Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn a minor in Renaissance and Medieval studies must complete:

  1. Core course: HIST 110b (The Civilization of the High and Late Middle Ages) or HIST 123a (The Renaissance).

  2. Students in the program must complete the university language requirement in one of the following: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Arabic, or Hebrew.

  3. In order to promote an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, three courses, each from a different area of study, must be chosen from the MERS elective course listing. Two semesters of MUS 80 (a or b) may fulfill one elective course.

  4. Capstone: In addition to the core history course and electives, students choose one of the three options for fulfilling the capstone of the minor:

    1. The completion of an independent study on a medieval or Renaissance topic (MEVL 98a or b) with one or more members of the program faculty.
    2. A senior thesis in the student’s major, with an emphasis on some aspect of medieval or Renaissance studies, read by at least two faculty members in the program.
    3. MERS colloquium. These are medieval and Renaissance program electives that are either (a) seminar classes with a research paper, or (b) taught in a foreign language and/or use predominantly original foreign language texts.
  5. No grade below a C will be given credit toward the minor.
  6. No course taken pass/fail may count toward the major requirements

For complete information, see Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program in the University Bulletin.