Medieval Cultures focuses on the 6th-15th centuries, combining interdisciplinary perspectives with in-depth study of one or two related disciplines.

Late Antique Cultures deals with the 3rd-9th centuries, when ancient cultural forms were still in place but medieval cultures were beginning to take shape simultaneously. The first undergraduate degree of its kind in this country, Late Antique Cultures studies the changing relation of cultural practices, social patterns, political and economics forms, and artistic and literary traditions in this important transition period.

A traditional area of study in Medieval Cultures is Western Europe in the High Middle Ages, but students are encouraged to work comparatively in Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic and/or Slavic cultures in the middle ages.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Gain in-depth knowledge of Roman and medieval history, religions, and cultural production
  • Develop advanced skills in critical reading and thinking
  • Learn to read a medieval language or ancient Greek, Latin, or Hebrew
  • Complete an original research project


  • Late Antique Cultures

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Charles (Charlie) Steinman, Debra (Ella) Burguera-Couce

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2019 2 2 2


Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Mercedes Vaquero