Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate

Director of Graduate Studies

Jehangir Malegam
Dept. of History
Box 90719

Admission to the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The University Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers a Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies; it does not offer a separate graduate degree. All students associated with the program are Ph.D. candidates in traditional Arts and Sciences departments: Art History, Classical Studies, English, Germanic Languages and Literature, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and Romance Studies. Students must apply directly to the Graduate School, and successful applicants are admitted into one of these departments.

Students who plan to work in Medieval and Renaissance Studies should indicate that special interest on their application forms so that participating departments may forward admissable applications to the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. After a student has been admitted to the University, the student should formally contact the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies to become an affiliate. Currently over thirty graduate students from ten departments across campus are affiliated with the Program.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Graduate students may receive a formal Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Medieval and Renaissance Studies upon successful completion of core program requirements. This Certificate is indicated on the student transcript. The overall aim of the requirements is to involve students in interdisciplinary study, encouraging students to branch out beyond the walls of home departments. Collaboration with students in other Duke departments and with graduate students at the University of North Carolina and elsewhere is emphasized. The following requirements must be fulfilled to obtain the Certificate.

  1. Complete a dissertation on a topic in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (late antiquity through the seventeenth century, on any region, and in any discipline).

  2. Complete 3 Medieval and Renaissance courses outside of the major department. Courses must be taken for credit. In some cases, courses listed in the student's major department may be counted, as for example when they are team taught by faculty from different disciplines, when they teach research methods or skills relevant to several disciplines, or when they are in a different discipline than that of the student. The DGS must be consulted in every such case.

  3. Attend twelve events directly sponsored or co-sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program approved for the certificate. The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students, ideally before the dissertation-writing stage, to interact with students and faculty in disciplines beyond their own, and to become part of a broader Medieval and Renaissance Studies community at Duke and in the Triangle. Many options for involvement are offered each semester.

  4. Present a research paper at one of several Medieval and Renaissance workshops, colloquia, or conferences in a local venue. This might include the annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, a graduate student conference organized entirely by Duke and University of North Carolina graduate students; the Triangle-area Medieval Studies Seminar; or any number of other workshops and seminars held on the Duke and UNC campuses. The audiences at these venues will be broad, requiring students to present their research in a way that is relevant to a cross-disciplinary audience.

How to Apply to the Certificate Program

The applicant must submit two forms: (1) an application for the Graduate School; and (2) an application to the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program. Note that both forms should be submitted to the program's associate director at the Center's office. Print off these forms, fill them out, and send them through campus mail.

To help with documenting on the program form the twelve meetings you attend, see the list of meetings that have been held, which have been approved for this requirement.

Graduate Support

The Program awards a substantial dissertation-semester fellowship each year. Occasionally, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is able to provide additional support for travel and research in the dissertation years. Students will normally receive fellowships and other forms of support from their home departments.