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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Medieval and Renaissance studies allows students the opportunity to discover and re-examine knowledge about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and to teach students how to employ a variety of methods of historical and theoretical analysis as models for such scholarship.

The program provides students an opportunity to explore and excel at the highest academic level in an area of study they are passionate about. Courses and the faculty who teach them bring together a wide variety of interests and knowledge from a broad range of academic departments, which provide students in the minor a true interdisciplinary experience.

Students interested in a Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor should contact the director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. 

Requirements

The requirements for a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies are:

A minimum of 18 credit hours:

  • At least 12 credit hours must be fulfilled by courses in the Primary Curriculum (see below), including at least 3 of the following courses, in 3 different disciplines:

ARTH 1314 Art and Architecture of Medieval Europe (M)
ARTH 3344 Northern Renaissance Art in the Sixteenth Century (R)
ARTH 3441 Early Renaissance Art in Italy (R)
ARTH 3442 High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy (R)
ENGL 3457 Medieval Christian Mysticism (M)
ENGL 4401 Geoffrey Chaucer (M)
ENGL 4420 Studies in Early Modern British Literature (R)
HIST 1332 Medieval Europe (M)
HIST 1333 Medieval Christianity: Tradition & Transformation, 200-1200 (M)
HIST 2430 Medieval Kingship: Power, Patronage, and Propaganda (M)
PHIL 3412 Late Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (M)

  • The remaining credit hours may be fulfilled by courses in either the Primary or Supporting Curriculum (see below).
  • At least 6 hours from the Primary Curriculum must be in Medieval (M or MR) courses and at least 6 hours from the Primary Curriculum must be in Renaissance (R or MR) courses.
  • At least 9 credit hours of the total to be in upper division courses.
  • No more than 8 credit hours to overlap with the student’s primary major.
  • No more than 12 credit hours to be taken in any one department.

Students are encouraged to prepare themselves in modern European languages (normally French, German, Italian, and/or Spanish), as well as in Latin and/or Greek.

Please note that the requirements for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor have recently changed. The requirements listed above only apply to students newly enrolled for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Previously enrolled students should consult their enrollment year’s Courses of Study Bulletin for details of the minor requirements.

Courses

Primary Curriculum

M = counts toward the Medieval requirement
R = counts toward the Renaissance requirement
MR = counts toward either the Medieval or the Renaissance requirement

ARTH 1314 Art and Architecture of Medieval Europe (M)
ARTH 3339 Art at the Courts of Europe, c. 1330-1416 (M)
ARTH 3440 Northern Renaissance Art in the Fifteenth Century (MR)
ARTH 3441 Early Renaissance Art in Italy (R)
ARTH 3442 High Renaissance Art and Mannerist Art in Italy (R)
ARTH 3344 Northern Renaissance Art in the Sixteenth Century (R)
ARTH 3446 Jan van Eyck and His Legacy (MR)
ARTH 3391 Special Topics in Art History: Michelangelo (R)
ARTH 3392 Women’s Studies in Art History: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern Italy (MR)

ENGL 2301 British Literature: Epic to Romantic
ENGL 3346 History of the English Language (MR)
ENGL 3456 The Epic Legacy (M)
ENGL 3457/RELI 3457 Medieval Christian Mysticism (M)
ENGL 3358 Medieval and Early Renaissance Drama (MR)
ENGL 3359 Medieval Literature (M)
ENGL 3460 Shakespeare (R)
ENGL 3362 Early Modern British Literature, 1485-1603 (R)
ENGL 3363 Early Modern British Literature, 1603-1660 (R)
ENGL 4401 Geoffrey Chaucer (M)
ENGL 4302 Elizabethan and Jacobean Playwrights (R)
ENGL 4403 Milton (R)
ENGL 4419 Studies in Medieval Literature (M)
ENGL 4420 Studies in Early Modern British Literature (R)

HIST 1332 Medieval Europe (M)
HIST 1333 Medieval Christianity: Tradition and Transformation, 200-1200 (M)
HIST 1350 Medieval Islamic History, 570-1517 (M)
HIST 2430 Medieval Kingship: Power, Patronage, and Propaganda, 750-1035 (M)
HIST 3431The Anglo-Saxons: Scholars, Saints and Warriors (M)
HIST 3432 Vikings, Saxons, and Franks: The Barbarian North (M)
HIST 3433 The Middle Ages in Film (M)

PHIL 3412 Late Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (M)
PHIL 3422 Early Modern Philosophy (R)

SPAN 4331 Medieval Spanish Literature (M)
SPAN 4332 Spanish Golden Age Literature (R)
SPAN 4333 Don Quixote (R)
SPAN 4391 Special Topics: History of the Spanish Literature (MR)

Supporting Curriculum

ARTH 1407 Art History I: Prehistoric through Medieval Art
ARTH 1408 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art
ARTH 3330 Art and Architecture in the Late Classical World
ARTH 3343 Italian Baroque Art
ARTH 3345 Spanish Colonial Art and Architecture in Mexico

CLAS 3304 The Ancient Romance and Novel

FREN 3305 Introduction to French Literature I
FREN 4303 Topics in French Literature of the Seventeenth Century

GERM 3305 Introduction to German Literature I

GREK 2303 Readings in the New Testament

HIST 1334 Early Modern Europe
HIST 3314 The Mediterranean World in the Hellenistic Age
HIST 3318 The Roman Empire

MUSC 3341 Music History I

PLSI 3361 Classical Political Thought

RELI 3441 Creating Judaism
RELI 3443 Islamic Worlds
RELI 3454 The Letters of Paul

RUSS 3303 Russian Culture
RUSS 3305 Introduction to Russian Literature I

SPAN 3311 Spanish Civilization
SPAN 3330 Introduction to Spanish Literature to 1700
SPAN 3303 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
SPAN 4341 Literature of Colonial Spanish America

THTR 3333 History of Theatre and Drama

Faculty

  • Laura Agoston, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Art History
  • Douglas Brine, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Art History; Co-Director
  • Damian Caluori, D.Phil., Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Andrew Kraebel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English
  • Nicole Marafioti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History; Co-Director
  • Aaron Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English
  • Willis A. Salomon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English
Minor Description: 

The minor in medieval and Renaissance studies, an 18-hour minor, allows students the opportunity to discover and re-examine knowledge about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and teaches students how to employ a variety of methods of historical and theoretical analysis as models for such scholarship.