Non-degree Specializations

In addition to the wide variety of topics that we offer on our courses and in supervision, the Medieval Studies and History Departments have developed non-degree specializations:

These specializations do not lead to a separate degree but they will be marked as a separate diploma. They allow for an additional focus in these study fields, but require enrollment in elective classes related to these specializations among the current offerings of the department or among cross-listed courses.


Research Focus Group

Students enrolled into the 1 Year MA program in Medieval Studies and the 2 Year MA in Comparative History: Late Antique, Medieval and Renaissance Studies can also specialize in cultural heritage studies under the label of “Research Focus” of

Students must register for their research focus with the director of the research focus by the end of the fall semester’s registration period and also indicate to the MA coordinator that they will be undertaking it.

Upon completion, a separate certificate will be issued by the Cultural Heritage Studies Program. This allows for an additional focus in the selected study field, but requires enrollment in elective classes related to these research groups among the current offerings of the department or among cross-listed courses. Focus group programs may or may not be offered every year.

Students must earn 10 elective credits in courses approved by the focus director as part of their over-all selection of electives. In addition, they must enroll in one 2-credit methodology class in the specialization each term (for a total of 4 credits), and the MA thesis must include substantial reference to the area of the specialization. If a course is approved for the specialization, it is noted on the list prepared by the focus director. During the Pre-Session, the director of the focus group makes a presentation at a special meeting dedicated to the specialization.