Associate Professor Bonnie Wheeler, Director
The Master of Arts in Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary cultural studies degree program based in Dedman College and designed to encourage students to acquire not only strong disciplinary training but also broadly based sensitivity to medieval cultures, contexts and intellectual currents. It draws upon courses in the Western Middle Ages as well as upon Byzantine and Islamic subjects offered by other departments in Dedman College, the Meadows School of the Arts and the Perkins School of Theology. It may be taken as a terminal degree. It is also intended to serve students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in a medieval field, since it will enable such students to gain a broad interdisciplinary acquaintance with the Middle Ages before narrowing their work to a specialized field at the doctoral level.
Prospective students will apply through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and must meet the requirements outlined by that office.
Students must earn 30 term hours, with the following requirements:
1. Twenty-four hours to be taken in graduate level courses and seminars, to be distributed in at least three broad subject areas in medieval studies: 1) history, 2) literature and 3) music and visual arts. No more than 12 hours and no less than three hours may be applied in each area. Students are encouraged to take courses in philosophy, religious studies and church history when available.
2. Three hours in non-medieval courses may be taken in the student’s major disciplinary area of concentration with approval of the director of Medieval Studies.
3. Competence, demonstrated by examination, in intermediate Latin and one other foreign or medieval language.
4. A thesis carrying six hours of credit linking materials and methods of more than one discipline, to be guided by a committee of the director of Medieval Studies and professors from the two major subject areas covered by the thesis.
Competence in intermediate Latin and one other foreign or medieval language must be demonstrated by examination. The Dallas Medieval Consortium makes it possible for SMU students to enroll in regularly offered advanced Latin courses at the University of Dallas.
A model program for a student interested particularly in historical discourse might include HIST 5364, 5370, 6385 and 5378. In addition, the student might take ENGL 6324, ARHS 6327, 6329 and HX 8321. A student primarily interested in literary discourse might take ENGL 6320, 6321, 6322, HIST 5364, 6352, ARHS 6322, 6325 and HX 8321. A student primarily interested in the visual arts might put together a very coherent program using ARHS 6322, 6325, 6328, 6327 in combination with HIST 6350, 5364, ENGL 6320 and HX 8321.
Regularly offered courses include the following:
ENGL 6320. Medieval Literature. Studies in Medieval Literary-Cultural History Through 1500.
ENGL 6321. Readings in Medieval Literature.
ENGL 6322. Readings in Medieval Literature.
ENGL 6393. Graduate Seminar. (when applicable)
FREN 5320. Literary Periods. (when applicable)
FREN 5370. Seminar in French Literature. (when applicable)
SPAN 5310. Spanish Literature before 1700.
HIST 5364. City of God: Utopias in Christian Tradition.
HIST 5378. Medieval Renaissances.
HIST 6349. Problems in Medieval History.
HIST 6350. Problems in Medieval History.
HIST 5370. Seminar in French History: History of France I (Paleolithic-1461).
HIST 6352. Problems in Medieval Spanish History.
HIST 6385. Problems in British History. (when applicable)
MDVL 5301. Independent Studies.
MDVL 5302. Independent Studies.
MDVL 5398. Independent Studies.
MDVL 5399. Independent Studies.
MDVL 6398. Thesis.
MDVL 6399. Thesis.
ARHI 5320. Seminar in Medieval Art (French Gothic Architecture).
ARHI 5321. Medieval Art.
ARHI 5328. Seminar in Byzantine Art.
ARHI 5340. Seminar in Medieval Spanish Art.
ARHI 6322. Islamic Art and Architecture.
ARHI 6324. Carolingian and Ottonian Art.
ARHI 6325. Age of the Crusades.
ARHI 6326. Art and the Italian Commune, 1250-1348.
ARHI 6327. French Gothic Architecture.
ARHI 6328. Byzantine Art.
ARHI 6329. Early Christian Art.
ARHI 6341. From Altamira to the Alhambra: Spanish Art I.
ARHS 6345. The City of Florence, 1300-1450.
MUHI 6309. Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Musical Styles.
MUHI 6331. History of Theory from the Greeks to the 15th Century.
MUHI 6362. Analysis of Pretonal Music.
MUHI 6392. Directed Studies in Music History: The Middle Ages.
HX 7312. Early Christian Art.
HX 8321. History of Christian Doctrine.