The four central elements of the program are:
- Language study tailored to the students’ needs and interests;
- Coursework in which students work with original manuscripts, documents, or early printed books;
- An original research project to be presented as an MA thesis.
- Elective coursework in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, to be chosen from a list approved by the Director each semester.
- Coursework totaling 30 points (credits), including the MA thesis.
- Language study. Two semesters of a language relevant to the study of the medieval and/or Renaissance period at the 4000 level or higher, appropriate for the student’s particular needs and interests; the two semesters should be taken consecutively.
- Manuscript/Print Culture. One one-semester course involving the study of original manuscripts, documents, or early printed books. Confirm eligible courses with the Program Director.
- No fewer than four elective courses at the 4000 level or higher, selected from a list established each year by the Director of the MA program, and approved by the student’s appointed advisor. One of these courses must fulfill the manuscript/book culture requirement (above, 3).
- Two semesters of MA Thesis (G6999). The course is pursued as an independent study with an advisor or advisors.
- Attendance of a manuscript/printed book workshop each semester, to be arranged.
- Courses may be taken for R-credit or Pass/Fail, but these courses do not count toward the degree.
- No advanced standing or transfer credit is granted for courses taken outside of Columbia University.
- All courses must be at the 4000 level and above.
- Students may complete the program through part-time study during the academic year, including the summer term; but they must fulfill all of the degree requirements in no more than 4 years and they must be continuously registered.
For the full thesis guidelines, please click here.
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