Courses available to students in Medieval Studies are taught through the departments of Art and Art History, English, History, Literatures Cultures and Languages, and Music. The following represents courses offered.

Graduate Courses for Academic Year 2016-2017

Fall 2016:


  • ENGL 5315: Survey in Medieval Literature – Fiona Somerset
  • ENGL 6315: Anglo-Norman Literature: From the Channel to the Mediterranean – Francis Gingras (Charles A. Owen, JR. Visiting Professor)

French and Francophone Studies:

  • FREN 5353: Old French Literature – Anne Berthelot

Italian Literary and Cultural Studies:

  • ILCS 5330: The Literature of Origins – Andrea Celli

Spring 2017:


  • ENGL 6310: Seminar in Beowulf – Robert Hasenfratz
  • ENGL 6315: Seminar in Medieval Literature: Book History at the Medieval/Renaissance Moment – Kathleen Tonry

French and Francophone Studies:

  • FREN 6040: The Middle Ages at the Movies – Anne Berthelot and Roger Célestin


  • HIST 5316: Topics in Medieval History – Sherri Olson


Courses Regularly Offered

Chaucer (ENGL 5318; biennially)

Medieval Latin (CAMS 3232)

Old English (ENGL 5310; fall semester, biennially)

Seminar in Beowulf (ENGL 6310; spring semester, biennially)

Seminar in Medieval Literature (ENGL 5315; biennially)

Topics in Medieval History (HIST 5316; spring semester, annually)


Visiting Professor Courses

For over thirty years, the Medieval Studies Program has hosted the Charles A. Owen, Jr. Visiting Professor to teach an intensive graduate seminar during the month of September. Below is a list of recent Visiting Professors and their courses.

2015: Dyan Elliott, Northwestern University, “The Medieval Church as School for Scandal”
2014: Henrike Lähnemann, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, “The Nuns’ Manuscripts”
2013: Barbara Bombi, University of Kent, “The Medieval Papacy”
2012: Julia Boffey, Queen Mary, University of London, “Being an Author, 1450-1550”
2011: Simon Horobin, University of Oxford, “Reading the Medieval Book”
2010: Paul Russell, University of Cambridge, “The Learned Contexts of Literature in Medieval Ireland and Wales”
2009: Daniel Wakelin, University of Cambridge, “The Implications of Material Texts”
2008: Henrietta Leyser, St. University of Oxford “Piety and Place in England 1000-1300”
2007: Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, University of York “The French of England: Documentary and Literary Cultures”
2006: Robert Mills, King’s College, University of London “The Body of the Medieval Friend”
2005: Diane Watt, University of Wales, “Women and Writing in the Middle Ages”
2004: Miri Rubin, University of London, “Mary – An Intimate History of Christian Culture”
2003: James Simpson, University of Cambridge, “Suffering History: Exemplary Lives in Medieval Literature”
2002: Donald Scragg, University of Manchester, “The Editing of Old English”
2001: Derek Pearsall, Harvard University, “Text and Image, 1200-1500”
2000: Maire Ni Mhaonaigh, University of Cambridge, “Medieval Irish Narrative Literature”