Study everything from Irish language to Byzantine theology to German literature to Islamic thought to French cultural history to Italian art to Middle-English manuscripts to Carolingian music to Patristic Biblical exegesis to Syriac grammar. Our graduate and undergraduate programs put you in the seminar rooms of premier scholars of all these subjects—and more. You’ll meet the whole Middle Ages here.


The Medieval Institute at Notre Dame is the leading center for the advanced study of medieval culture in the United States. In our Ph.D. program—which draws on the expertise of more than fifty faculty fellows—future scholars will acquire the three things most essential to writing an outstanding dissertation: superb technical training in languages and sources, immersion in the most important contemporary scholarly discussions, and an exhilarating, interdisciplinary approach. Generous fellowship support and light service demands allow our graduate students to devote themselves fully to their course of study.


Do something practical (and amazing): major in Medieval Studies! The great leaders and innovators have always been masters of the Liberal Arts. There’s no better way to accomplish that than by majoring (or minoring) in Medieval Studies at Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, the most renowned center for the study of the Middle Ages in the United States. Among our most recent grads are investment bankers, Ph.D. students, teachers, lawyers, medical-school graduates, and Catholic seminarians. With a program individually tailored to your interests and goals, you’ll find that studying the Middle Ages—the crossroads of everything—can lead you anywhere.


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, and other fields. While in summer residence, students have access to the abundant resources of the Medieval Institute and its renowned library.

Omnia disce. Videbis postea nihil esse superfluum. (Learn everything, and you will see afterward that nothing is superfluous.)

Hugh of St. Victor (d. 1141), Didascalicon 6.3