Medieval and Renaissance Studies*

*Medieval and Renaissance Studies is offered exclusively as a concentration.

Program Director: Prof. Adam Kosto, 404 Fayerweather Hall, ajkosto@columbia.edu 

Program Administrator: Helen Schreiber, hcn2701@columbia.edu

Medieval and Renaissance studies is an interdisciplinary program in which a student combines a concentration in medieval or Renaissance civilization with a major or concentration in one of the following departments:

  • Art History and Archaeology
  • Classics
  • English and Comparative Literature
  • French and Romance Philology
  • Germanic Languages
  • History
  • Italian
  • Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion

For more information about the special concentration in medieval and Renaissance studies, visit http://medren.columbia.edu/.

Executive Committee of the Interdepartmental Committee on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • Susan Boynton (Music; Program Director, Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
  • Christopher Baswell (English and Comparative Literature)
  • Consuelo Dutschke (Rare Book and Manuscript Library)
  • Carmela Franklin (Classics)
  • Matthew Jones (History)
  • Holger Klein (Art History)
  • Adam Kosto (History)
  • Jesus Rodriguez-Velasco (Latin American and Iberian Cultures)
  • Pamela Smith (History)
  • Alan Stewart (English and Comparative Literature)

Special Concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Students considering the special concentration in medieval and Renaissance studies should consult with the director in advance of course registration to ensure that their selection of courses will count towards the special concentration.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a departmental major or concentration, students with this special concentration should plan on taking an additional 12 points of courses in other departments of the program, to be chosen in consultation with an appropriate member of the committee.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for a departmental major, students should plan on taking an additional 12 points of courses in other departments of the program, to be chosen in consultation with an appropriate member of the committee.

A reading knowledge of two languages is also required: normally they are Latin (as demonstrated by the completion of LATN UN1201 Intermediate Latin I or LATN UN1202 Intermediate Latin II) and the completion of the fourth term of one Romance or Germanic language. Language courses do not count toward the 12 points required for the special concentration.