Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to offer students an introduction to the history and culture of the Middle Ages and to provide them with the tools necessary to pursue a more advanced study of these periods in a number of disciplines including: languages and literatures, philosophy, history, and art history. The study of Medieval society provides a window to those centuries that span the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the modern era. During the Middle Ages (roughly the fourth to the fifteenth centuries) the development of our rich Western heritage began in such areas as law, religion, philosophy, language, art, and music.
The Medieval Studies Program is an informal confederation of scholars who promote the discipline campus-wide. The Certificate Program is overseen by an Academic Coordinator and a Coordinating Committee. Faculty also work within the separate departments with a number of graduate students whose studies center on the Middle Ages; listed on this site are those graduate students who are pursuing doctoral dissertations within the area. Graduate students maintain their own association, the Iowa Forum for Graduate Medievalists. Faculty in the area maintain an active program of research and this site includes a list of relevant recent publications.
The Medieval Studies Program was featured in an article about certificate programs in the Spring 2007 edition of the University's publication "Parent Times."
If you are interested in pursuing a certificate in Medieval Studies or would like more information about the program, please contact: