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Program overview

Major: Medieval & Early Modern Studies

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) program and the courses that make up its offerings are designed to help students gain an awareness of the interconnectedness of historical, cultural, and artistic developments in Europe from the eighth through the seventeenth centuries. Courses offered in this program range from the study of revolutions in religious belief to the impact of the printing press on literature and culture, from artistic representations of she-devils to the writings of political and moral philosophers, from Charlemagne to Falstaff.

The MEMS program is truly interdisciplinary. Ten faculty from eight different disciplines offer courses pertinent to the major. Majors are guided to choose the course of study best suited to their interests. The capstone course is an opportunity for students to do an independent research project under the guidance of faculty mentors.

Off-campus study

We encourage our students to study off-campus, especially as a participant in the following semester-long courses sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest:

The college also offers block-long research seminars, taught by members of the faculty, at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Majors may also participate in the semester-long program at the Newberry, sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.