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Welcome to the Center for

Medieval & Byzantine Studies

The Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies at CUA offers a meeting point and active scholarly community for researchers and students of the medieval period. It involves over forty faculty members from various schools and departments and offers an interdisciplinary program in Medieval and Byzantine Studies both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Medieval and Byzantine Studies Program was organized in 1969 and operates under the general direction of an interdisciplinary committee. The purpose of the program is to promote the understanding and study of the medieval world and its cultures, to introduce students to various fields of the discipline and their methodologies, and to provide a solid basis for advanced research into the medieval period in subject areas which require a background that transcends the boundaries of a single discipline.

In addition to exploring the historical and cultural developments within the traditional boundaries of Medieval Europe from ca. A.D. 300 to 1500, our students have opportunities to study Near Eastern Christianity, the Islamic world, Byzantium, and Judaism.

For Prospective Graduate Students

The Center welcomes applications from qualified candidates interested in an interdisciplinary study of the Middles Ages. For information about the programs and their curricula, see the following links: Ph.D. Program; M.A. Program; Graduate Certificate (non-degree program).
Admission to the programs is administered through CUA's Office of Graduate Admissions. Please submit an online application and include a 10-15-page writing sample that is representative of your academic writing skills and research interests. Please do NOT send application materials directly to the Center. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Funding is available to select, highly qualified applicants. To be considered for a scholarship for the fall semester, please submit your online application (see above) before February 1. (No separate scholarship application is needed; all applicants are considered for funding.)
If you have further questions or wish to schedule an on-campus meeting, please contact Dr. Lilla Kopár at



Upcoming Events:

Women in Science Public Lecture: Dr. Lilla Kopár, "Mysteries of the Runes: From the Vikings to Tolkien and Modern Gamers." A free, interactive event for all ages.
Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, 2813 12th St. NE, Washington, DC; Monday, February 19, 2018, 6:00-7:30 pm.


Contact Us

107 Aquinas Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: (202) 319-5794
Fax: (202) 319-6609
Director & Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Lilla Kopár
Associate Professor of English
Associate Director:
Dr. Joshua Benson
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Undergraduate Advisor:
Dr. Jennifer Paxton
Clinical Assistant Professor of History
Business Manager &
Academic Specialist:
Lola Lastrapes

NEW: Summer Archaeology Field School 2018

In Tuscany, Italy, in collaboration with the American University of Rome and the University of Siena

May 28-June 16, 2018

Three-credit field school at a major early medieval archeological site with field trips to Rome and in Tuscany. Open to both undergradute and graduate students. Non-CUA applications are also welcome.

For more information, itinary, costs, and online application, visit the CUAbroad website or contact Dr. Jennifer Davis ( or Dr. Lilla Kopár (