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Known for its excellence in diverse fields of medieval research, Fordham University offers the master of arts degree in medieval studies and a doctoral-level medieval concentration. Fordham's intimate size and tradition of devotion to teaching offers students an intellectual climate in which faculty members, well-known and active in the scholarly community, encourage and support students in their academic pursuits. The University offers graduate assistantships and fellowships to a limited number of students.

The program is administered through its Director and through the Center for Medieval Studies, located at the Rose Hill campus. The Center houses a small library and discussion area available to students. The main University library is especially strong in its medieval holdings. Fordham's location in New York City affords easy access to other major libraries (such as the Pierpont Morgan and the New York Public Library), museums (for example, The Cloisters and the Metropolitan Museum of Art), and other institutions of higher learning. A University-operated campus shuttle makes regular trips between the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses throughout the day and evening.

The Center supports the exchange of views and information through its annual conferences and speakers series. Fordham faculty are also invited to address colleagues and students informally, and graduate students have also presented lectures.



The Center organizes several workshops each year which focus on professional development. Past workshops have centered on such topics as "Writing and Building your Curriculum Vitae," (with a panel of faculty from different disciplines, and handouts of guidelines for writing an academic resumé); "Submitting a Conference Paper and Writing a Conference Abstract" (with a panel of faculty and advanced graduate students at Fordham); and "Finding a Job in Academia: What We Wish We Knew Then That We Know Now" (with a panel of recent PhD graduates in English, History, and Theology). For the last several years, the Center has also co-sponsored the Teaching the Middle Ages workshops. Information on current and past workshops can be found here.


Last modified: January 2013
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