The Catholic University of America

Undergraduate Major and Minor in Medieval and Byzantine Studies


The Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor in Medieval and Byzantine Studies. Both programs introduce students to the various fields of the discipline and their methodologies, while MBS majors are also provided advanced training in one specific area of specialization (History and Social Structures; Thought and Worship; or Cultural and Artistic Expressions). In addition to exploring the historical and cultural developments within the traditional boundaries of Medieval Europe from ca. A.D. 300 to 1500, students have opportunities to study Byzantium, Islam, Judaism, and Near Eastern Christianity.

For program descriptions and requirements, please see the following links:


Are you considering becoming an MBS major or minor?

You may already have completed some of the courses required! Up to two of your medieval courses in another major (e.g. History, English) and any number of your distribution requirement courses with a medieval focus (e.g. in theology, philosophy, literature, history) may be counted towards the MBS degree. Please check this list of all approved undergraduate courses and contact the MBS Undergraduate Advisor or the Director (see under Contact Us) to find out what you need to do next.

What is special about the major and minor in MBS?

  • It offers a breadth of knowledge across cultures (Western civilization, Eastern Christianity, the Islamic world), time periods (from 300 to 1500 AD), and disciplines (history, literature, theology, philosophy, etc.) while allowing you to design your own area of interest and expertise.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the program introduces you to a variety of research fields and methodologies, preparing you for a number of different graduate programs.
  • You have the opportunity to work with faculty from a variety of schools and departments. For our list of faculty see
  • Due to the small size of the program, you get a lot of individual attention.
  • You become part of a scholarly community of faculty, graduate students, and undegraduates affilliated with the Center, and you are invited to participate in extracurricular events, workshops, lectures, seminars, field trips, etc.
  • It is an unusual degree with interdisciplinary and cross-cultural training that will set you apart from the crowd when applying to graduate school or jobs.