Medieval and Renaissance scholarship is inherently interdisciplinary (see the preeminent organizations in the field such as the Medieval Academy of America and the Renaissance Society of America). Although the Texas Tech University faculty includes many teachers and researchers working in medieval and Renaissance studies, they work within their individual academic disciplines, whose focused degree programs tend to discourage venturing outside of traditional academic departments. The aim of the Medieval & Renaissance Studies Center in general, and of its medieval and Renaissance graduate certificate program in particular is to provide a way to acknowledge and showcase more interdisciplinary efforts.
The graduate certificate program seeks to encourage a wider scholarly perspective. The acquisition of a certificate in medieval and Renaissance studies enables students to document their special interest with a specialty certificate. It showcases student work that takes fuller advantage of the wealth of expertise we have here on campus.
This certificate program is unique in the state of Texas. it can be taken as an end in itself. It can enhance a traditional degree. Or it can be used by students interested in medieval and Renaissance studies who are seeking to increase their linguistic skills and subject matter expertise while seeking a place in a traditional degree program.
The certificate requirements can be fulfilled in conjunction with other degree programs. Entry into the certificate program is not difficult. Courses applicable to the certificate are being offered now. Advisors are available to answer questions. For more information on graduate certificate programs, consult the Graduate School.