Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Immerse yourself in time: from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.
“Medieval and early modern studies is an exciting opportunity for self-starting students to build their own major around a passion for the Middle Ages and challenge themselves through reading and research.” -Michelle Herder, Associate Professor of History
MEMS courses 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, and from Charlemagne to Falstaff.
One Course At A Time allows an immersive study of the distant past, letting you really dig into the exciting and unfamiliar culture of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance. In a course on the Crusades, you will work with other students to develop a map-based website exploring its history. You might experience Renaissance politics through immersive simulations in which you play the roles of Florentine politicians or members of Parliament. Other students have adapted medieval French romances into digital games.
You’ll work directly with a faculty advisor to develop an individualized major plan in medieval and early modern studies, including work in languages, history, arts, and literature, culminating in a capstone research or creative project.
Ingenuity in action
Medieval and early modern studies is an interdisciplinary program that benefits from Cornell's Ingenuity curriculum, which enables you to delve deeper into your studies through research seminars led by Cornell faculty at Chicago's Newberry Library, research fellowships through the Cornell Fellows Program, and off-campus semesters in Florence or London-Florence.