Robert Bast, History, Chair
The medieval studies program offers a graduate certificate enabling students with an interest in medieval topics to acquire a broad foundation in the interdisciplinary approaches to medieval research and to begin putting these approaches into practice. For students earning MAs or PhDs in traditional disciplines, the program will augment their training and may make them more attractive candidates for academic positions.
Prospective candidates for the certificate may take up to 6 hours of certificate classes before making application for admission to the certificate program. Once admitted to the program, they must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Application to the certificate program must be made to the Chair of the Medieval Studies Program by submitting a letter of application and copies of undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable). A minimum of 15 hours is required. All courses must be selected in consultation with a program advisor, who must approve all courses for individual students prior to their being taken, except that, as noted above, up to 6 hours may be accepted from candidates upon admission.
Students will satisfy the requirements of the certificate program by selecting 15 hours from the following lists, provided that those courses are selected in consultation with a program advisor, who approves their selection. A certificate cannot be earned without program approval by the advisor.
- MDST 510 .
- 12 additional hours chosen from at least two disciplines. A minimum of 6 hours must be taken in one discipline. Students may choose from the following courses – AHIS 425 , AHIS 431 , AHIS 441 , AHIS 451 , AHIS 571 , CLAS 435 , CLAS 571 , CLAS 572 , ENGL 401 , ENGL 402 , ENGL 403 , ENGL 508 , ENGL 513 , ENGL 514 , ENGL 610 , ENGL 611 , ENGL 620 , ENGL 621 , FREN 410 , FREN 540 , GERM 541 , HIST 529 , HIST 530 , HIST 531 , HIST 629 , HIST 630 , HIST 631 , ITAL 401 , ITAL 402 , ITAL 403 , MDST 510 , PHIL 520 , PHIL 620 , POLS 475 , SPAN 531 , SPAN 532 . Topics and special topics courses, where appropriate, may be substituted for any of the above courses with the permission of the Chair of the Medieval Studies Program.
- Demonstration of competency in reading medieval Latin either by earning an A or B in CLAS 435 or by passing the University of Toronto’s MA Medieval Latin exam, given on campus in fall and spring semesters. Where appropriate, students may substitute competency in reading medieval Greek, Hebrew, or Arabic. The chair of Medieval Studies, in conjunction with the Medieval Studies committee, will establish standards for determining competency in these languages as need arises.
- A non-credit capstone project, usually a paper. The paper should be interdisciplinary in its approach to its topic and may be an outgrowth of a seminar paper in another course. This capstone paper must be presented to an audience of Medieval Studies committee members and other interested faculty and graduate students before the certificate is granted.