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Medieval and Renaissance Studies Concentration (MRST)

Directors: Associate Professors Victoria Morse and William North

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Concentration 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 concentration 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 concentration: 18 credits in "Core" courses, 18 credits in "Supporting" courses; and a capstone seminar. In addition to the seminars listed below, students may count--with prior approval of both the course instructor and the concentration coordinator’s--other advanced seminars in which the concentrator’s research focuses on a topic within the period covered by the concentration

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 for up to two "core" courses (12 credits) and two "supporting courses" (12 credits).

Requirements for the Concentration

Core Courses (3 courses/18 credits required):

ARBC 231 Classical Arabic Literature (adab) in the Making

ARCN 246 Archaeological Methodology (not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 101 Introduction to Art History I

ARTH 155 Islamic Art and Architecture (not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 234 Italian Renaissance Art

ARTH 285 Postwar Italian Culture: From Neo-Realism to the Open Work

CLAS 229 The Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and Islam (not offered in 2009-2010)

ENGL 110 English Literature, I

ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Narrative

ENGL 144 Shakespeare I

ENGL 244 Shakespeare I

ENGL 300 Chaucer I: The Canterbury Tales (not offered in 2009-2010)

ENGL 301 The Courtly Chaucer (not offered in 2009-2010)

ENGL 309 Renaissance Selves

ENGL 310 Shakespeare II (not offered in 2009-2010)

ENGL 313 Major Works of the English Renaissance: The Faerie Queene

ENGL 314 Major Works of the English Renaissance: Paradise Lost

FREN 351 Topics in Sixteenth Century Literature: Metamorphoses: Love, War and Monsters in Early Modern France (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 130 The Formation of Christian Thought

HIST 137 Before Europe: The Early Medieval World, 250-c. 1050

HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe

HIST 204 Crusade, Contact and Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 230 Institutional Structure and Culture in the Middle Ages

HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 710-1453 (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 235 Dante's Italy (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 236 Women's Lives in Pre-Modern Europe

HIST 239 Britain, c. 1485-1834: From Sceptred Isle to Satanic Mills

HIST 243 The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France

HIST 330 Gender, Ethics and Power in Medieval France (not offered in 2009-2010)

LATN 241 Petronius and Apuleius (not offered in 2009-2010)

MUSC 210 Medieval and Renaissance Music

RELG 122 Introduction to Islam

RELG 163 The Qur’an

RELG 231 Protestant Thought (not offered in 2009-2010)

RELG 263 Sufism (not offered in 2009-2010)


Supporting Courses (18 credits required):

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

ARCN 246 Archaeological Methodology (not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 155 Islamic Art and Architecture (not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 170 Printmaking: The First Media Revolution

ARTH 230 The Sistine Chapel (not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 233 Van Eyck, Bosch, Bruegel: Their Visual Culture (not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 238 Rembrandt, Vermeer and Netherlandish Art (not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 285 Postwar Italian Culture: From Neo-Realism to the Open Work

CLAS 229 The Later Roman Empire, Byzantium and Islam (not offered in 2009-2010)

ENGL 110 English Literature, I

ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Narrative

ENGL 144 Shakespeare I

ENGL 244 Shakespeare I

ENGL 301 The Courtly Chaucer (not offered in 2009-2010)

ENGL 310 Shakespeare II (not offered in 2009-2010)

ENGL 313 Major Works of the English Renaissance: The Faerie Queene

ENGL 314 Major Works of the English Renaissance: Paradise Lost

ENGL 381 London Program: Staging the Early Modern City, 1400-1650

EUST 110 Introduction to European Studies: The Age of Cathedrals

FREN 351 Topics in Sixteenth Century Literature: Metamorphoses: Love, War and Monsters in Early Modern France (not offered in 2009-2010)

GERM 230 From Gutenberg to Gates: The History and Practice of Printing

GERM 231 Damsels, Dwarfs, and Dragons: Medieval German Literature (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 137 Before Europe: The Early Medieval World, 250-c. 1050

HIST 139 Foundations of Modern Europe

HIST 204 Crusade, Contact and Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 232 Renaissance Worlds in France and Italy (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 233 Cultures of Empire: Byzantium, 710-1453 (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 235 Dante's Italy (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 236 Women's Lives in Pre-Modern Europe

HIST 238 The World of Bede (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 238 Topics in Medieval History: Church, Papacy and Empire (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 243 The Peasants are Revolting! Society and Politics in the Making of Modern France

HIST 245 Ireland: The Origin of the Troubles (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 330 Gender, Ethics and Power in Medieval France (not offered in 2009-2010)

LATN 241 Petronius and Apuleius (not offered in 2009-2010)

MUSC 210 Medieval and Renaissance Music

POSC 250 Ancient Political Philosophy (not offered in 2009-2010)

RELG 122 Introduction to Islam

RELG 263 Sufism (not offered in 2009-2010)

SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote (not offered in 2009-2010)


Capstone Seminars (one course required):

ARCN 395 Archaeology Capstone Seminar

ENGL 309 Renaissance Selves

FREN 351 Topics in Sixteenth Century Literature: Metamorphoses: Love, War and Monsters in Early Modern France (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 330 Gender, Ethics and Power in Medieval France (not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 333 Iconoclasm (not offered in 2009-2010)