Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the many cultures of the European and Middle Eastern Middle Ages from the viewpoints of history, literature, religious studies, drama, art, and music.
Students build individual programs drawing on several different subject fields. In addition, cross-listed courses in the Medieval Studies Program put students in touch with medievalists both at UC Santa Barbara and in the larger scholarly community. Undergraduate students in the program are also invited to attend the medieval colloquium and lecture series. With the permission of the instructor and the Registrar, undergraduate students may enroll in graduate courses.
The program offers a PhD. Emphasis in European Medieval Studies, which all Ph.D. and M.A. candidates in the humanities are eligible to pursue. The emphasis has been developed primarily for Ph.D. candidates whose dissertations focus on Medieval Studies, but in keeping with out interdisciplinary interests, we also welcome graduate students from Early Modern Studies, Classics, and other related fields.
Each year, the program sponsors a series of mini-conferences and lectures open to all UCSB undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. The colloquium series puts interdisciplinarity in motion by bringing together distinguished medievalists and modernists, anthropologists and literary theorists, film scholars, and art historians. The series explores the role of medievalism in the contemporary world and the nature of the questions our contemporary world asks about the past. The colloquia include lectures by visiting medievalists, responses from UCSB faculty in other fields, panel and audience discussion and many opportunities for more informal conversation.