The Advanced Certificate in Eastern Mediterranean Studies (EMS), run by the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, offers MA students from the Departments of History and Medieval Studies an innovative diachronic approach, from late antiquity to the modern age, focusing on a geographical area at the crossroads of cultures and thereby unusually rich in its intellectual, social, institutional, and cultural heritage. At the same time, however, it encourages the synchronic – both comparative and connected – approaches to the imperial polities that lay claim to the Roman inheritance (or rivaled them). Just as the rise of the Roman-Byzantine imperial order was coterminous with the Sasanian and, later, with the rise of Islamic Caliphate as well as Eurasian Steppe Empires, the subsequent rise of the Ottoman Empire was likewise coterminous to the rise of the Habsburg, Safavid, Qajar and Russian empires – all of which fashioned themselves as universalist orders and claimed similar Roman-Byzantine traditions, institutions, and imperial trappings. By cutting through traditional chronological, geographical and disciplinary boundaries, EMS presents students with a unique opportunity to explore how various and successive traditions were appropriated by and adjusted to the realities of medieval, early modern and modern polities in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. Conceived as a connected and comparative history of the empires in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond, the Advanced Certificate in EMS builds on the already existing CEU faculty research and expertise, consolidates the innovative curriculum developed in the last five years, and brings the departments of History and Medieval Studies even closer together while simultaneously opening up current historiographic, thematic and historical issues to students and faculty from other departments.
The program is offered with 12 credits for students in one-year MA programs and 16 credits for students in two-year MA programs.