Paul E. Szarmach, Director and Advisor
104E Walwood Hall
Knowledge of medieval and Renaissance culture is essential to an understanding of modern culture. The Medieval Institute was established by the University to develop and coordinate interdisciplinary programs in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In addition to an undergraduate minor, the Institute offers a graduate program leading to an M.A. in Medieval Studies.
Western Michigan University has library resources and faculty to provide a good academic environment for the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Institute organizes and hosts the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies which has brought the University wide recognition throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Institute’s publishing program, Medieval Institute Publications, publishes significant current research in all areas of medieval studies.
Medieval Studies Minor (24 hours)
Students with an undergraduate minor must complete twenty-four hours, to include the following:
Fifteen additional hours of course work selected from the list below, with the approval of the Director. The student should take care that the courses selected represent the interdisciplinary nature of Medieval Studies; therefore, a maximum of two courses from each category may be credited toward the minor.