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
  • ARCN 246 Archaeological Methods & Lab (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARCN 395 Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 101 Introduction to Art History I
  • ARTH 102 Introduction to Art History II
  • ARTH 155 Islamic Art and Architecture (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 180 Medieval Art (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 235 Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe's "Renaissance" (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 252 Islamic Art and the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 255 Islam in the Eyes of the West (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CLAS 124 Roman Archaeology and Art (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Literature (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 125 Norse and Celtic Mythology
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 216 Milton
  • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II (not offered in 2017-18)
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 130 The History of Political Thought, 300-1600: Power, Authority, and Imagination (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 131 Saints, Sinners, and Philosophers in Late Antiquity (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 133 Crisis, Creativity, and Transformation in Late Antiquity
  • HIST 137 Early Medieval Worlds (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 138 Crusades, Mission, and the Expansion of Europe (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 201 Rome Program: Community and Communication in Medieval Italy, CE 300-1250 (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 202 Icons, Iconoclasm, and the Quest for the Holy in Byzantium and Its Neighbors
  • HIST 204 Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 206 Rome Program: Eternal City in Time: Structure, Change, and Identity (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 231 Mapping the World Before Mercator
  • HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 843-1453 (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 234 Papacy, Church, and Empire in the Middle Ages (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 236 Women and Gender in Europe before the French Revolution (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 238 The Viking World (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 243 The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France
  • HIST 273 Go-Betweens and Rebels in the Andean World (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LATN 243 Medieval Latin
  • MUSC 210 Medieval and Renaissance Music (not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 122 Introduction to Islam
  • RELG 162 Jesus, Paul, and Christian Origins (New Testament) (not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 234 Angels, Demons, and Evil
  • RELG 263 Sufism (not offered in 2017-18)
  • SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote
  • SPAN 331 Baroque Desires (not offered in 2017-18)

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
  • ARCN 246 Archaeological Methods & Lab (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARCN 395 Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 101 Introduction to Art History I
  • ARTH 102 Introduction to Art History II
  • ARTH 155 Islamic Art and Architecture (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 180 Medieval Art (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 225 Religion, Royalty & Romantics: The Gothic and Gothic Revival (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 235 Revival, Revelation, and Re-animation: The Art of Europe's "Renaissance" (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 236 Baroque Art (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 252 Islamic Art and the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ARTH 263 European Architectural Studies Program: Prehistory to Postmodernism
  • ARTH 323 Idolatry (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CLAS 100 Imagining New Worlds: From Homer to Columbus and Beyond
  • CLAS 124 Roman Archaeology and Art (not offered in 2017-18)
  • CLAS 131 Imagining New Worlds: From Homer to Columbus and Beyond (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Literature (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 126 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 204 History of the English Language
  • ENGL 205 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 206 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern
  • ENGL 209 The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe
  • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy
  • ENGL 228 Encountering the Other: The Crusades (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 302 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2017-18)
  • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II (not offered in 2017-18)
  • EUST 111 The Age of Cathedrals
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2017-18)
  • GEOL 245 “When the Earth Shook…” Earthquakes in Human History & Lab
  • GRK 280 Philosophers and Martyrs (not offered in 2017-18)
  • GRK 281F Introduction to Byzantine Greek (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 100 Migration and Mobility in the Medieval North
  • HIST 131 Saints, Sinners, and Philosophers in Late Antiquity (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 137 Early Medieval Worlds (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 138 Crusades, Mission, and the Expansion of Europe (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 201 Rome Program: Community and Communication in Medieval Italy, CE 300-1250 (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 202 Icons, Iconoclasm, and the Quest for the Holy in Byzantium and Its Neighbors
  • HIST 203 Icons for All: A Public Humanities Practicum
  • HIST 204 Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 206 Rome Program: Eternal City in Time: Structure, Change, and Identity (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 231 Mapping the World Before Mercator
  • HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 843-1453 (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 234 Papacy, Church, and Empire in the Middle Ages (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 236 Women and Gender in Europe before the French Revolution (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 238 The Viking World (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 243 The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France
  • HIST 245 Ireland: Land, Conflict and Memory (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 246 The Material World of the Anglo-Saxons
  • HIST 273 Go-Betweens and Rebels in the Andean World (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LATN 233 Catiline (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LATN 246 Livy (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LATN 257 Caesar, Lucan, and Civil War (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LATN 258 Seminar: Horace (not offered in 2017-18)
  • LATN 280 Martyr Texts from Roman North Africa (not offered in 2017-18)
  • MUSC 210 Medieval and Renaissance Music (not offered in 2017-18)
  • PHIL 270 Ancient Philosophy: The Good Life
  • POSC 250 Ancient Political Philosophy: Plato's Republic (not offered in 2017-18)
  • POSC 254 Freedom, Excellence, Happiness: Aristotle's Ethics (not offered in 2017-18)
  • POSC 354 Freedom, Excellence, Happiness: Aristotle's Ethics* (not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 100 Illness, Medicine, and Magic
  • RELG 121 Introduction to Christianity
  • RELG 122 Introduction to Islam
  • RELG 228 Martyrdom (not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 233 Gender and Power in the Catholic Church
  • RELG 263 Sufism (not offered in 2017-18)
  • RELG 287 Many Marys (not offered in 2017-18)
  • SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote
  • SPAN 331 Baroque Desires (not offered in 2017-18)

Capstone Seminars (please consult with Minor Coordinator regarding the Capstone Seminar)
(Six credits required):

  • ARCN 395 Archaeology: Science, Ethics, Nationalism and Cultural Property (not offered in 2017-18)
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2017-18)
  • HIST 395 Voyages of Understanding