M.A. in Medieval Studies

M.A. in Medieval Studies

M.A. in Medieval Studies

While 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.

Curriculum

Students beginning their studies in Fall 2015 or later

COURSEWORK
A total of 32 hours of coursework, or 35 hours for thesis writers, including 14 hours of required core courses; a 6000-level theory or method course; 12 hours, or 9 hours for thesis writers, of electives at the 6000-level; and MDVL 6900, Medieval Studies Capstone Writing Seminar. Thesis writers take 6 hours of thesis credit (MDVL 7000).

CORE COURSES

  • MDVL 5300, Introduction to Medieval Studies (1 credit hour)
  • ENGL 5300, Medieval Literature (3 credit hours)
  • HIST 5501, Medieval History Proseminar (3 credit hours)
  • LAT 5600, Medieval Latin (4 credit hours)
  • REL 5000, Historical Studies in Religion: Medieval Christianity (3 credit hours)

LANGUAGES
Latin and a second medieval or a modern language are required.

ORAL EXAMINATION
The hour-long oral examination is an opportunity for faculty and the student to explore content in medieval studies based on the student's coursework and written work completed in MDVL 6900. The examination committee will be composed of three members named by the Director in consultation with the student. The student will submit the two Capstone Writing Seminar papers to the committee no less than two weeks prior to the examination date. Students will receive an assessment of High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, or Fail. If a student fails the examination, the examining faculty will determine whether the student is offered a one-time re-examination to be completed within 12 months of the first examination date.

THESIS (optional)
With the thesis advisor's approval of a prospectus, a student may complete the degree by producing a master's thesis under the direction of a thesis committee. The committee will be composed by the Director in consultation with the student.

Students beginning their studies before Fall 2015

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 (for those entering before fall 2015)

Core requirements for all M.A. students (entering before Fall 2015):

  • 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 (for students entering before Fall 2015):
  • 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 "Lives and Deeds: Writing Biography in the Middle Ages," "Asceticism, Eroticism, and the Premodern Foucault," 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.

 

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