Head: Alison Cornish, Romance Languages and Literatures
Executive Committee: Peggy McCracken (Romance Language), Director, Erdem Cipa (Near Eastern Stds), Cathy Sanok (English), Celeste Brusati (Art History), French (History)
Professors: Baxter (ALC), Behar (Anthro), Boccaccini (NES), Bonner (NES/History), Borders (Music), Brown (ALC), Brusati (Art Hist), Cameron (Classical stds), Chang (History), Caston (Philosophy),Cornish (RLL), Deshpande (ALC), Dworkin (Rom Lang), Frier (Classics, Law), Garcia Santo-Tomas ( RLL), Gazda (Art Hist), Gregerson (English), Goodman (Women’s Stds/History), Hawes (English/History), Hebert (Classical stds), Hoffmann (RLL), Holmes (HART), Knysh (NES), Lieberman (History), Lindner (History), Loeb (Phil), Lopez (ALC), Mallette (RLL, NES), Marcus (Anthro), McCracken (RLL), Miller (Law), Powers (Art Hist, Saxonhouse (PoliSci), Schmaltz (Philos), Schoenfieldt (English), Scodel (Classical Stds), Sears (HART), Sinopoli (Anthro), Squatriti (History), Stein (Music), Tonomura (History), Traub (English), Van Dam (History), White (Law), Whiting (Music)
Associate Professors: Babayan (NES/History), Brown (RC), Carr (HART), de Pee (History), Dufallo (Classical Stds), Eliav (NES), Fancy (History), Fortson (Classical Stds), Ginsburg (NES), Hagen (NES), Hughes (History), Mengozzi (Music), Mir (History), Mullaney (English), Rolston (ALC), Parrish (English), Sanok (English), Soo (Architecture), Szpiech (RLL), Taylor (English), Timmermann (HART), Toon (English), Trevor (English), Verdesio (RLL), Zwicker (ALC)
Assistant Professors: Erin Brightwell (ALC), Chachani (HART), Chatterji (HART), Cipa (NES/History), Green- Jackson (ALC), Kile (ALC), Mercado (RLL), Nemser (RLL)
Lecturers: Brandolino (English), Markus (Classical Stds), Marwil (History), Sowers (RC), Walsh (RC), Willette (HART/RC), Eric Beureuline (Rom Lang)
In addition to the specific requirements listed there, see
Programs section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.
Certificate of Graduate
The certificate in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ca. 500 to 1800 AD)
is designed to help Ph.D. students acquire an interdisciplinary grounding in
their area of expertise. The certificate program organizes activities to help
build community among students from different departments and encourages them to develop disciplinary, geographical, and chronological range. We feel strongly that one's own discipline is more clearly understood when its practices are located among those of other fields.
The MEMS certificate program is a flexible grouping of courses, but one course
is required for all students--the MEMS graduate proseminar. This class is
team-taught by faculty from different departments who model in the classroom the kinds of interdisciplinary enquiry the certificate program encourages. The proseminar may address various topics of the period: urbanization, courts, the roles of women, the impact of religion, colonialism, encounters between east and west, and nation-building, for example, but each course thinks hard about how to do interdisciplinary work. These courses also will be expected to focus on the distinctive character of premodern cultures and the special research problems and disciplinary challenges they present.
Along with the yearly MEMS proseminar, we offer a continuing prospectus-
and dissertation-writing seminar to give graduate students a clear sense of
an interdisciplinary community. This seminar will provide its participants an
opportunity to share their works-in-progress with peers from a variety of backgrounds and address issues of common interest in research, method, and writing across the disciplines. Credits for the certificate may be acquired in this seminar.
Any student with a bachelor's degree who has been admitted
to, or is currently enrolled in, a graduate program at the University is eligible
to apply for a Graduate Certificate in MEMS. Applicants should have at least
an A- average in their graduate coursework or (for entering students) in their undergraduate coursework and are expected to have reading knowledge of two foreign languages. Admissions take place throughout the year, and applications are reviewed by the MEMS Executive Committee on an ongoing basis. Students who wish to enter the program must submit the following:
- A letter outlining his or her reasons for wanting to receive MEMS certification
and explaining the rationale of the proposed course of study. The letter
should also explain the student's background in Medieval and/or Early Modern
- A current transcript demonstrating at least an A- average and language
- A letter of approval from the Director of Graduate Studies in the
student's home department.
Specific Course Requirements
MEMS is a 15-credit program; up
to 9 of the 15 credit hours may include coursework required for the
student's graduate or professional degree. Up to 3 credits may be accepted from non-credit experiential activity equivalent to at least a 3-credit hour course (such as an internship, practicum, research, professional project or similar experiences in areas such as codicology, paleography, or curating). Students will produce a 20-page term paper for the required proseminar; reading for the course will be around 150 pages per week.
Certificate students will be advised by the MEMS director, in consultation
with a MEMS faculty associate in the student's home unit. Students are encouraged
to meet with the director at least once per term to assess progress towards the certificate.