The Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
*Only for currently-enrolled Columbia University PhD students

The Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is granted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on the recommendation of the Steering Committee of the Interdepartmental Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Candidates for the certificate declare their candidacy after admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and meet with the chair(s) of the Interdepartmental Committee, who will assign one of its members as an advisor. We recommend that candidates declare their interest as early as possible in their coursework, but a student can be considered for admission at any point in his or her graduate career. Candidates should discuss their programs of certificate study with their advisors each term.


I) Either, for those who enter the Graduate School with the B.A. or B.S., the completion of the requirements for the M.A. degree in the candidate’s department; or, for those who enter the Graduate School with an M.A. from another institution or with academic achievements that qualify for two terms of advanced standing, the completion ofthe requirements for the M.A. or M.Phil. degree in the candidate’s department.

II) Eighteen (18) points in medieval / renaissance course work beyond the requirements for the M.A. or M.Phil. degree in the candidate’s department, twelve (12) of these points to betaken outside the candidate’s department. The 18 points can include courses taken at any other institution in the greater New York area Medieval Consortium(City University, Fordham, New York University, Princeton, and Rutgers). If the M.A. is from another institution, a maximum of six (6) points will be given for appropriate courses taken at another institution. In each academic year an effort will be made to identify an interdisciplinary course as a recommended component of these eighteen hours. This course will, to the greatest possible extent, reflect the joint effort of faculty members from more than one department, together with materials from more than one period or discipline.

III) Achievement of a satisfactory level in written translation from two foreign languages, including one the following: Arabic, ancient Greek. Hebrew, Latin (classical or medieval), or a medieval or renaissance vernacular. The standard will be that required by the candidate’s department.

IV) The completion of a paper with an interdisciplinary component in one of the courses taken for the twelve (12) points outside the candidate’s home department, this to be assessed by a second reader as well as the course’s instructor.

Courses of Instruction and Research

Courses in medieval and renaissance studies are described on the committee’s website ( and in the listings of the following departments: Art History and Archaeology; Classics; East Asian Languages and Cultures, English and Comparative Literature; French and Romance Philology; Germanic Languages; History; Italian; Latin American and Iberian Cultures; Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS); Music; Philosophy; Religion. Not all courses are offered every year.

For more information contact the Director, Adam Kosto at