Dept. of History
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 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.
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.
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.