Department of History
Enameled grave slab of Geoffrey, count of Anjou, duke of Normandy (d. 1150), from the Musee de Tesse, Le Mans, France

Enameled grave slab of Geoffrey, count of Anjou, duke of Normandy (d. 1150), from the Musee de Tesse, Le Mans, France.

Mosaic portrait of Bishop Ecclesius of Ravenna, San Vitale, Ravenna, mid-6th c.

Mosaic portrait of Bishop Ecclesius of Ravenna, San Vitale, Ravenna, mid-6th c.

Medieval History

Indiana University has a great deal to offer students interested in medieval history. Medieval studies faculty offer a range of courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, covering Western Europe and the eastern Mediterranean from Late Antiquity to the later Middle Ages. The history faculty actively participate in the university’s Medieval Studies Institute, which includes faculty and students from twenty different departments, and which sponsors talks and other activities of interest to medievalists.

At the undergraduate level, medieval course offerings include three different one-semester surveys of medieval history, upper-level surveys of early medieval, later medieval, and Byzantine history, and lecture courses and seminars on specific topics such as the Black Death, the Crusades, Anglo-Saxon England, The Carolingian empire, chivalry, medieval chronicles, and the conversion of Europe to Christianity. The Ancient, Jewish, and East Asian history faculty also offer several relevant courses. Many students who take these classes participate in the undergraduate minor in Medieval Studies offered by the Medieval Studies Institute.

Graduate students who are interested in medieval history are able to take advantage of a similar range of opportunities. Recent graduate courses offered by history faculty have included “Historical Writing in the Middle Ages, Ethnicity and Identity in the Middle Ages, Biography to Hagiography,” and “Medieval Rome.” It is possible for graduate students to minor in thematic fields such as Gender and Sexuality, Cultural History, Jewish History, or World History, or to work also in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

In addition, the Medieval Studies Institute offers a graduate Area Certificate and a Ph.D. minor in medieval studies, through which history students can take courses in a variety of different disciplines to complement their historical studies. Every spring, the Medieval Studies Institute’s graduate symposium provides students with the opportunity to give and listen to scholarly papers on a wide range of subjects.

Affiliated Faculty

For information on our Graduate program requirements and guidelines see the “Guide to Graduate Study in History”, “Graduate School Bulletin” and the “Ph.D. Qualifying Exam Guidelines”.