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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medieval Studies, M.A.

Degree Requirements

To earn the M.A. in medieval studies, students must complete 30 credit hours, with the following requirements:

  1. Twenty-four credit hours to be taken in graduate-level courses and seminars, to be distributed in at least three broad subject areas in medieval studies: a) history, b) literature, and c) music and visual arts. No more than 12 credit hours and no less than three credit hours may be applied in each area. Students are encouraged to take courses in philosophy, religious studies and church history when available.
  2. Three credit hours in nonmedieval courses may be taken in the student’s major disciplinary area of concentration with approval of the director of medieval studies.
  3. Competence, demonstrated by examination, in intermediate Latin and one other world or medieval language.
  4. A thesis carrying six credit hours of credit linking materials and methods of more than one discipline, to be guided by a committee of the director of medieval studies and professors from the two major subject areas covered by the thesis.


Competence in intermediate Latin and one other world or medieval language must be demonstrated by examination. The Dallas Medieval Consortium makes it possible for SMU students to enroll in regularly offered advanced Latin courses at the University of Dallas.

Historical Discourse

A model program for a student interested particularly in historical discourse might include:

Additional Course

In addition, the student might take:

Regularly Offered Courses

Regularly offered courses include the following: