Why Global Medieval Studies?

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The minor in Global Medieval Studies is not only interdisciplinary but bespoke: students design individualized programs of study in consultation with a faculty advisor to create a course of study that complements or supplements their major or unique interests. With accomplished faculty who teach in 11 different academic departments and a flexible inventory of courses, the Global Medieval Studies program challenges students to critically engage with the events, people, arts, and ideas from late antiquity to the early modern period that shaped the world in which we live. 

Global Potential 

Boston University’s Global Medieval Studies program is at the forefront of encouraging undergraduate learning and research that engages with pre-modern to modern Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in addition to Europe, Britain, and the Americas.

Students benefit from diverse Global Medieval Studies faculty spread across the College of Arts & Sciences, including faculty from the departments of Archaeology, Anthropology, Classical Studies, English, History, History of Art & Architecture, Musicology, Philosophy, Romance Studies, Religion, and World Languages & Literatures, who are active contributors within their scholarly fields.



“Four Gospels in Armenian”, Scribe Margar for the monastery of St. George at Mokk’ at the order of Bishop Sion, Turkey. Fifteenth century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Public Domain.

“Candace Shows Alexander His Portrait”, Iran. Sixteenth century, The British Library. Public Domain.

“Four Gospels in Armenian, The Marriage at Cana / The Betrayal”, Turkey. Fifteenth century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Public Domain.

“The Miscellany of Iskander Sultan”, Iran. Fifteenth century, The British Library. Public Domain.