The doctoral program in Early Modern Studies provides graduate students with the opportunity to focus on the history and culture of the late medieval and early modern periods, circa 1350-1800, with an emphasis on global, interdisciplinary approaches. It welcomes students working in wide range of languages and geographies across the world. This program expands the structure and foci of the doctoral program in Renaissance Studies, which has a long and vibrant history at Yale. It is the only doctoral program of its kind in the United States.
Structured as a combined doctoral degree, the program enables students in one of ten partner departments to pursue greater interdisciplinary study and research. Students must matriculate in one a “home” department, and after two semesters of graduate study at Yale, may apply to join the combined doctoral program in Early Modern Studies.
Specific details for each partner department are listed below.
Classics Comparative Literature English French Italian History History of Art History of Science & Medicine Music Spanish & Portuguese
The Program also serves as a vital intellectual hub for a growing community of early modern scholars at Yale: it sponsors lectures, workshops, working groups, reading groups, and numerous social events. It collaborates with the Councils at the Macmillan Center as well as individual departmental colloquia. Through its membership in the Folger Research Consortium it supports additional training and research opportunities for faculty and graduate students.
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