The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) was founded in 1981 as a state-wide research unit charged with stimulating the interdisciplinary exploration of medieval and Renaissance culture. Its activities cover a period roughly from AD 400 to 1700. ACMRS coordinates programs at ASU, Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Among the activities and programs the center sponsors are a semi-annual distinguished lecture and ad hoc lecture series, an annual distinguished visiting professorship, an annual conference, a public symposium, and summer study-abroad programs in the United Kingdom and Italy. The Center also awards undergraduate and graduate certificates in medieval and Renaissance studies to students completing required coursework.