Undergraduate Program

FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT, study the world of: Joan of Arc, Boccaccio, Robin Hood, Chaucer, King Arthur, Thomas Aquinas, Muhammad, Saladin, Maimonides, Beowulf, Heloise & Abelard, Genghis Khan, Marco Polo, and a host of other medieval folk. Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Linda Major to declare a major or minor in Medieval Studies.

The Medieval Institute is one of Notre Dame’s oldest and most renowned centers of learning. It offers an exciting and unparalleled interdisciplinary undergraduate program that embodies the original liberal arts ideal, drawing classes and faculty from History, Philosophy, Theology, English, Classics, Music, Romance Languages, Art History, Anthropology, German and Russian, Political Science, and Irish Language and Literature. In addition to its multidisciplinary emphasis, Medieval Studies at Notre Dame offers students a unique opportunity to integrate a program of study from the Islamic, Jewish, Eastern and Western Christian traditions.

With an emphasis on close reading, precise textual analysis, careful writing, and vigorous discussion, the program is designed to foster critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and a heightened appreciation of history, language, religion, and culture. The breadth and depth of Medieval Studies, individually tailored to each student’s interests and goals, offers its graduates unsurpassed preparation for graduate school, law school, medical school, or various professions in business, government, education, publishing, ministry, curatorship, information/library science, and other fields.

Medieval Studies offers four tracks:

Medieval Studies Major (30 credits)

Medieval Studies Honors (36 credits)

Medieval Studies Supplementary Major (24 credits)

Medieval Studies Minor (15 credits)

In addition to its vibrant and challenging curriculum, MI undergraduates also can participate in colloquia, internships, lectures, research projects, study abroad (including a niche program at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland), clubs, and social activities—movies, music, plays, and other special events.

Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes of all of our graduates, including Medieval Studies majors.