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Graduate Work in Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois

If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in a medieval field, Illinois offers superb academic resources and a thriving intellectual community of medievalist scholars and students:

  • An interdisciplinary Program in Medieval Studies, offering a Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies and supporting graduate students specializing in a wide range of medieval fields

  • Advanced seminars across the spectrum of the field, including an annual “Spring Seminar” on cross-disciplinary topics such as Animal Studies, Global Medieval Studies, and The Medieval Lyric, plus an intensive short “September Seminar” (offered every other year) taught by a distinguished visiting medievalist from Europe. In Fall 2103 the September Seminar was "From Script to Print: The Transformation of Medieval Culture, c. 1300-c.1550," taught by Professor James Clark (Exeter Univ.)

  • Robust funding for graduate student research and travel, including summer travel abroad (to work in libraries or archives, visit medieval sites, or attend conferences or special seminars)

  • A global approach to Medieval Studies, embracing scholarship on world cultures during the period ca. 500 to ca.1500 CE

Prospective students apply for admission to individual departments in which they intend to pursue a Masters or PhD.  To be eligible for consideration for first-year fellowship funding from Medieval Studies (supplementing any fellowships or assistantships offered by the home department), please indicate in your application your interest in pursuing the Concentration in Medieval Studies.  The Concentration in Medieval Studies is currently offered in Art History, Classics, East Asian Languages & Cultures, English, French & Italian, History, Musicology, and Spanish & Portuguese. An application to add the Concentration in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science is currently under administrative review.

To find out more, browse through our Program website, the website of the Graduate College, and the website of the department to which you intend to apply. 

You are also welcome to contact the Program Director, Eleonora Stoppino, about Medieval Studies at Illinois.

Current Graduate Student Profiles

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