The Medieval Institute, founded in 1946, promotes research and teaching on the multiple cultures, languages, and religions of the medieval period and their interrelations. Our institute fosters an interdisciplinary intellectual community through advancing scholarship in our world-class medieval library collection; hosting research visitors from this country and abroad; sponsoring lectures, conferences, and other academic events; and serving as a premier center in the United States for training students in medieval studies. We offer both an undergraduate major and a Ph.D. program in medieval studies; students can work with over eighty faculty medievalists from a dozen different departments around the university. The Medieval Institute coordinates and facilitates the activities of the largest contingent of medievalists of any North American university.
The Medieval Institute affirms the understanding that individuals possess innate dignity, an idea underscored by the Judeo-Christian belief that all persons are made in the image and likeness of God. Informed by the University of Notre Dame’s “Spirit of Inclusion” statement (1997), the Medieval Institute welcomes "all people, regardless of color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social or economic class, and nationality" and works to sustain an inclusive environment.