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Medieval Studies

Minor in Medieval Studies
Area Certificate in Medieval Studies
Course Descriptions



Professor H. Wayne Storey (French and Italian)

Chancellor's Professors

Judith Anderson (English), Robert Fulk (English)

Distinguished Professors

Thomas Mathiesen (Jacobs School of Music)


Christopher Beckwith (Central Eurasian Studies), David Brakke (Religious Studies), Jamsheed Choksy (Central Eurasian Studies), Juan Carlos Conde (Spanish and Portuguese), Henry Cooper (Slavic Languages and Literatures), Devin DeWeese (Central Eurasian Studies), Dyan Elliott (History), Paul Elliot (Early Music Institute), Kari Gade (Germanic Studies), Wendy Gillespie (Jacobs School of Music), Paul Hillier (Early Music Institute), Olga Impey (Spanish and Portuguese), Eugene Kintgen (English), W. Eugene Kleinbauer (Fine Arts), Eleanor Leach (Classical Studies), Karma Lochrie (English), Consuelo López-Morillas (Spanish and Portuguese), Fedwa Malti-Douglas (Comparative Literature, Gender Studies), Jacques Merceron (French and Italian), Emanuel Mickel (French and Italian), Domenico Bertoloni Meli (History and Philosophy of Science), William Newman (History and Philosophy of Science), Josep Sobrer (Spanish and Portuguese), Paul Spade (Philosophy), Suzanne Stetkevych (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), John Walbridge (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)

Associate Professors

Chris Atwood (Central Eurasian Studies), Ann Carmichael (History, History and Philosophy of Science), Arthur Field (History), Patricia Ingham (English), Thomas Keirstead (East Asian Languages and Cultures), Paul Losensky (Central Eurasian Studies), Rosemarie McGerr (Comparative Literature), Leah Shopkow (History), Eliot Sperling (Central Eurasian Studies), Kemal Silay (Central Eurasian Studies), Martha Vinson (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)

Assistant Professors

Bridget Balint (Classical Studies), Deborah Deliyannis (History), Constance Furey (Religious Studies), Shannon Gayk (English), Kevin Jaques (Religious Studies), Diane Reilly (Fine Arts), Massimo Scalabrini (French and Italian), Edward Watts (History)

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The Medieval Studies Institute (MEST) offers an undergraduate minor and a certificate. Students may elect to choose one of these options but not both. The program is organized around an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle Ages. Students who are interested in the minor, the area certificate, or in receiving additional information regarding the Institute's events and announcements should consult its Web site www.indiana.edu/~medieval or contact the Medieval Studies Institute, Ballantine Hall 650, (812) 855-8201, mest@indiana.edu.

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Minor in Medieval Studies


Students must complete 15 credit hours from at least three departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. At least two courses must be at the 300 level or above, and no more than one course can be at the 100 level. Eligible courses will be certified by the Institute; students should consult with the director to confirm that the courses selected are eligible for credit.

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Area Certificate in Medieval Studies


The certificate is designed for undergraduates interested in the medieval period within their own areas of specialization who are seeking additional training in preparation for graduate work. The program also provides students majoring in the sciences, social sciences, and business with the opportunity to take a broad range of courses in the humanities and yet maintain focus in their work. A student may earn an area certificate as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing requirements for a major.


Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours from at least three departments, including:

  1. 6 credit hours of language specifically used during the Middle Ages, including courses above the 100 level in Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Old English, Old Icelandic, Old Norse, Old Provençal (through the Institute), and Persian.
  2. An historical survey.
  3. 15 credit hours of electives, chosen either from the Institute's offerings or from those of participating departments approved by the director of the Institute.
  4. At least two courses must be at the 300 level or above, and no more than one course can be at the 100 level.

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Course Descriptions

M200 Medieval Cultures (3 cr.) A & H, CSA Introduction to medieval cultures and life. May be repeated once with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

M390 Studies in Medieval Culture (2-4 cr.) Examination and evaluation of various aspects, periods, and manifestations of medieval civilization. Study will be interdisciplinary, focusing on such subjects as Jews, Moslems, and Christians in the Middle Ages; the Carolingian Renaissance; multicultural Provence and its diaspora. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

M490 Topics in Medieval Studies (2-4 cr.) Exploration of a medieval topic, such as social history through literary texts, written and visual texts, centers of Western medieval culture, critical trends in medieval studies. Readings in English. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 8 credit hours.

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