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    Oct 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medieval Studies Graduate Certificate

Jay Rubenstein, 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. Prospective candidates for the certificate should be earning a Masters or doctoral degree in a related discipline at UTK. Additional information is available at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies website.

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Graduate Certificate Type


Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Students may take up to 6 graduate credit hours of certificate classes before making formal application to the Medieval Studies certificate.
  • Students must inform the Chair of the Medieval Studies Program of their intent to apply for the certificate.
  • Application to the certificate must be made to the Office of Graduate Admissions by submitting the online application and copies of undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable).

Academic Standards

  • Once admitted to the certificate, students must maintain a graduate GPA of at least 3.00.

Credit Hours Required

15 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

Non-Course Requirements

  • 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 graduate credit hours may be accepted from candidates upon admission.
  • Demonstration of competency in reading medieval Latin either by
    • Earning a B+ or higher in CLAS 435  and CLAS 571  or
    • Passing the Marco Medieval Latin Examination administered on campus
    • Where appropriate, students may substitute competency in reading medieval Greek, Hebrew, or Arabic.
    • The chair of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, in conjunction with the Marco Graduate Curriculum Committee, will establish standards for determining competency in these languages as need arises.
  • Evidence of professionalization in Medieval Studies in the form of a formal, twenty-minute presentation of original research to take place on campus for Medieval Studies faculty, students, and the public. The presentation should demonstrate interdisciplinarity and may grow out of a course or seminar paper. Normally the presentation will take place in the semester that the certificate is granted.

To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.