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    Graduate Program Advisor:
    Dylan Gauntt
    Humanities 267

    Department of English Language and Literature

    MSC03 2170
    1 University of New Mexico
    Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

    Physical Location:
    Second Floor

    Phone: (505) 277-6347
    Fax: (505) 277-0021

    Medieval Studies

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    The Medieval Studies Program in English first took form in 1982 as a modest undergraduate minor and has since developed into a vibrant interdisciplinary program with a national and international scholarly reputation of its graduate students and faculty. Our classes provide deep and solid knowledge of medieval languages and literatures situated in their many contexts and nuanced with judicious applications of modern literary theory. In the classroom and in the larger community the Medieval Studies program blends language, context, and theory to provide world-class training. 

    Program Strengths

    English Medieval Faculty

    Jonathan Davis-Secord, Assistant Professor
    Anita Obermeier, Professor 

    For faculty in other medieval disciplines, see the profiles on the Institute for Medieval Studies website

    Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate students have two options for programs in Medieval Studies

    1. English majors may select the Medieval Language and Literature Track

    This track is designed for students with interest in medieval English literature, including Beowulf, Chaucer, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and many other texts and authors. The classes listed below offer a fascinating course of study for students who simply love the Middle Ages and provide a solid foundation for students interested in attending graduate school for Medieval Studies. The Fundamental Courses immerse students in the most important languages and medieval texts, while the Important Courses provide larger medieval context and introductions to other, important works. The Related Courses expand the contextual view and give an introduction to broad paradigms useful in studying medieval literature.

    Course descriptions are available in the online catalog.

    Fundamental Courses
    ENGL 348. Medieval Culture
    ENGL 351. Chaucer
    ENGL 447. Old English
    ENGL 448. Advanced Old English
    ENGL 449. Middle English Language
    ENGL 450. Middle English Literature

    Important Courses
    ENGL 248. Topics in Popular Medieval Literature and Studies
    ENGL 294. Survey of Earlier English Literature
    ENGL 306. Arthurian Legend and Romance
    ENGL 347. Viking Mythology
    ENGL 349. From Beowulf to Arthur
    ENGL 350. Medieval Tales of Wonder
    ENGL 445. History of the English Language
    ENGL 451. Topics in Medieval Studies 

    Related Courses
    ENGL 292. World Literatures: Ancient World through the 16th Century
    ENGL 304. The Bible as Literature
    ENGL 335. Topics in French Literature and Culture in Translation (when appropriate)
    ENGL 336. Topics in German Literature and Culture in Translation (when appropriate)
    ENGL 337. Topics in Italian Literature and Culture in Translation (when appropriate)

    2. Any undergraduate student may choose the cross-disciplinary Medieval Studies Minor that is offered through the Institute for Medieval Studies, allowing students to take courses in Art History, English, History, Philosophy, and Spanish. 


    MA Concentration in Medieval Studies

    The M.A. Concentration in Medieval Studies is designed for students who wish to pursue an multi-disciplinary Master's degree in medieval English literature. The course of study offers a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary foundation for the study of the Middle Ages, and hence would appeal to students who wish to continue their studies in the medieval period above the BA level. It will also appeal to secondary school teachers who are seeking a multi-disciplinary content-intensive MA degree. Finally, the MA Concentration prepares the student for the PhD Concentration in Medieval Studies.

    Learn about MA requirements in Medieval Studies here.


    PhD Concentration in Medieval Studies

    The multi-disciplinary PhD Concentration in Medieval Studies offers advanced students alternative means of acquiring bodies of knowledge presently isolated in separate disciplines. Rich in content, the course of study differs from the typical PhD in Medieval English Literature in that it involves diverse departments (such as Art History, English, History, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Spanish, and Philosophy) and presents exciting and provocative points of intersection between the literatures and cultures of the Middle Ages and the present. The program's objective is to produce students with proficiency both in Old and Middle English language and literature.

    Learn about PhD requirements in Medieval Studies here.



    Anita Obermeier
    Director of Medieval Studies 
    Humanities 317
    (505) 277-3103  

    Dylan Gauntt
    Graduate Administrative Assistant
    Humanities 267
    (505) 277-4437


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