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CEMERS Graduate Certificate Requirements

CEMERS, Binghamton University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, offers a graduate certificate at both the Master’s and doctoral levels as part of its larger mission to promote innovative interdisciplinary work on topics that fall between late antiquity and the early modern era.

The graduate certificate program is intended to foster the highest levels of concentrated work both within departments and across departmental lines, enabling students to build an interdisciplinary program in either Medieval or Early Modern Studies.

Two tracks are offered for the graduate certificate: Medieval (late 4th through 15th centuries) and Early Modern (15th through 18th centuries).

Students interested in the certificate program must be admitted to the University through a department. A letter of application should then be submitted to the CEMERS Graduate Committee, which consists of CEMERS faculty from departments granting graduate degrees. The program’s Director of Graduate Studies presides over the CEMERS graduate committee (applications should be sent directly to the DGS). The committee reviews all applications. Its members may also mentor certificate students through the program.

Medieval Track:

Minimally, five 4-credit, 500-level courses are required (overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and minimum of B in each of the required courses) see note 1:

Two of the five courses must be parented or cross-listed outside the degree-granting department -

- One of the two courses will be chosen from among the interdisciplinary “501” graduate seminars parented by CEMERS and offered each year; by petition, this course may be substituted with another seminar with a demonstrable interdisciplinary component, offered through a department other than the student’s own.

Students may, in exceptional cases, petition the Graduate Certificate Committee to accept one of the five courses at the 400-level.

Proficiency is required in languages appropriate to the course of study (one at the Master’s level; two at the doctoral level), to be demonstrated by means acceptable to the degree-granting department.

For doctoral students, reading proficiency in a medieval language relevant to their research is required. This requirement may be met by passing a translation exam set by the dissertation advisor and deposited on file in the CEMERS office. For students working on the Latin West, this language should be medieval Latin unless otherwise specified by the dissertation advisor; the requirement for medieval Latin may be met either by passing a 500-level course (minimum “B”) in the subject (offered on campus at least once every two years) or by passing a translation exam set by the dissertation advisor or the instructor of medieval Latin and deposited on file in the CEMERS office.

To assist doctoral-level candidates who need to acquire a research language above and beyond the two languages required by the home department, funds may be available through CEMERS for summer “immersion” courses in Latin, Greek, classical Arabic, or classical Chinese (students may petition for funded study of other medieval or ancient languages). Applications are to be made to the Graduate Certificate Committee and must include documentation concerning the program of study in which the student plans to enroll. see note 2

Funding may be available through CEMERS for dissertation research abroad. Applications, including an itemized budget, are to be submitted to the Graduate Certificate Committee and reports are to be filed upon completion of the trip. see note 3

Upon completion of coursework and prior to graduation, each doctoral candidate for the certificate will present a chapter from the dissertation in a public lecture sponsored by CEMERS.

With completion of the requirements, the awarding of the certificate will be noted on the student’s transcript and formalized at graduation ceremonies.

Early Modern Track:

Five 4-credit, 500-level courses are required (overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and minimum of B in each of the required courses):

Two of the five courses must be parented or cross-listed outside the degree-granting department -

- One of the two courses will be chosen from among the interdisciplinary “501” graduate seminars parented by CEMERS and offered each year; by petition, this course may be substituted with another seminar with a demonstrable interdisciplinary component, offered through a department other than the student’s own.

Students may, in exceptional cases, petition the Graduate Certificate Committee to accept one of the five courses at the 400-level.

Proficiency is required in languages appropriate to the course of study (one at the Master’s level; two at the doctoral level), to be demonstrated by means acceptable to the degree-granting department.

For doctoral students whose research requires a reading facility in a third language (e.g., Latin, Greek, classical Arabic, Ottoman Turkic, Classical Chinese), funds may be available through CEMERS for intensive summer “immersion” courses. (Students may petition for funded study of other languages.) Applications are to be made to the CEMERS Graduate Committee documenting the program of study in which the student plans to enroll. see note 4

Funding may also be available through CEMERS for dissertation research abroad. Applications, including an itemized budget, are to be made to the Graduate Certificate Committee and reports are to be filed upon completion of the trip. see note 5

Upon completion of coursework and prior to graduation, each doctoral candidate for the certificate will present a chapter from the dissertation in a public lecture sponsored by CEMERS.

With completion of the requirements, the awarding of the certificate will be noted on the student’s transcript and formalized at graduation ceremonies.

 

1  For doctoral students working on the Latin West, an additional 4-credit graduate seminar in medieval Latin paleography (offered at least once every two years) is also required, bringing to six the total number of courses required.
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Funding will be in the form of reimbursement after submission of receipts and shall be returned if the course of study is not completed.
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  Funding will be in the form of reimbursement after submission of receipts.
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  Funding will be in the form of reimbursement after submission of receipts and shall be returned if the course of study is not completed.
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  Funding will be in the form of reimbursement after submission of receipts.

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Last Updated: 10/10/10