Jun 12, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2011-12 
Graduate Catalog 2011-12 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate Program in the History of Monastic Movements

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Advisor: E. Rozanne Elder
Director, Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies
210E Walwood Hall

Monastic institutions dotted the medieval European landscape and communities of married and celibate persons have existed in many religious traditions, occidental and oriental, and in many centuries. This graduate certificate offers an inter-disciplinary approach and a multi-faceted and integrative perspective to the study of the social and historical circumstances within these institutions and the literary, intellectual, popular, artistic and architectural expressions of these myriad movements.

The Graduate Certificate in the History of Monastic Movements is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Western Michigan University. The certificate requires 18 credit hours of approved courses, including a Seminar on Monastic and Communitarian Movements offered by faculty of one or more of the participating departments or institutes.

Program requirements

Students are required to receive at least a “B” in the following courses (or in equivalent courses taken at other institutions).


  • At least 11 additional credit hours in graduate courses on related topics (see list below).
  • Intermediate-level reading knowledge of a modern language, demonstrated by examination or by a course (not to be counted among the 18 hours) appropriate to the student’s field of concentration.

Course List:

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