Photo of Raphael's School of Athens, 1509

Want to know how the library can enrich your MERS experience?

Zoe Weinstein is the Academic Outreach Librarian for the Humanities and the liaison for the MERS program. She is available for faculty, staff, and students and can help with everything from citations to basic research to dissertations and beyond. You can contact her at or make an appointment at

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The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program provides students with a broad introduction to the development of Western civilization from the end of antiquity to the 17th century. It is founded on the principle that an interdisciplinary perspective is the most profitable way to gain an understanding of the formation of early modern Europe.

In order to develop a multifaceted picture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, all students select one of two core courses in history, and they are encouraged to explore a variety of disciplinary perspectives provided by various national literatures, fine arts and philosophy. The exact balance of these approaches depends on a student's interest. The program offers a useful complement to many concentrations, and it is a good foundation for graduate study in a variety of fields.

Read the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program's Learning Goals (pdf).