The Certificate in Medieval Studies requires a minimum of 21 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 graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.
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.
Students must include courses from at least three different departments in their work for the certificate; they may count a maximum of 10 s.h. from a single department or program. Courses used to fulfill General Education Program 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.
|MDVL:3409||Medieval Civilization I||3|
|or MDVL:3410|| Medieval Civilization II|
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 should consult regularly with a medieval studies advisor while planning and completing their program of study.
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:2001||Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic I||5|
|ARAB:2002||Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II||5|
Art and Art History
|ARTH:2420||Introduction to Medieval Art||3|
|ARTH:3391||Themes in Medieval Art||3|
|ARTH:3990||Topics in Art History (when topic is medieval)||3|
Center for the Book
|GRMN:2770||Norse Mythology: Gods, Heroes, and Monsters of Northern Europe||3-4|
|GRMN:2780||King Arthur Through the Ages||3|
|ITAL:4633||Medieval Italian Literature||3|
|ITAL:4634||Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature||3|
|MUS:2301||History of Music I||3|
|MUS:4200||Counterpoint Before 1600||3|
Spanish and Portuguese
|SPAN:3700||Sex in the Cid||3|
|SPAN:4690||Topics in Spanish Literature (when topic is medieval)||3|
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.
Sample Study Plans
Both of these sample study plans fulfill the certificate's requirements.
Sample plan for students planning graduate work in medieval studies:
Sample plan for students with a general interest in medieval studies: