Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)

The Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) offers students an interdisciplinary opportunity to focus their studies in early literatures, history, and culture (ca. 500-1500). The certificate not only benefits graduate students pursuing MA, MALS, MFA, and Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degrees in traditional fields, such as Art History, English, History, and Theatre but also provides an opportunity for education professionals to pursue further study in the pre-modern period as professional development and enhancement.

Required Courses
ENGLISH 5564/HISTORY 5583GRMedieval Methods & Paleography3
MALS Capstone Experience or Thesis 13
Four three-hour graduate medieval or early modern courses 212
Total Credits18

The Capstone Experience or Thesis could be a written academic thesis or another kind of project, as developed by the student and his/her committee.


The four elective courses must be distributed between at least two academic disciplines (e.g. English and History) and must include at least one three-credit medieval course and one three-credit early modern course.         

Strongly recommended: Two Years College-level Proficiency in Latin

Admission Process

Applicants must be admitted to UMKC’s School of Graduate Studies and by a graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Application materials can be obtained from SGS.


Dr. Virginia Blanton, Department of English   (816) 235-2766

Dr. Linda E. Mitchell, Department of History (816)235-2734

List of Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Courses in Medieval and Early Modern Studies are found primarily in the departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, but there is also an opportunity to collaborate with faculty members at the Conservatory of Music and Dance. The courses that would fulfill the requirements of the graduate certificate include graduate colloquia focusing on the pre-modern period, undergraduate/graduate hybrid courses (at the 300-400 level for undergrads and 5500 for graduates), special topics courses, directed readings courses with affiliated faculty, and independent studies courses with affiliated faculty.  Courses appropriate to the program will be approved on a case-by-case basis.

ART-HIST 5570Seminar In Renaissance Art3
ART-HIST 5575Seminar In Baroque Art3
ENGLISH 5503Old English3
ENGLISH 5512Chaucer3
ENGLISH 5513Renaissance Literature I3
ENGLISH 5514Milton3
ENGLISH 5515Restoration And Early 18th-Century British Literature3
ENGLISH 5522Medieval Literature3
ENGLISH 5523Renaissance Literature II3
ENGLISH 5531Late 18th-Century British Literature3
ENGLISH 5533Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing3
ENGLISH 5550/5555Graduate Seminar (where appropriate)3
ENGLISH 5551Shakespeare Comedies And Histories3
ENGLISH 5552Early English Drama3
ENGLISH 5561Shakespeare:Tragedies And Romances3
ENGLISH 5562Restoration And 18th- Century Drama3
ENGLISH 5564/HISTORY 5583GRMedieval Methods & Paleography3
ENGLISH 5566CF/FRENCH 5500CFCourts And Culture In The Middle Ages3
FRENCH 551217th-century French Literature3
FRENCH 551318th-century French Literature3
FRENCH 5514Medieval Literature3
FRENCH 551716th-century French Literature3
FRENCH 5520Non-Dramatic 17th-century French Literature3
FRENCH 5540Medieval Romance3
FRENCH 5544Renaissance Poetry3
FRENCH 5545Epistolarity and the Novel3
FRENCH 554617th-century French Drama3
FRENCH 5552Medieval Poetry3
FRENCH 5554The Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution3
HISTORY 5502America,1000-1763: The Formative Era3
HISTORY 5506A/RELIG-ST 5506History of Christianity to Middle Ages3
HISTORY 5507A/RELIG-ST 5507The History of Christianity from the Middle Ages to the Present3
HISTORY 5511/5512Medieval Civilization I3
HISTORY 5512AMedieval Women & Children3
HISTORY 5512BThe Black Death And Late Medieval Society3
HISTORY 5513Renaissance3
HISTORY 5514Reformation3
HISTORY 5515B17Th And 18Th Century European History3
HISTORY 5525REuropean Criminal Justice History, 500-19003
HISTORY 5526RThe Scientific Revolution 1500-17003
HISTORY 5528BWomen & Medicine:Patients & Practitioners From Antiquity-Present3
HISTORY 5531Medieval England, 1066 to 14853
HISTORY 5532Tudor-England, 1485-16883
HISTORY 5544Islam & the Arabs: The Formative Period3
HISTORY 5562JJapanese Civilization3
HISTORY 5576RMedieval Jewish History3
HISTORY 558XColloquia in History (when appropriate)
RELIG-ST 5502Religion & Colonialism in Latin America3
SPANISH 5516Medieval Spanish Literature3
SPANISH 5519/5520Federico Garcia Lorca3
SPANISH 5527Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Literature3
SPANISH 5533Cervantes' Exemplary Novels3
SPANISH 5534The Picaresque Novel3
THEATRE 5512RHistory Of The English Stage I3
CONSVTY 5547Opera History3
CONSVTY 5554Music of the Medieval Era3
CONSVTY 5555Music Of The Renaissance3
CONSVTY 5556Music of the Baroque Era3
CONSVTY 5557Music of the Classical Era3