Non-degree Specializations

In addition to the wide variety of topics that we offer in our instruction and supervision, the Medieval Studies Department has developed six lines of possible non-degree specialization:

These specializations do not lead to a separate degree but they will be marked in the transcript and on the diploma. They allow for an additional focus in these study fields, but require enrolling in elective classes related to these specializations among the current offerings of the department or among cross-listed courses. Students must register for a non-degree specialization during the fall term and also indicate to the coordinating faculty member of the specialization that they will be undertaking it.

Students registering for any of these non-degree specializations must earn ten credits in elective courses approved by the faculty teaching the specialization, as part of their over-all selection of electives. In addition, they must gain altogether four credits from a pre-specified mandatory methodology class/pre-specified mandatory classes (this can be either two two-credit classes, one in Fall and one in Winter Term, or a four-credit class in either of these terms). Thirdly, the MA thesis must at least include substantial reference to the area of the specialization (it can, of course, be entirely written on a topic suitable for the specialization).

Please note that altogether, any four of the credits gained must not be counted toward fulfilment of your MA curriculum, requiring a little extra effort from your side.

If you intend to obtain your non-degree specialization over the course of two academic years rather than one (i.e., when enrolled for a two-year MA degree) please check with the respective coordinating faculty member whether the specialization in question will be offered the following academic year – not all specializations will be taught in every academic year – before agreeing on a suitable arrangement. Usually, if a specialization is split between two academic years, you will be expected to gain a minimum of five to six credits during the first academic year, and the remainder in the second.

If a course is approved for a non-degree specialization, it is listed in the curricula prepared by the specialization coordinators. To find out about mandatory and approved elective classes for the current academic year, 2010/11, please consult the curricula sections of the Specialization websites: CHS curriculumELHS curriculumLABOS curriculumMMSS curriculumSRS curriculumSUH curriculum.

During the pre-session, an induction meeting will be held in order to familiarize students interested in pursuing/obtaining a non-degree specialization with the proceedings in more detail.