M.A. in Medieval Studies

M.A. in Medieval Studies

M.A. in Medieval Studies

Image of graduate students in the Richard Rawlinson CenterWhile allowing students to pursue specialized interests, the Master of Arts in Medieval Studies intends to provide them with a broad interdisciplinary background in medieval history, languages, literature, philosophy, and religion, as well as research methodology. Program requirements vary depending on the area of emphasis students pursue. Students entering the program in Fall 2015 will pursue a new curriculum, the details of which will be posted here in the near future. For students beginning their studies before Fall 2015, the program offers two options:

Option I, Thesis, 37 hrs.

  1. A total of 31 hours of coursework, including 13 hours of required core courses [English 5300, Medieval Literature; History 6350, Research Techniques in Medieval History; Latin 5600, Medieval Latin (grade of B or better required); Religion 5000, Medieval Christianity] and 18 hours of electives, the latter to be chosen from the list of approved courses in the Departments of Art, Comparative Religion, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Music, and Philosophy. At least 12.5 of the 31 credit hours must be at the 6000 or 7000 level.
  2. Demonstrated reading proficiency in Latin and in one modern foreign language, such as French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
  3. Preparation of an acceptable Master’s Thesis (6 hours) under the direction of a thesis advisory committee.
  4. Oral examination in defense of Master’s Thesis.

Option II, Non-thesis, 37 hrs.

  1. A total of 37 hours of coursework, including 13 hours of required core courses [English 5300, Medieval Literature; History 6350, Research Techniques in Medieval History; Latin 5600, Medieval Latin (grade of B or better required); Religion 5000, Medieval Christianity] and 24 hours of electives, the latter to be chosen from the list of approved courses in the Departments of Art, Comparative Religion, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Music, and Philosophy. At least 18.5 of the 37 credit hours must be at the 6000 or 7000 level.
  2. Demonstrated reading proficiency in Latin. (Note: Option II has no modern language requirement.)

Option II has no thesis requirement.

Approved Graduate Courses

Core requirements for all M.A. students:

  • English 5300, Medieval Literature (3 hrs.)
  • History 6350, Research Techniques in Medieval History (3 hrs.)
  • Religion 5000, Medieval Christianity (3 hrs.)
  • Latin 5600, Medieval Latin (4 hrs.)

Electives:

  • Art 5200, Independent Study in Art History (2-3 hrs.)
  • Art 5210, *Topics in Art History (3 hrs.)
  • Art 5810, History of Ancient Art (3 hrs.)
  • Art 5830, History of Medieval Art (3 hrs.)
  • Art 5850, History of Renaissance Art (3 hrs.)
  • English 5320, English Renaissance Literature (3 hrs.)
  • English 5550, Studies in Major Writers: Chaucer, Dante (3 hrs.)
  • English 6100, *Seminar in English Literature and Art to 1600 (3 hrs.)
  • English 6420, Studies in Drama (3 hrs.)
  • English 6520, Studies in Shakespeare: Tragedy (3 hrs.)
  • English 6530, Studies in Shakespeare: Comedy (3 hrs.)
  • English 6760, Old English (3 hrs.)
  • English 6770, Middle English (3 hrs.)
  • History 5500, Studies in Medieval History (3 hrs.)
  • History 6000, Historical Method (3 hrs.)
  • History 6010, Historiography (3 hrs.)
  • History 6020, Historical Theory (3 hrs.)
  • History 6120, Readings in Medieval History (3 hrs.)
  • History 6200, *Bibliographical Research (1-3 hrs.)
  • History 6820, Seminar in Medieval History (3 hrs.)
  • Medieval Studies 5000, Interdisciplinary Studies in Medieval Culture (3 hrs.)
  • Medieval Studies 5970, Directed Study (1-3 hrs.)
  • Medieval Studies 6000, Advanced Seminar in Medieval Studies (2-4 hrs.)
  • Medieval Studies 7100, Independent Research (2-6 hrs.)
  • Medieval Studies 7120, Professional Field Experience (2-12 hrs.)
  • Music 5170, Collegium Musicum (1 hr.)
  • Music 5850, Medieval Music (2 hrs.)
  • Music 5860, Renaissance Music (2 hrs.)
  • Philosophy 5700, *Philosophical Topics (1-4 hrs.)
  • Religion 5000, *Historical Studies in Religion (2-4 hrs.)
  • Religion 5100, *Morphological and Phenomenological Studies in Religion (2-4 hrs.)
  • Religion 6200, *Advanced Seminar in Comparative Religion (3 hrs.)

* Specific topics of these courses vary from semester to semester.

Culminating Research Course for Option I, Thesis:

  • MDVL 7000, Thesis (6 hrs.)

Upcoming, current, and recent course offerings.

In addition to regularly scheduled electives, students at the Medieval Institute may have access to special topics seminars offered on campus by visiting scholars or off campus through Western Michigan University's affiliation with the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Recent courses at the Newberry taken by WMU students include "The Junius Manuscript ," "Introduction to the Troubadours," and "Gender, Power, and Religion in Medieval Europe."

The Tashjian Study Fellowship provides support for a student who has demonstrated interest in either Anglo-Saxon studies or manuscript research and who is enrolled in the M.A. program.

The Western Michigan University – NUI, Galway Conference Exchange Grant in Medieval Studies provides support for a student enrolled in the master's program in medieval studies to present a twenty-minute paper at Imbas, an interdisciplinary conference for graduate student scholars hosted annually by the National University of Ireland, Galway.


Photograph: Gradute students in the Richard Rawlinson Center (photo: James Kison)

 

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