2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
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2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor

Amanda Eubanks Winkler
Director of Medieval/Renaissance Studies
308 Bowne Hall


Crystal Bartolovich, Jean-François Bédard, Brian Brege,Virginia Burrus, Dympna Callaghan,Sally Cornelison, Albrecht Diem, Wayne Franits, Ken Frieden, Alejandro Garcia-Reidy, Samantha Kahn Herrick, Amy Kallander, Norman Kutcher, Chris Kyle, Matilde M. Mateo, Gladys McCormick, Ahmed El-Sayed Abdel Meguid, Patricia Moody, Tessa Murphy, Kara Richardson, William Robert, Stefano Selenu, Martin Shanguhyia,Stephanie Shirilan, Scott Manning Stevens, Junko Takeda, Edwin Van Bibber-Orr, Matthieu van der Meer, Amanda Winkler

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify historical changes during the Medieval and Renaissance periods

2. Analyze the cultural products of the Medieval and Renaissance periods

3. Describe at least two disciplinary perspectives in Medieval and Renaissance studies

4. Apply central issues and methods of scholarship in our fields to their own research

5. Express ideas clearly through writing


Medieval and Renaissance Studies explores the birth of our own familiar world while introducing students to an often alien and mysterious past. Students will embark an intellectual adventure through coursework that focuses on the 

Post-Roman world, the medieval church, the crusades, medieval and early modern sexualities, life and death in the Middle Ages, lives of medieval saints, monastic life,  the advent of science, the voyages of discovery, the birth of democracy, the writings of the great poets from Dante to Shakespeare, the monumental achievements of artists such as Michelangelo and Rembrandt, the birth of print culture and censorship, the Reformation, the beginnings of capitalism and consumerism, as well as the power of city states.

Students will be able to make cross-cultural comparisons by taking classes on African, Asian, Middle Eastern or Early American History, Culture, Philosophy, Art and Religions covering the period between the fourth and the seventeenth century 

The minor is open to all undergraduates university-wide.

Total Credits Needed: 18 credits distributed as follows

II. The remaining 12 credits must be courses at the 300 level or above

III. One upper division history [HST] course (3 credits)

One upper division history [HST] course (3 credits) on a Medieval and/or Renaissance topic

IV. Three additional upper division courses (9 credits)

Three additional upper division courses (9 credits) on Medieval and/or Renaissance topics. See List of courses below.

V. No more than three courses (9 credits)

No more than three courses (9 credits) upper or lower division may be taken in the same discipline.

List of Upper Division Courses in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

N.B. In addition to the courses below, there are many courses in English and Textual Studie (ETS 230, 310, 311, 320, 361, 420, 440, 444), History (HST 300, 301, 401), Architecture (ARC 500), Art History (HOA 300, 400, 500), Literature (LIT 300), Philosophy (PHI 200, 400), Religion (REL 200, 300), Spanish (SPA 400), Italian (ITA 300), Music History (HOM 400) and other departments whose subject changes from semester to semester and that can be counted toward the minor. Courses are also offered in the various SU Abroad centers that may also be counted toward the minor. Those wishing to have any of these courses count should petition the coordinator (advisor) of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor to have these courses count toward the minor. Please check the Catalogue of Courses in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Studies that we publish every semester.