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* = Certificates are not technically a degree, but can be pursued to supplement a bachelor's degree

The Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is founded on the convictions that the period from c. 400 to c. 1800, conceived in a global context, is a dynamic cultural continuum and ever-evolving system; that the study of both the medieval and early modern periods in tandem sheds new light on each; and that the unity and diversity of the premodern world can be understood and appreciated only from an interdisciplinary perspective. Medieval and Early Modern Studies therefore crosses boundaries of period, nation, language and discipline, and the Center's prime function is to facilitate and encourage interdepartmental study and teaching.

Students who pursue the CMEMS Certificate are free to take a variety of courses offered in numerous departments across the CU campus. In consultation with the CMEMS Director, each student can tailor the Certificate to meet their intellectual interests in the study of premodern Europe and its global influence.  Students usually earn our certificate in tandem with a B.A degree in History, Classics or English and find the analytical and linguistic skills particularly useful for graduate work in History and Law.

CMEMS is a vibrant center of intellectual life on the CU campus. The Center sponsors Sub Arboribus, a weekly medieval Latin reading group, and organizes monthly lectures, colloquia and faculty work-in-progress talks that students are especially encouraged to attend. You can learn more about our activities by reading our monthly newsletter—Mirabile dictu!—which you can find on our website:  Please contact the Director, Professor Scott G. Bruce, for further information: