This is a first version of the University of Iowa 2018-19 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF version will be published soon after the fall semester begins.

The undergraduate Certificate in Medieval Studies requires a minimum of 18 s.h. in medieval studies course work. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

Courses used to fulfill GE CLAS Core requirements or the requirements of a major or minor may be counted toward the certificate in most cases. Up to 6 s.h. of transfer credit may be counted toward certificate requirements, with the Certificate in Medieval Studies coordinating committee's approval; contact the certificate program's coordinator.

The program enables students to combine study in three or more disciplines into an organized investigation of the Middle Ages, a rich historical period that continues to influence today's culture. Students may earn the Certificate in Medieval Studies as a distinct interest or combine it with focused study in areas such as art history; classics; comparative literature; gender, women's, and sexuality studies; languages (e.g., French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish); music; philosophy; religion; and theater.

The Certificate in Medieval Studies requires the following course work.

Core Course
Students must complete one of these early in their program of study:
MDVL:3409Medieval Civilization I3
or MDVL:3410 Medieval Civilization II
Additional Courses
Remaining course work, as indicated below15
Total Hours18

Additional Courses

Remaining courses may be chosen from the "Associated Courses" below or from medieval studies courses (prefix MDVL) under Courses in this section of the Catalog. Students must include courses from at least three different departments; they may count a maximum of 10 s.h. from a single department or program. Students should consult regularly with a medieval studies advisor while planning and completing their program of study.

Associated Courses

The following courses are approved for the medieval studies certificate. Other courses may be approved for satisfaction of certificate requirements; students who wish to have a course approved should make a request to the Certificate in Medieval Studies coordinating committee. The coordinating committee revises the list of approved courses as necessary.

Arabic Language and Literature

ARAB:2001Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I5
ARAB:2002Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II5

Art and Art History

ARTH:2420Introduction to Medieval Art3
ARTH:3390Early Medieval Art3
ARTH:3391Themes in Medieval Art3
ARTH:3990Topics in Art History (when topic is medieval)3

Center for the Book

UICB:4910/HIST:4910/SLIS:4910The Book in the Middle Ages3
UICB:4920/HIST:4920/SLIS:4920The Transition from Manuscript to Print3


CLSL:2001World of Cicero3
CLSL:2002Golden Age of Roman Poetry3


ENGL:2216Selected Works of the Middle Ages3
ENGL:3226/MDVL:3226Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages3
ENGL:3256Old English Language and Literature3
ENGL:3257Old English Beowulf3
ENGL:3266Medieval Celtic Literature3
ENGL:3267Medieval Norse Literature3
ENGL:3276/THTR:3276Medieval Drama3


GRMN:2770Norse Mythology: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Northern Europe3-4


HIST:2151Introduction to the History Major (when topic is medieval)3
HIST:2483History of Britain: Fall of Rome to the Norman Conquest3
HIST:3409/MDVL:3409Medieval Civilization I3
HIST:3410/MDVL:3410Medieval Civilization II3
HIST:4411/MDVL:4411Economic and Social History of Medieval Europe3
HIST:4412/MDVL:4412History of the Medieval Church3
HIST:4417/MDVL:4417Medieval Intellectual History 300-11503
HIST:4418/MDVL:4418Medieval Intellectual History 1150-15003
HIST:4419/MDVL:4419Ancient and Medieval Science3
HIST:4421/MDVL:4421The Middle Ages in Film3
HIST:4423/MDVL:4423Ireland in the Early Middle Ages3
HIST:4426/MDVL:4426Women, Power, and Society in Medieval Europe3


ITAL:4633Dante's Inferno3
ITAL:4634The Italian Renaissance3


MUS:2301History of Music I3
MUS:4200Counterpoint Before 16003


PHIL:3112/HIST:3412Medieval Philosophy3

Religious Studies

RELS:1225/HIST:1025Medieval Religion and Culture3
RELS:4001Biblical Hebrew I4
RELS:4002Biblical Hebrew II4

Spanish and Portuguese

SPAN:4690Topics in Spanish Literature (when topic is medieval)3

Language Courses

The Medieval Studies Program strongly encourages students to complete course work in a language relevant to the medieval period. Latin is recommended for anyone intending to pursue graduate study in the field. Many language courses have prerequisites, and some are offered irregularly, so students should complete their language course work as early as possible. The following language courses are approved for the medieval studies certificate.

ARAB:2001-ARAB:2002Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I-II10
CLSL:2001-CLSL:2002World of Cicero - Golden Age of Roman Poetry6
ENGL:3256Old English Language and Literature3
RELS:4001-RELS:4002Biblical Hebrew I-II8

Sample Study Plans

Both of these sample study plans fulfill the certificate's requirements.

Sample plan for students planning graduate work in medieval studies:

MDVL:3226/ENGL:3226Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages3
MDVL:3410/HIST:3410Medieval Civilization II3
ARTH:2420Introduction to Medieval Art3
CLSL:2001World of Cicero3
CLSL:2002Golden Age of Roman Poetry3
HIST:4418/MDVL:4418Medieval Intellectual History 1150-15003

Sample plan for students with a general interest in medieval studies:

MDVL:3409/HIST:3409Medieval Civilization I3
ENGL:3256Old English Language and Literature3
HIST:4412/MDVL:4412History of the Medieval Church3
HIST:4426/MDVL:4426Women, Power, and Society in Medieval Europe3
MUS:2301History of Music I3