Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor encourages students interested in the cultures and kingdoms that flourished from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance to deepen their understanding of these periods through an interdisciplinary program of study. Heirs to ancient empires, the societies of Europe, Byzantium, and the Muslim world each offer fascinating opportunities to watch societies cope with timeless problems of power, identity, and belief. The minor is open to students in ANY major who wish to expand their knowledge of this important and fascinating period of human history.

A total of 42 credits (usually 7 courses) is required for the minor: 18 credits in "Core" courses, 18 credits in "Supporting" courses; and a capstone seminar. In addition to the capstone seminars listed below, students may count--with prior approval of both the course instructor and the minor coordinators--other advanced courses (200 or 300 level) in which the minor pursues an interdisciplinary research project focused on a topic within the period covered by the minor.

Optional Off-Campus Programs: Off-campus study can be an important part of the minor. 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 minor coordinators to discuss the range of programs available and potential programs of study. Courses taken abroad may count for up to two "core" courses (12 credits) and two "supporting courses" (12 credits).

Requirements for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor

Core Courses (3 courses/18 credits required):

  • ARBC 185 The Creation of Classical Arabic Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARCN 246 Archaeological Methods & Lab
  • ARTH 101 Introduction to Art History I
  • ARTH 102 Introduction to Art History II
  • ARTH 155 Islamic Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 235 Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe's "Renaissance"
  • ARTH 252 Islamic Art and the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARTH 255 Islam in the Eyes of the West
  • CLAS 124 Roman Archaeology and Art (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 125 Norse and Celtic Mythology (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature
  • ENGL 216 Milton
  • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 352 The Arthurian Legend
  • HIST 131 Saints, Sinners, and Philosophers in Late Antiquity (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 133 Crisis, Creativity, and Transformation in Late Antiquity (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 137 Early Medieval Worlds
  • HIST 138 Crusades, Mission, and the Expansion of Europe (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe
  • HIST 201 Rome Program: Building Power and Piety in Medieval Italy, CE 300-1150
  • HIST 202 Icons, Iconoclasm, and the Quest for the Holy in Byzantium and Its Neighbors (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 204 Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean
  • HIST 206 Rome Program: The Eternal City in Time: Structure, Change, and Identity
  • HIST 231 Mapping the World Before Mercator (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 843-1453 (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 234 Papacy, Church, and Empire in the Middle Ages (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 236 Women and Gender in Europe before the French Revolution (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 238 The Viking World (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 243 The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France (not offered in 2018-19)
  • LATN 243 Medieval Latin (not offered in 2018-19)
  • RELG 122 Introduction to Islam
  • RELG 162 Jesus, the Bible, and Christian Beginnings
  • RELG 229 Monks and Mystics
  • RELG 234 Angels, Demons, and Evil (not offered in 2018-19)
  • RELG 263 Sufism
  • SPAN 326 Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Modern Spain
  • SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 331 Baroque Desires (not offered in 2018-19)

Supporting Courses (18 credits required):

Note: all courses listed as "core courses" also qualify as "supporting courses."

  • ARBC 185 The Creation of Classical Arabic Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARCN 246 Archaeological Methods & Lab
  • ARCN 395 Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARTH 100 Renaissance, Revolution, and Reformation: The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer
  • ARTH 101 Introduction to Art History I
  • ARTH 102 Introduction to Art History II
  • ARTH 155 Islamic Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 225 Religion, Royalty & Romantics: The Gothic and Gothic Revival (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARTH 235 Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe's "Renaissance"
  • ARTH 236 Baroque Art (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARTH 252 Islamic Art and the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARTH 263 European Architectural Studies Program: Prehistory to Postmodernism (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ARTH 323 Idolatry (not offered in 2018-19)
  • CLAS 100 Imagining New Worlds: From Homer to Columbus and Beyond
  • CLAS 124 Roman Archaeology and Art (not offered in 2018-19)
  • CLAS 131 Imagining New Worlds: From Homer to Columbus and Beyond (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 126 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 204 History of the English Language (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 205 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 206 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 207 Princes. Poets. Power
  • ENGL 208 The Faerie Queene
  • ENGL 209 The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature
  • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 228 Encountering the Other: The Crusades (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 302 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II
  • EUST 111 The Age of Cathedrals (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 352 The Arthurian Legend
  • GEOL 245 “When the Earth Shook…” Earthquakes in Human History & Lab (not offered in 2018-19)
  • GRK 281F Introduction to Byzantine Greek (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 100 Migration and Mobility in the Medieval North
  • HIST 131 Saints, Sinners, and Philosophers in Late Antiquity (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 133 Crisis, Creativity, and Transformation in Late Antiquity (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 137 Early Medieval Worlds
  • HIST 138 Crusades, Mission, and the Expansion of Europe (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe
  • HIST 201 Rome Program: Building Power and Piety in Medieval Italy, CE 300-1150
  • HIST 202 Icons, Iconoclasm, and the Quest for the Holy in Byzantium and Its Neighbors (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 204 Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean
  • HIST 206 Rome Program: The Eternal City in Time: Structure, Change, and Identity
  • HIST 231 Mapping the World Before Mercator (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 843-1453 (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 234 Papacy, Church, and Empire in the Middle Ages (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 236 Women and Gender in Europe before the French Revolution (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 238 The Viking World (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 243 The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 245 Ireland: Land, Conflict and Memory
  • HIST 246 The Material World of the Anglo-Saxons (not offered in 2018-19)
  • HIST 330 Ideas Incarnate: Institutional Formation, Reform, and Governance in the Middle Ages
  • LATN 246 Livy (not offered in 2018-19)
  • LATN 257 Caesar, Lucan, and Civil War (not offered in 2018-19)
  • LATN 280 Martyr Texts from Roman North Africa (not offered in 2018-19)
  • PHIL 270 Ancient Philosophy: The Good Life
  • POSC 250 Ancient Political Philosophy: Plato's Republic (not offered in 2018-19)
  • POSC 254 Freedom, Excellence, Happiness: Aristotle's Ethics (not offered in 2018-19)
  • POSC 350 Nietzsche: Beyond Good and Evil*
  • POSC 354 Freedom, Excellence, Happiness: Aristotle's Ethics* (not offered in 2018-19)
  • RELG 100 Illness, Medicine, and Magic
  • RELG 121 Introduction to Christianity (not offered in 2018-19)
  • RELG 122 Introduction to Islam
  • RELG 228 Martyrdom
  • RELG 229 Monks and Mystics
  • RELG 233 Gender and Power in the Catholic Church
  • RELG 263 Sufism
  • RELG 287 Many Marys (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 326 Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Modern Spain
  • SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 331 Baroque Desires (not offered in 2018-19)

Capstone Seminars (please consult with Program Coordinator regarding the Capstone Seminar/Project Requirement)
(Six credits required):

  • ARCN 395 Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 352 The Arthurian Legend
  • HIST 330 Ideas Incarnate: Institutional Formation, Reform, and Governance in the Middle Ages