Columbia’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program brings together dozens of students and more than 70 faculty from a wide range of departments across the university. Traversing the artificial disciplinary and departmental barriers that too often subdivide this vibrant commingling, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program offers unique opportunities to to explore the rich confluence of visual, musical, theological, and literary production in medieval and early modern cultures.

The Program offers an undergraduate concentration, a master's degree, and a doctoral certificate.

Recent Announcements

February 01, 2024

Leah DeVun (Columbia History, Ph.D. 2004) awarded the Haskins Medal by the Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies program is delighted to announce that a recent book by a Columbia doctoral alumna in History has received one of the foremost book prizes in medieval studies. The Medieval Academy of America has awarded the Haskins Medal to Leah DeVun (History, Ph.D. 2004), The Shape of Sex: Nonbinary Gender from Genesis to the Renaissance (Columbia University Press, 2021). 

August 29, 2023

Medieval French and Romance Reading Group

Ashley Leader and Alina Shubina are organizing a Medieval French and Romance reading group that will meet once a week to read and discuss Old/Middle French and Romance poetry, prose, documents, etc. Participants will read together at meetings, and all levels of familiarity with the language are welcome! If you'd like to join the mailing list, please email either Ashley at afl2130 at columbia.edu or Alina at as6167 at columbia.edu.