Brown’s Program in Medieval Studies currently offers two concentrations: medieval cultures and late antique cultures. A concentration in medieval cultures focuses on the eighth through the fifteenth centuries and combines interdisciplinary perspectives on this period with in-depth study of one or two related disciplines. Late antique cultures deals with the third through the ninth centuries, when ancient cultural forms were still in place but medieval cultures were beginning to take shape simultaneously. The country’s first undergraduate degree of its field, the concentration in late antique cultures is organized to facilitate the study of human activity in all of its variety unrestricted by the conventional demarcations of classical and medieval studies. The concentration serves those students who are interested in the changing relation of the many kinds of cultural practices, social patterns, political, and economic forms, and artistic and literary traditions in this transitional period. The program encourages students to work in other cultural areas such as Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic, and Slavic studies in addition to a traditional area of study in Western Europe.
Director of the Program in Medieval Studies
Professor of Hispanic Studies
Providence, RI 02912