Concentration Requirements

A total of 42 credits (usually 7 courses) is required for the concentration: 18 credits in Core courses, 18 credits in Supporting courses; and a capstone seminar.

Core Courses: Core courses are generally those which offer a survey of a subject or period or which focus on a work/period of central importance within medieval and Renaissance studies (e.g. Chaucer, Shakespeare).

Supporting Courses: Supporting courses tend to be more focused topically or temporally (e.g.The Age of Bede) or spend less time on Medieval and Renaissance materials.  Any Core course may be used to fulfill the Supporting Course requirements.

Capstone Course: Each year different departments offer advanced courses (either at the 200- or 300-level) in which students may pursue an independent research project on topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Art History, English, and History most often do so.  A concentrator must take one of these courses to fulfill the concentration requirements.  When an formal capstone course is not available, the student may arrange with the Concentration Coordinator and the instructor of another 200-level course in the Concentration to complete the requirement in that course.  In such cases, an extended research essay is required.

Field Diversity and Interdisciplinary Study: Although the Concentration does not prescribe that a certain number of credits occur in different departments, we highly advise students to explore different disciplines in their study of this fascinating period. Usually concentrators take courses in at least two, and usually three, disciplines.

Optional Off-Campus Programs: Off-campus study can be an important part of the concentration. Students interested in study abroad as part of the concentration are advised to consult with their academic advisers in deciding when to go off-campus and with the concentration coordinators to discuss the range of programs available and potential programs of study. Courses taken abroad may count as up to two "core" courses (12 credits) and two "supporting courses" (12 credits). Coordinators are happy to assist you in finding the right program for your interests.

The concentration is open to students majoring in ANY field who wish to expand their knowledge of these important and fascinating periods of human history.