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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

General Information

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.

Requirements

The minor is open to all undergraduates university-wide.
Total Credits Needed: 18 credits 

View the course catalog for the minor.

Catalogue of Courses on Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies taught in the Fall Semester 2018 (PDF)

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 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, monastic life, the Reformation, the beginnings of capitalism and consumerism, as well as the power of city states.

Program Director

Albrecht Diem

Albrecht Diem 
Associate Professor, History

Program Faculty

Crystal Bartolovich

Crystal Bartolovich 
Associate Professor
English

Jean-François Bédard

Jean-François Bédard  
Associate Professor, Architecture

Brian Brege

Brian Brege 
Assistant Professor

Virginia Burrus

Virginia Burrus 
The Bishop W. Earl Ledden Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Religion

Dympna Callaghan

Dympna Callaghan 
William Safire Professor of Modern Letters
English

Sally J. Cornelison

Sally J. Cornelison 
Professor, Art History / Director, Florence M.A. Program in Italian Renaissance Art

Wayne Franits

Wayne Franits 
Distinguished Professor of Art History | Interim Director of Graduate Studies in Art History

Alejandro García-Reidy

Alejandro García-Reidy 
Assistant Professor, Spanish

Samantha Kahn Herrick

Samantha Kahn Herrick 
Associate Professor, History

Christopher Kyle

Christopher Kyle 
Associate Professor, History

Matilde Mateo

Matilde Mateo 
Associate Research Professor, Art History

Ahmed Abdel Meguid

Ahmed Abdel Meguid 
Assistant Professor
Religion

Patricia Moody

Patricia Moody 
Associate Professor,
English

Kara Richardson

Kara Richardson 
Undergraduate Director and Associate Professor
Philosophy

William Robert

William Robert 
Associate Professor
Religion

Stefano Selenu

Stefano Selenu 
Assistant Teaching Professor of Italian Language, Literature, and Culture and Coordinator of the Italian Language Program

Stephanie Shirilan

Stephanie Shirilan 
Associate Professor,
English

Junko Takeda

Junko Takeda 
Associate Professor, History

Matthieu H. van der Meer

Matthieu H. van der Meer 
Assistant Professor, Classics

Amanda Eubanks Winkler

Amanda Eubanks Winkler 
Associate Professor, Music History and Cultures