Summer Study

During the summer, the Medieval Institute regularly offers classes in medieval languages to graduate students and qualified undergraduates from Notre Dame and elsewhere. Occasional offerings are also available in paleography, diplomatics, 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.

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 2019 Courses

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

Online registration for Summer 2019 classes begins March 20.

MI 40004/60004, CLLA 60116/CLLA 40116: Medieval Latin

Monday through Thursday, 10:30am-12:10pm.

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 the CARA scholarships page 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

Days and Time TBA.

Taught by don Federico Gallo, Director of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

This course presents the multifaceted Continental tradition of diplomatics, 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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MI 30693/60693: Patristic and Byzantine Greek

Days and time TBA.

Taught by Charles Yost, Ph.D

The Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire holds a crucial place in the history of Greek letters. Not only did Byzantine scribes forge the vital link between antiquity and modernity, but Byzantine mystics, poets, philosophers, and statesmen have left behind a vast and varied corpus of texts expressing the diverse discourses contributing to the formation of Byzantium. In this course, students will engage this corpus through a survey of texts composed in different historical and geographical contexts and encompassing a variety of genres (including historiography, hagiography, mystical literature, and poetry). Students will also receive an introduction to Greek paleography. Prerequisite: At least three semesters of classical or Koine Greek.

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