Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Middle Ages and Renaissance were times of medieval ideas and cultural renewal. Explore the history, architecture, culture, art, military and technology of these time periods through historic texts, classical languages and period arts.


The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies has established a certificate program for undergraduate students interested in medieval and Renaissance studies which reflects the transdisciplinary nature of the field.

The program provides students the opportunity to take classes from several disciplines and to receive training in Latin, the international language of the periods, and other early vernacular languages. Completion of the certificate program prepares undergraduate students for advanced study in their fields.

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

In addition to the course work and examinations required in a student's major field of study, students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours to earn the certificate:

two semesters (6-8 credit hours) of classical Latin or biblical Hebrew
two semesters (6-8 credit hours) of either classical or Medieval Latin, biblical Hebrew, or of a vernacular language of the period (e.g., Old English, Old Norse, Old French, Renaissance Italian)
two semesters (6 credit hours) of upper-division course work (300-level or above) in medieval and Renaissance studies outside the student's major discipline
a thesis of approximately 25 pages in length written within the student's major discipline for an upper-division course on a topic concerning the Middle Ages or Renaissance*

*Students may earn three course credits for the thesis if taken as an individualized instruction course (e.g., ENG 499, HST 499, REL 499) at ASU. The thesis may be used to fulfill the thesis requirement for students enrolled in the Honors College.

A minimum of a "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) is required in all course work leading to the certificate.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Admission Requirements

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.