The undergraduate community in Medieval Studies at UVA is a small but thriving group of students dedicated to studying the pre-modern world in all its forms. We encourage new students with interest in the medieval period to join our community, whether or not they wish to become majors or minors in the program.
Current Majors & Minors
Lara is a fourth-year Echols Scholar double majoring in Medieval Studies and Classics with a Latin concentration. She was drawn to Medieval Studies because of its interdisciplinary aspect, and is still enjoying a broad range of medieval topics. Her particular areas of interest include late antique Latin literature, the transmission of texts, and medieval monasticism. She also looks forward to engaging in the conservation and preservation of manuscripts, as well as the digital humanities.
Camille is a Third Year Echols Scholar double majoring in Religious Studies and Art History, with a Medieval Studies minor. Camille takes every academic opportunity to combine her loves of artistic expression, theology, and medieval culture. Her medieval areas of interest include liturgical music and manuscript illumination, and Irish monasticism. A lifetime singer and music enthusiast, she hopes to complete a Distinguished Major Thesis in Religious Studies, possibly concentrating on how Christian allegory informs the musical construction of Bach’s major works.
Heather is a third year Art History major with a minor in Medieval Studies, looking to concentrate in Medieval Art. Her long-standing love of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and historical costume dramas initially drew her to studying the visual culture of the Middle Ages. Her interest lies in looking at the development of regional differences in architecture and illuminated manuscripts over time as shaped by local religious histories of the former Roman world. She looks forward to pursuing a future career in Museum Studies.
Caroline Plowden (Undergraduate Coordinator)
Caroline is a fourth year Jefferson Scholar and Echols Scholar who is double majoring in Medieval Studies and English. Although her love of Beowulf initially drew her to the field, she primarily studies the theological and literary cultures of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century England. She completed her Medieval Studies thesis, entitled “Unknowing to Know the Unknown: The Role of the English Language in the Apophatic Contemplation of The Cloud of Unknowing,” in December 2012 and is currently working on her thesis for the Distinguished Majors Program in English on legal authority and moral law in Havelok the Dane.
Margaret is a third year Echols Scholar double majoring in Medieval Studies and Environmental Science. She chose Medieval Studies because of its interdisciplinary aspect, although she is most drawn to the history of the medieval period. She is particularly interested in the Christian conversion period in Anglo-Saxon England. She looks forward to interacting and exchanging ideas with her fellow majors this semester.