Graduate Student Certificate Requirements

Specific Criteria

Course work: The Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies will consist of 12 credit hours of approved courses. Most of these are on a permanent list of courses clearly appropriate to the topic (i.e. Medieval Studies). The Core Faculty of the Medieval Graduate Certificate will vote to approve new courses for the permanent list on an individual basis. Additionally, courses taught under a general rubric will be approved on an individual basis.

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies should be aware of the following rubric:

  • A maximum of 6 hours may be taken in the student’s home department.
  • A maximum of 6 hours may count toward the student’s home degree program and the Medieval Studies Certificate.
  • Additionally, students must satisfy the Latin requirement. They can do so in one of three ways:
    • Students with no prior Latin training can take LAT 101 and LAT 102 (or their equivalent).
    • Students with prior Latin training can earn a High Pass on a Latin reading exam designed and evaluated by the Medieval Studies Graduate Core Faculty. Any student who does not earn the “High Pass” will have a second opportunity to do so. He or she must get a “High Pass” on the retake before the end of the semester after the initial attempt (i.e. if the initial attempt was made in the Fall semester, the student would have until the end of Spring semester to retake it). If he or she does not earn a High Pass on the second attempt, the student must take a 500-level or 600-level Latin course from the approved list, which will count toward the 12 hours of course work.
    • Students with prior Latin training may take a 500-level or 600-level Latin course from the approved list. They must earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher in it to satisfy the Graduate Certificate’s Latin requirement. Students who opt to satisfy the requirement by taking this course may count it toward the Graduate Certificate’s 12 credit hours.
  • No course below the 500-level can count toward the Graduate Certificate. (N. B. This does not apply to “stacked” courses, which have a dual listing).

Additionally, the Medieval Studies Graduate Certificate recognizes the stipulations about course work outlined by UM’s Graduate College:

  • No transfer credits shall count toward the Medieval Studies Certificate’s 12-hour requirement.
  • No more than 3 hours shall come from a practicum, an internship, research courses, or individual study courses.
  • A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 is required for courses counted toward the certificate.
  • The Graduate School’s rules regarding repeating courses apply.
  • The time limit for completing a certificate program is four years.
  • The student must complete the 12 hours within four years (i.e. from when the first course counted toward the Graduate Certificate began).

Core Faculty:

Lindy Brady, Assistant Professor of English

Valerio Cappozzo, Assistant Professor of Italian

Mary Hayes, Associate Professor of English

Gregory Heyworth, Associate Professor of English

Daniel O’Sullivan, Associate Professor of French

Christopher Sapp, Associate Professor of German


A student may pursue a Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies if he or she has been admitted in full-standing to a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree program. Medieval Studies shall be an “add on” (rather than a “stand alone”) graduate certificate. Students will have been admitted to a master’s or doctoral program in their home departments.

No separate application to the Graduate College is required. Prospective students will submit a petition to the Medieval Studies Core Faculty after having completed half (6 credit hours) of their coursework toward the certificate. In this petition, the student will describe his or her past study in the field, outline his or her future course work, and explain how the coursework completed for the Medieval Studies Graduate Certificate coheres with his or her scholarship and career plans. When the student makes his or her petition, we will ascertain whether he or she is in good academic standing with his or her home department by having the chair of the student’s home department “sign off” on it.


Art History

AH 532: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic Art

AH 534: Early Medieval Art and Archaeology

AH 536: Viking Art and Archaeology

AH 538: Romanesque and Gothic Art


ENG 503: Old English I

ENG 504: Old English II: Beowulf

ENG 505: History of the English Language

ENG 703: Studies in Early English Literature

ENG 705: Middle English

ENG 706: Chaucer

ENG 707: Studies in Middle English Literature


LAT 621: Latin Prose

LAT 629: Medieval Latin

LAT 631: Latin Poetry

LAT 632: Vergil

LAT 633: Ovid

Modern Languages

FR 574: History of the French Language

FR 577: Survey of French Lit I (Med to 17th century)

FR 582: French Medieval and Renaissance Literature

GERM 574: History of the German Language

GERM 577: Survey of German Literature and Culture to 1600

ENGL/LING 510: Old Norse

SPAN 574: History of the Spanish Language

SPAN 577: Survey of Spanish Lit I


MUS 501: Medieval and Renaissance Music