Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Minor)

Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies draws from a wide range of courses across two faculties and several disciplines to form a unified whole.

The millennium-long period between the fall of Rome and the Enlightenment possesses enormous importance to the further development of the Western world, and, given the dominance which the Western European world later attained, to the rest of the world. In particular, the Medieval and Renaissance periods witness the beginnings of print culture, European expansion, the founding of the modern state, the construction of credit mechanisms and modern notions of currency, and important advances in technology and communications. Its study intersects with and informs economic, political, and social history, and the histories of ideas and technology. It is also the founding period for several major world languages and lays the groundwork of their literatures.

Language Requirement

Students must complete 6 credits in one language other than English spoken in Europe during the relevant time period.

Note: the language requirement is in addition to the B.A. requirements for an approved second language. The language may be the same as that used to satisfy the B.A. requirement but carried to a higher level, or it may be an additional language, such as Latin, Greek, Old English, etc.

First and Second Years

Students must complete all of the B.A. first- and second-year credit requirements, as well as any prerequisites for the required upper-level courses. In addition, students must complete the following:

  • One of ENGL 220, 241, 242, 243; and
  • 3 credits from HIST 116, 119.

Third and Fourth Years

18 credits from the courses listed below. Students may not apply more than 9 credits in a single discipline towards the Minor.

Art History and Visual Culture Course List
ARTH 370 Art and Literature of the Islamic World
Economics Course List
ECON 330 World Economy to 1800
English Course List
ENGL 315 Studies in Backgrounds to 16th-Century Literature
ENGL 340 Introduction to Old English
ENGL 343 Old English Literature
ENGL 344 Medieval Studies
ENGL 347 Renaissance Studies
ENGL 349 17th-Century Studies
ENGL 411 Tudor and Stuart Drama
ENGL 420 17th-Century Literature: Prose
ENGL 422 17th-Century Literature: Poetry
ENGL 427 Chaucer's Earlier Poetry
ENGL 428 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
ENGL 438 Shakespeare: Earlier Works
ENGL 439 Shakespeare: Later Works
French Course List1
FREN 407 Studies in Medieval French Literature
FREN 408 Studies in French Literature of the 16th Century
FREN 439 Epistolary Style: When Women Speak
FREN 460 17th-Century French Tragedy
FREN 461 17th- and 18th-Century French Comedy
History Course List
HIST 305 British Imperial History up to 1783
HIST 308 The Scientific Revolution
HIST 325 Europe in 1215
HIST 343 Tudor England, 1485-1603
HIST 344 Stuart England, 1603-1714
HIST 413 Reformation Europe
HIST 414 Medieval England
HIST 420 Women in Early Modern Europe
HIST 424 Women in the Middle Ages
HIST 471 History of Germany to 1789
Latin Course List1
LATN 300 Introduction to Latin for Senior Students
LATN 480 Directed Studies in Latin
Philosophy Course List
PHIL 314 Philosophy in the 17th Century
Political Science Course List
POLI 354 History of Political Ideas I
Spanish Course List1
SPAN 410 Medieval Literature
SPAN 420 Golden Age Literature

Note: not all courses will be offered each year.

Occasional offerings of courses, such as Spanish 380 (Selected Topics in Spanish), may concentrate on the relevant period and will therefore be considered as satisfying some of the credits towards this Minor.

1French, Latin, and Spanish courses may be used to satisfy either the additional language requirement or the third- and fourth-year requirements.

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