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St. Augustine in his study, from his Soliloquii. Florence, 1491Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Medieval Studies



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The Medieval Studies major at Penn State is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to give undergraduate students an integrated knowledge of medieval civilization. Medieval Studies at Penn State is concerned with the fifth to sixteenth centuries in Europe, the northern Mediterranean Sea region, Scandinavian settlements in North America and Greenland. However, a global perspective is offered with particular attention to the Near East and the northwestern Pacific Rim. The breadth and interdisciplinary rigor of Medieval Studies provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a number of fields. The Medieval Studies program allows students the opportunity to design their own course of study around an area of interest pertaining to any aspect of the Middle Ages, reflecting their own personal interest in the Middle Ages. Through the diversity of the cultures from which our own society developed, the Medieval Studies major can come to understand the various contributions of the Middle Ages to Western Civilization. From Arthurian Romances to the Crusades, from the Celts to Byzantine art, Medieval Studies offers insight into the range of achievement and development upon which modern western societies are based.

Related Experiences

Students may broaden their knowledge in a number of ways. They can participate in relevant education abroad programs, undertake internships in museum curatorial work and archival preservation, and participate in societies dedicated to recreating and examining material aspects of medieval life.

Career Directions

Master and Pupils, from the Mirrour of the World. Westminster. c. 1481The bachelor of arts degree in Medieval Studies prepares the student for those careers which require a broad knowledge of the humanities, such as publishing, teaching, or museum curatorship, to list only a few examples. The degree does not prepare the student for a position that requires particular specialization. If Medieval Studies is combined with another undergraduate major, employment opportunities increase. Many students combine a Medieval Studies major with a major such as art history, broadcasting, art, language and literature, political science or any of the liberal arts majors; or students may take courses in areas like economics, speech communication, and sociology. Such programs help prepare students for entrance into business or government. Training programs for museum or library work are also available to Medieval Studies students. Some occupations in which Medieval Studies graduates are employed include: archivist, attorney, fine arts, publishing, university professor, librarian, history teacher, and museum curator.

Graduate work is required for teaching at the college or university level. Former students in the Penn State major have continued their studies at such as Oxford, Catholic University, Bryn Mawr, St. Andrews, and Dublin. Many students continue their work in medieval studies or related fields like art, music, theatre, literature, history, or philosophy at the graduate level.

For the B.A. degree in Medieval Studies, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

[Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given as (Sem: 1-2]


MEDVL(HIST) 107 GH(3), MEDVL 108 GH(3) (Sem: 3-4)

(A minimum of 12 credits must be in 400-level courses.) 
Select 24 credits from the program list of courses dealing with the Middle Ages from no less than three of the following areas: 

Art History
ART H 201 GA(3) (Sem: 1-8 

ART H 312 GA(3) (Sem: 3-8

ART H 402(3), ART H 412(3), ART H 422(3-9), ART H 442(3), ART H 452(3) (Sem: 5-8)

HIST 105 GH;IL(3), HIST 108 GH;IL(3), HIST 141 GH;IL(3), HIST 165(3) (Sem: 1-8 

<>HIST 407 IL(3), HIST 408 IL(3), HIST 411(3), HIST 412 IL(3), HIST 413(3), 
HIST 471Y(3), HIST 480 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8

<>Literature and Language 
CMLIT 001 GH(3), CMLIT 106 GH;IL(3), ENGL 221W(3),
GER 175 GH;IL(3), HEBR 010 GH;IL(3), SPAN 130 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)

<>FR 351(3), IT 350(3), SPAN 353(3) (Sem: 3-8 

<>CMLIT 401 Y IL(3), CMLIT 408 IL(3), ENGL 441(3), ENGL 442(3),
FR 422(3), GER 430 IL(3), GER 431 IL(3), IT 415(3), IT 490(3), LATIN 420(3-6), SPAN 418(3) (Sem: 5-8

<>Medieval Studies
MEDVL 187(3) (Sem: 1-2) 

<>MEDVL 197(1-9), MEDVL 199 IL(1-12), MEDVL 294(1-12), MEDVL 299 IL(1-12) (Sem: 1-8)
MEDVL 395(1-18), MEDVL 399 IL(1-12) (Sem: 3-8) 

<>MEDVL 411(3), MEDVL 413(3), MEDVL 494(1-12), MEDVL 496(1-18), MEDVL 497(1-9), MEDVL 499 IL(1-12) (Sem: 5-8)

<>Philosophy and Religious Studies 
RL ST 120 GH(3), PHIL 201 GH(3) (Sem: 1-8 

<>PHIL 454(3-6), RL ST 420(3) (upon advising) (Sem: 5-8)

<>[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or
better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.