Summer Study

Summer at ND
Summer on the Notre Dame campus

During the summer, the Medieval Institute regularly offers classes in medieval languages and paleography to graduate students and qualified undergraduates from Notre Dame and elsewhere. Occasional offerings are also available in history, English, theology, languages, and other fields. While in summer residence, students have access to the bountiful resources of the Medieval Institute and its renowned library.

Most summer courses run for six weeks between June and July, an ideal time to enjoy the luxury of uninterrupted study in the pastoral setting of the Notre Dame campus. Participants in the summer program benefit both from the expertise and commitment to their disciplines that our summer faculty members bring to their teaching and from the smaller enrollments and shorter, concentrated duration of most summer classes, which also permit sustained and frequent contact between student and teacher. While graduate students, especially, find the summer session to be an ideal opportunity to acquire the skills they need for their degree programs, these classes also appeal to others imbued with a love of the Middle Ages.

Enrollment and Costs

For course enrollment and general information, visit the Summer Session web site. Enrollment for all summer courses follows the deadlines and procedures of the University’s Office of the Summer Session

Please consult the Summer Session Tuition & Financial Aid page for information on tuition costs, housing, meals, insurance, and other fees.

CARA Tuition Scholarships

The Medieval Academy of America (through its Committee on Centers and Regional Associations, CARA) offers a limited number of stipends for graduate students taking summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies. Scholarship applicants must be student members of the Medieval Academy with at lease one year of graduate school remaining. Both the Medieval Institute’s “Medieval Latin” and “Latin Paleography” classes qualify for this stipend program. Read information on joining the Medieval Academy and its very reasonable student dues. 

For complete information, including the application deadline, see CARA Summer Programs and Tuition Scholarships.

Summer 2018 Courses

Please check back each spring for the upcoming summer's course offerings.

Online registration for Summer 2018 classes begins March 21. 

MI 40004/60004: Medieval Latin

Taught by Dr. David T. Gura, Curator of Ancient & Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame.
Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

This course is designed for students already proficient in Classical Latin to develop the ability to read and comprehend Medieval Latin prose and poetry. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the morphological, grammatical, and orthographic forms used in Medieval Latin. Students will also augment and supplement their Classical Latin vocabulary with late antique and medieval words and idioms. Through reading a selection of texts from the fourth through fifteenth century, students will acquire advanced translation skills to render Latin prose and poetry into smooth, readable English.

NB: Students who take Medieval Latin for credit are eligible to compete for the Medieval Academy of America’s CARA (Centers and Regional Associations) scholarships, which provide full tuition for either course. Visit for application details and eligibility information.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory and recent completion of Elementary and Intermediate Classical Latin. This is NOT an introductory Latin course. Students are expected to be familiar with Latin grammar, vocabulary, and to have read beyond the introductory level in previous course work.

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MI 60022 Diplomatics: The Science of Reading Medieval Documents

Taught by Reverend Canon Doctor Federico Gallo, Director of the Ambrosiana Library and of its Department of Classics (Classe di Studi Greci e Latini dell'Accademia Ambrosiana).
Open to graduate students only.

One of the most fascinating disciplines in Medieval Studies is Diplomatics. Though loosely connected with “diplomacy” through its Greek root diploma, the scholarly discipline of Diplomatics is in fact the science of reading medieval documents. Such documents, which include decrees, letters, and charters, are composed in Latin on parchment or paper (rarely, papyrus) and are written in specific formats by a chancery or notary. The discipline began in the seventeenth century in continental Europe in connection with paleography (though in the English-speaking world it has come to signify a history of British chanceries). This course presents the multifaceted Continental tradition of the discipline, including work on public and private documents, external and internal characteristics, chronology, seals, tradition, conservation, research, and Papal Diplomatics. Coursework will consist both of theoretical lessons and of practical exercises of reading and interpreting.

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