Students who pursue Medieval Studies will learn that “the Middle Ages” — the period covering the years 476-1517, the fall of Rome to the protestant Reformation — was in fact comprised of a wide variety of cultures, artistic trends, literature, languages, philosophies, and religious practices.
Medieval Studies is part of a lively interdisciplinary community at the University of Mississippi that sponsors speakers, performers, annual essay prizes, “movie nights,” and reading groups (most recently, a year-long study of Dante’s Divine Comedy). We currently have 18 professors from 7 different departments who teach over 30 undergraduate courses and several graduate courses on medieval subjects. Graduate students applying to the English Department can compete for the Harold J. Kendis Fellowship, which is awarded annually to the top-ranked applicant pursuing Medieval Studies.
For a young professional, a Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies would imply to prospective employers that he or she has received the interdisciplinary training distinctive to and expected of medieval scholars.
As an interdisciplinary minor, Medieval Studies complements many majors well as it encourages more focused learning within fields such as history, English, foreign languages, religion, art, and music.
Medieval Studies is well-suited to a student who:
- is academically serious and enjoys intellectual challenges
- will embrace the opportunity to craft a course of interdisciplinary study that speaks to his or her individual interests
- has recreational and/or scholarly tastes that are temporally counter-cultural
For more information about the Minor in Medieval Studies, graduate certificate, or the community of medievalists at Ole Miss, feel free to contact Dr. Mary Hayes in the English Department.