If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in a medieval field, Illinois offers superb academic resources and a thriving intellectual community of medievalist scholars and students:

  • An interdisciplinary Program in Medieval Studies, offering a Graduate Concentration in Medieval Studies and supporting graduate students specializing in a wide range of medieval fields
  • 32 affiliated medievalist faculty in 14 departments
  • Advanced seminars across the spectrum of the field, including an annual “Spring Seminar” on cross-disciplinary topics such as Animal Studies, Global Medieval Studies, and The Medieval Lyric, plus an intensive short “September Seminar” (offered every other year) taught by a distinguished visiting medievalist from Europe. In Fall 2103 the September Seminar was "From Script to Print: The Transformation of Medieval Culture, c. 1300-c.1550," taught by Professor James Clark (Exeter Univ.)
  • Robust funding for graduate student research and travel, including summer travel abroad (to work in libraries or archives, visit medieval sites, or attend conferences or special seminars)
  • One of the world’s finest academic libraries, with extensive print and electronic resources for Medieval Studies, diverse medieval manuscript holdings, and a superb Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • A global approach to Medieval Studies, embracing scholarship on world cultures during the period ca. 500 to ca.1500 CE
  • An annual Medieval Colloquium lecture series as well as international symposia and conferences
  • Editorial home of three major academic journals in the field: The Medieval GlobeThe Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, and The Journal of English and Germanic Philology

More information about the admissions process.

To find out more, browse through our program website, the website of the Graduate College, and the website of the department to which you intend to apply. 

You are also welcome to contact the Program Director, Renée R. Trilling, about Medieval Studies at Illinois.