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With over one hundred affiliated professors in over twenty departments, The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) promotes interdisciplinary scholarship that crosses traditional historical and geographical boundaries. The center offers an undergraduate major and minor, as well as graduate interdisciplinary specialization or a CMRS graduate certificate.

Featuring its own array of yearly grants and awards, lecture series and film series, conferences, and other events that bring students and faculty together from near and far, the CMRS represents a uniquely exciting resource for scholarship and community. Profiting from this rich environment, CMRS students are able to study a wide range of topics within the major, touching on such diverse themes as the history, languages and cultures of Asia and the Near East; Mediterranean and transatlantic colonial trade; Christian, Jewish and Islamic philosophy and religion; and the music and dance of Renaissance Italy. 

The CMRS is currently (Academic Year 2022/2023) under the direction of Chris Highley, Professor of English.


Francis L. Utley (English and Folklore) was the moving spirit behind the Center, which he founded together with Herbert S. Livingston (Music History), Franklin M. Ludden (History of Art), and Franklin J. Pegues (History) in 1965.