Major program: The Medieval Studies Program provides an interdisciplinary context for students who wish to study the European Middle Ages.  Students normally concentrate on one of three fields: art history and archaeology, history and culture, or language and literature.  They are also expected to do course work in the other fields.  In certain cases the program may also provide a framework for students wishing to cross the somwhat arbitrary temporal, topical, and geographical boundaries of medieval studies to consider such problems as the relationship between classical and medieval literature or art or the broader history of the preindustrial European societies.

Students have a number of opportunities to experience medieval materials firsthand, including working with rare manuscripts in Special Collections, singing in the Colllegium Musicum, or participating on an archaeological dig.  The Medieval Studies Department brings distinguished visitors to campus each year to give public talks and to work one-on-one with students.  Field trips to places such as the Cloisters Museum in New York City and to concerts in the nearby area foster a sense of community and provide access to materials.

Sample Courses:  European Intellectural History to the Renaissance; Politics and Piety in Early Christianities; Dante and Medieval Culture; Rome Through the Ages; Medieval Latin; Escaping Purgatory: Music and Devotion in Medieval Europe

Number of Professors: 11

Medieval Studies Building
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Gary Shaw

Professor of History, Professor of Medieval Studies, Dean of the Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs


Research Interests: Later Medieval Culture and Religion, especially penitential regime and urban culture; history and theory of historiography.