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A&S—Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Students doing graduate work in the Medieval and Renaissance periods require a particularly broad interdisciplinary background. To meet this need, the faculty involved in MRST at the University of Pittsburgh have instituted a certificate program that is designed to enrich the student’s work in the major department while allowing the student to undertake inventive interdisciplinary projects.

Each year the MRST Program organizes a series of lectures featuring visiting national and international scholars and distinguished speakers from the Pittsburgh area. We collaborate with PCMRS, the Pittsburgh Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (www.medren.org), in regularly bringing together faculty and graduate students from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, and many other area universities. 

Contact Information

Associate Professor: Jennifer Waldron
Main Office: 1309 Cathedral of Learning
412-624-5225
Fax: 412-624-8505
E-mail: jwaldron@pitt.edu
http://www.medren.pitt.edu/

Additional information regarding the graduate program may be requested from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Administrator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-624-5225. Fax: 412-624-8505.

Admissions

For admission, students declare to the major advisor in their primary department their intention to work for the additional Certificate of Advanced Study in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. This may be done at any time during the student’s course of study.

 

Requirements for the Certificate

For students wishing to complete the MRST certificate at the graduate level, the most important requirement is a research paper focused on medieval and/or Renaissance Studies. As specified by the University, a MA certificate also requires at least 15 credits (5 courses) and a PhD certificate requires 18 credits (6 courses). Many of these credits may be drawn from coursework already required for the student’s degree in the home department (for instance, the requirements for English, HAA, or French and Italian). Working with the Director of MRST, the student will create an individually tailored course of study that gives consideration both to the requirements of home departments and to the importance of interdisciplinary study.

MA Certificate Requirements

1. A major interdisciplinary research paper in medieval and/or Renaissance studies. This may be either an MA thesis or a substantial term paper (20 – 30 pages).

2. At least two graduate courses focused on medieval and/or Renaissance studies. We strongly encourage students to take courses outside of their home departments. In some cases—involving, for instance, infrequent course offerings or research abroad—students may petition the Director to reduce the number of courses required.

3. We strongly recommend (but do not require) that MA certificate candidates acquire a reading knowledge of at least one language other than English.

4. A one-page cover letter attached to the research paper. The letter should be addressed to the Program Director and should use direct language and specific examples. In this letter, we would like you to reflect on what you have learned from earning a certificate from the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

PhD Certificate Requirements

1. A PhD thesis of an interdisciplinary nature focused on medieval and/or Renaissance studies.

2. At least four graduate courses focused on medieval and/or Renaissance studies. We strongly encourage students to take courses outside of their home departments. In some cases—involving, for instance, infrequent course offerings or research abroad—students may petition the Director to reduce the number of courses required.

3. A reading knowledge of one language other than English. We also strongly recommend (but do not require) that PhD certificate candidates acquire a reading knowledge of Latin.

4. A one-page cover letter attached to the thesis. The letter should be addressed to the Program Director and should use direct language and specific examples. In this letter, we would like you to reflect on what you have learned from earning a certificate from the Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

 

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