At Columbia College, Medieval and Renaissance Studies is an interdisciplinary program in which a student combines a concentration in medieval or Renaissance civilization with a major in one of the following departments: Art History and Archaeology, Classics, English and Comparative Literature, French and Romance Philology, Germanic Languages, History, Italian, Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Music, Philosophy, or Religion.

Students considering the special concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies should consult with the director in advance of course registration to ensure that their selection of courses will count towards the special concentration.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a departmental major or concentration, students with this special concentration should plan on taking an additional 12 points of courses in other departments of the program, to be chosen in consultation with an appropriate member of the committee.

A reading knowledge of two languages is also required: normally they are Latin (as demonstrated by the completion of LATN V1201 Intermediate Latin I or LATN V1202 Intermediate Latin II) and the completion of the fourth term of one Romance or Germanic language. Language courses do not count toward the 12 points required for the special concentration.