Degree Programs

There are four degree programs within the University: Scholar, Lector, Magister, and Philosopher.
Scholar Degree Program
The Scholar program is general and comprehensive. This program is intended to provide the student with a broad and basic familiarity with the Middle Ages and the SCA. The required courses listed below cover both SCA subjects and general facets of medieval life. Each course receives one-hour credit for a total of 24 curriculum credits needed for the Scholar degree. Credit may also be received by teaching a certified course.Announced in 2021: There is a new Scholar Degree Program of Study; the prior Program of Study will be able to be conferred for a period of time as determined by the RUM Chancellor. Degrees following the new Program of Study will available starting with RUM 2022.

Scholar Degree Program of Study (Will be phased out)

Current Middle Ages (Complete 5)
CMA1000 SCA Structure and Administration
CMA2000 Protocol and Precedence
CMA2001 Honor and Courtesy
CMA3100 Research and Documentation
CMA4000 History of Meridies

History (Complete 2 + 1 Elective)
HIS1000 Life in Medieval Times
Literature Class

Martial Arts (Choose 1)
MAR1000 Introduction to SCA Combat
MAR1001 Non-Fighter’s Guide to Combat

Performing Arts (Choose 2 + 3 Electives)
PFA1000 Beginning European Dance
PFA3000 Beginning Middle Eastern Dance
PFA2000, PFA2011, or PFA2012 – Introduction to Period Music
PFA5000 The Role of the Bard in the Middle Ages

Sciences (Choose 3 + 2 Electives)
SCI1000 Feast Appreciation
SCI3000 Basic Heraldry
SCI3100 Name Research
SCI6000 Basic Coursing
SCI9000 Introduction to Board Games
MAR5000 Role of the Horse in the Middle Ages
(Students may receive credit for SCI1000 for feastcratting an event.)

Static Arts (Complete 3 + 2 Electives)
STA1000 Silhouette of Fashion
STA1001 Basic Costuming
STA4000 Beginning Calligraphy
(It is recommended that the electives be chosen from the following types of courses: History of Art, Medieval Textile Construction, Basic Embroidery etc.)

Total classes: 24

New Scholar Degree Program of Study (available to be conferred with RUM 2022)

Lector Degree Program The Lector Degree Program builds upon the Scholar Program. It allows the student to focus on one of the broader areas of study. Classes are chosen by the student to fit the individual program of study. Ten hours of additional classes in the chosen area of study are required. For example, a student having completed the Scholars degree who took or taught ten more hours of classes under the heading of Sciences would receive a Lector’s degree in the Sciences.
Magister Degree Program
The Magister Degree Program concentrates on one specific area within a student’s basic Lector Program. For example, if the Lector majored in SCA studies, their Magister program must focus on some area of SCA studies, such as founding a group.Magister Degree Program Requirements
The candidate must:
1. Teach five separate classes in the chosen area of study.
2. Complete a Master Project of the candidate’s choice. The Master Project may be based on existing work; however, it must represent original work and ideas and be totally executed by the student. The project may take any form.Master Projects must be cleared with the Dean of the respective college and the RUM Chancellor before initiation to ensure their feasibility.
Philosopher Degree Program Any Student completing five Magister Degrees in any area(s) of study and a Philosopher’s project will be granted a Philosopher Degree. The Philosopher’s Project must be similar in nature and design to the Magister Degree Project, and must be approved in advance by the Chancellor and the Dean of the respective college and evaluated before graduation by the Graduate Review Board. Prospective Candidates may contact the respective Dean and Chancellor for assistance in selecting a project.