The Medieval and Early Modern Studies 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 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. Students may develop an individualized major in Medieval and Early Modern Studies by following the recommendations given below and filing with the Registrar a Contract for an Individualized Major. See Declaration of Degree Candidacy, Majors, and Minors.

A total of nine credits, distributed in the following manner:

  1. A minimum of eight course credits from at least four departments, distributed between the following two categories. Of these eight, no more than four courses may be in a single department.
    1. History, Philosophy, and Religion -
      At least three courses selected from among the following: HIS 101 (Europe: 800-1300), 102 (Europe: 1300-1700), 304 (Europe: the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries), 317 (The Crusades), 319 (Women in Medieval Europe), 320 (Persecution, Tolerance and Minorities in Medieval Europe); PHI 304 (Modern Philosophy: Seventeenth Century); REL 354 (The Protestant Revolution); or, with the approval of the student's Medieval and Early Modern Studies advisor, other appropriate courses from History, Philosophy, and Religion.
    2. Literature and the Arts -
      At least three courses selected from among the following: ART 256 (Italian Renaissance Art: Art, Architecture, and Humanism), 257 (Medusa's Gaze: Art in the Age of Galileo), 361 (Saints and She-Devils); ENG 321 (Studies in Medieval English Literature), 322 (Medieval and Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare's Rivals), 323 (Shakespeare I: Comedies and Romances), 324 (Shakespeare II: Histories and Tragedies), 325 (Studies in Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature), 326 (Milton); FRE 321 (Passionate Extremes in Early Modern France); MUS 321 (History of Western Music I: Medieval and Renaissance), 322 (History of Western Music II: Baroque and Classical); SPA 321 (Golden Age: Romancero and the Comedia), 322 (Golden Age: Don Quijote); or, with the approval of the student's Medieval and Early Modern Studies advisor, other appropriate courses from literature and the arts;
  2. MEM 485 (capstone experience); and
  3. Competence in French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, or Spanish at the 205 level, satisfied by one of the following: (1) 205 or the equivalent; (2) placement into a 300-level course through an examination; or (3) passing a proficiency examination at the 205 level.