Global Medieval Studies offers a unique opportunity to time travel through the art, music, literatures, philosophies, languages and religions of the world. Students can explore issues and topics over a wide chronological span (roughly the fifth through fifteenth century) and across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Take courses in Art History, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, English, History, Philosophy, Jewish Studies, Sociology, Religion, World Languages and more.


First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16



Introductory courses recommended by faculty. Include at least one of these in your schedule:

Course Title

Course Number


Subject on University Schedule of Classes

Intro to Art History, Present to 1400



Art History (082)

Medieval Civilization



Medieval Studies (667)

Jewish History: Ancient & Medieval



Jewish Studies (563)

Your first year of college is an opportunity for you to explore fields of interest to enhance your understanding of yourself, the world around you, and your main academic and career goals. Think of your schedule as including courses you must take (English, courses to explore potential majors, etc.) and courses you can take (everything else!) All courses are part of your degree - if necessary, review the components of the SAS degree on this page.

Through these degree components, you will curate your own unique educational experience - but we understand that this level of flexibility and freedom can feel overwhelming for new students. Like a recommendation based on a book or TV show you enjoyed, the information below can help you identify related courses to consider in your first semester.

Course Title

Course Number


Subject on University Schedule of Classes

Ancient and Medieval Europe 01:510:101 3 History (510)
East Asian Civilizations: Premodern Era 01:098:241 3 Asian Studies (098)
World Literature & Social Change
01:013:210 3 African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (013)
World History 01:506:101 3 History-General/Comparative (506)
Religions of the Western World 01:840:212 3 Religion (840)

The Schedule of Classes provides information about the courses being offered in a particular semester. There are literally thousands of courses offered each semester at Rutgers, and you may find it helpful to narrow down your options by looking for courses in subjects related to your potential major or minor. Use the recommendations below to find possible introductory courses in other subjects. 

To find potential courses in other subjects related to this one:

1. On the Schedule of Classes, select the current term, location "New Brunswick" and level "undergraduate". Click continue.

2. In the Search By box, click the "search multple subjects" link. Select the following departments:

Art History (082)

Asian Studies (098) - also known as Asian Languages and Cultures

History (510, 508, 512, 506)

Religion (840)

3. In Section Status, deselect Closed

4. In Level of Study, deselect 300 and 400. In general, 100 and 200 are appropriate for first-year students, 300 and 400 are often more appropriate for students with more familiarity with the subject. If you are interested in registering for a 300 or 400 level course, consult with an advisor before registering. 

Review these courses for possible inclusion in your first-semester schedule, or to consider for future semesters.


Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

This program has a lot of affiliate faculty and so hosts many exciting workshops and lectures. But we are also a small program when it comes to undergraduate numbers, so students get the attention they need.


A liberal arts education with a concentration in Medieval Studies opens onto a wide range of careers including advertising, archeology, archives, architecture and civil engineering, arts and entertainment, auctioneering, business, communication, cultural resource management, data analysis, digital information, design, documentary editing, education and higher learning, information management, fashion, film, historic preservation, journalism, law, libraries, marketing, multimedia production, museums and historical organizations, philanthropic foundations, nonprofit associations, professional research, public service, publishing, resource development, sales, tourism, web content writing, world heritage preservation, and much more.