpose
  5. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of their current residency. These applicants should submit an unofficial test score (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) that demonstrates their English proficiency. Students should refer to the Department of English website for specific details about English proficiency requirements.

International students who need an F1 or J1 visa first need to apply to and be accepted into a graduate degree program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the USA on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission to be considered for admission to this certificate program.

Career Opportunities

The graduate certificate in medieval studies is designed to equip students for jobs in academia, but also in a variety of other fields in which a humanities degree and interdisciplinary work are valued. Career examples include:

  • digital humanities
  • library and archival work
  • museum work
  • professorship in the humanities and social sciences
  • publishing
  • public humanities
  • public service

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