Medieval Studies

Program Type: Cluster and Certificate

The Medieval Studies Cluster is designed to prepare students to succeed as scholars in this challenging interdisciplinary field.

Aside from disciplinary knowledge in history, literature, musicology, etc., medievalists must also learn specialized skills such as paleography, archival research methods, liturgical chant and dating, and the use of often-recondite manuscript catalogues and bibliographic resources (both digital and print).  Above all, they must learn languages. Latin is indispensable, and students must also learn appropriate medieval vernaculars, other classical languages (Greek, Hebrew, Arabic) as needed for certain fields, and modern languages such as French, German, and Italian, since access to European scholarship is vital within this international research community.

Faculty affiliated with the Medieval Cluster (in alphabetical order):

See Medieval Studies Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

Programs and Events

There are many different ways for faculty and students to participate in the intellectual life of the cluster. Many cluster events, such as visiting lecturers and conferences, are open to all members of the University. Cluster seminars are open to graduate students across the University. The 2017-18 Medieval Colloquium schedule can be viewed here. We encourage all students, faculty and staff of Northwestern to learn more about our research and activities by participating in our public events. 

Who Should Apply?

Doctoral candidates from any field are eligible to apply to join this intellectual “home” outside their department. Past participants have come from the following programs:

  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • English
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • History
  • Religious Studies

How to Apply

Prospective students interested in participating in this program should indicate their interest when they apply to their respective graduate programs.

Current graduate students interested in participating in this cluster should contact Professor Barbara Newman at

Who to Contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program.

Barbara Newman
Professor of English
1897 Sheridan Road, Room 215
Evanston, IL 60208-2240

Phone: (847) 491-5679