Who we are . . .
The Standing Committee on Medieval Studies exists in order to promote and coordinate work on medieval subjects throughout the University, including Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. As a program committee within the Faculty of Arts and Science, it offers a number of undergraduate and graduate courses each year, and coordinates a Secondary Field in Medieval Studies for Ph.D. students and a Secondary Field in Medieval Studies for undergraduates. Although Harvard offers no Ph.D. specificially in Medieval Studies, the committee has the authority to administer interdisciplinary Ph.Ds in liaison with a departmental program. Working in cooperation with a number of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences workshops, the Houghton Library, the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture, and other departments and centers at Harvard, it also sponsors frequent events and activities of interest to medievalists. Among these are the meetings of the Mahindra Humanities Center's Medieval Studies Seminar on Monday afternoons, an occasional series of special seminars and conferences in Medieval Studies, twice-yearly receptions for medievalists throughout the Boston area, and an interdisciplinary graduate student workshop in Medieval Studies. The committee also maintains the Medieval Studies Library in Widener D.