Majors, minors + certificates

Certificate in Medieval Studies (MESTACRT)Medieval Studies Institute

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The Certificate in Medieval Studies is designed for undergraduates interested in the medieval period within their own areas of specialization who are seeking additional training in preparation for graduate work. The program also provides students majoring in the sciences, social sciences, and business with the opportunity to take a broad range of courses in the humanities and yet maintain focus in their work.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Language. Two (2) courses at the 200–499 level from the Medieval Languages list:
    • Arabic
    • Greek
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Old English
    • Old Icelandic
    • Old Norse
    • Old Provençal (through the Institute)
    • Persian
  2. Historical Survey. One (1) course:
    • Historical survey class related to medieval studies approved by the Institute's Director
  3. Electives. Five (5) courses:
    • Additional medieval course(s) offered through other departments with approval of the Institute
  4. Certificate Breadth. Courses used to fulfill certificate requirements must be taken from at least three (3) different departments.
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.