Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Program Category: 
Non-Degree Programs
Adam Kosto

Certificate Programs: Certificate: Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Medieval and early modern culture was expressed in a rich confluence of visual, musical, theological, and literary production.  The graduate program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies draws upon the considerable resources of Columbia University (including Butler Library's Rare Book and Manuscript Library), offering the ambitious student an opportunity to consider the middle ages and the renaissance as an integrated whole.

The following departments cooperate in offering the program:  Art History and Archaeology, Classics, English and Comparative Literature, French and Romance Philology, History, Italian, Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Latin American and Iberian Cultures.  Applicants for the Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance studies must be admitted to a Ph.D. program in one of the participating departments.  They must satisfy their department's formal requirements to earn the M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees.

The Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is granted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on the recommendation of the Chair(s) of the Interdepartmental Committee, in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Candidates for the certificate should declare their interest in the program as soon as possible after admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

For most areas of medieval and Renaissance studies, some previous work in Latin and in at least one modern language is essential. For certain areas Arabic, Hebrew, or Greek is indispensable.