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For course descriptions, see the Brandeis University Bulletin.


Primarily for Undergraduate Students
MERL 98a Signature of the instructor required. Usually offered every year.
MERL 98b Signature of the instructor required. Usually offered every year.
Core Courses
HIST 110b The Civilization of the High and Late Middle Ages
HIST 123a The Renaissance
The following courses are approved for the minor. Not all are given in any one year. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes each semester.
CLAS 115b Topics in Greek and Roman History
CLAS 166a Medieval Literature: A Millennium of God, Sex and Death
COML 102a Love in the Middle Ages
COML 103b Madness and Folly in Renaissance Literature
ENG 33a Shakespeare
ENG 43a Major English Authors, Chaucer to Milton
ENG 63a Renaissance Poetry
ENG 73a Witchcraft and Magic in the Renaissance
ENG 103a Exploring the Self in Seventeenth-Century Poetry
ENG 123a Dream Visions: Genre, History and the Mysterious
ENG 133a Advanced Shakespeare
ENG 143a Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
ENG 152b Arthurian Literature
ENG 173a Spenser and Milton
FA 39b Islamic Art and Architecture
FA 40b The Formation of Jewish, Christian and Islamic Art
FA 41a Art and the Origins of Europe
FA 42b The Age of Cathedrals
FA 43a The Art of Medieval England
FA 45a St. Peter's and the Vatican
FA 51a Art of the Early Renaissance in Italy
FA 54b Renaissance Art in Northern Europe
FA 58b High and Late Renaissance in Italy
FA 60a Baroque in Italy and Spain
FA 63a The Age of Rubens and Rembrandt
HISP 110a Introduction to Peninsular Spanish Literature
HIST 110a The Civilization of the Early Middle Ages
HIST 110b The Civilization of the High and Late Middle Ages
HIST 112b The Crusades and the Expansion of Medieval Europe
HIST 113a English Medieval History
HIST 120a Britain in the Later Middle Ages
HIST 121a Breaking the Rules: Deviance and Nonconformity in Premodern Europe
HIST 123a The Renaissance
HIST 123b Reformation Europe (1400-1600)
HIST 126a Early Modern Europe (1500-1700)
HIST 127b Household and Family in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1300-1800)
HIST 135a Monarchies and Republics: Early Modern Political Thought
IECS 140a Dante's Divine Comedy
IMES 104a Islam: Civilization and Institutions
LAT 125a Medieval Latin
MUS 10a Early Music Ensemble
MUS 10b Early Music Ensemble
MUS 110b The Authenticity Question: Applying Historical Performance Practices
MUS 131b Music in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
NEJS 140a
History of the Jews from the Maccabees to 1497
NEJS 140b The Jews in Europe to 1791
NEJS 149a The Jews of Muslim and Christian Spain
NEJS 151b Ghettos, Gondolas and Gelato: The Italian Jewish Experience
NEJS 152a From Inquisition to Holocaust
NEJS 152b
Anti-Judaism, Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism
NEJS 157b
Medieval Jewish Philosophy
NEJS 188a The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800
NEJS 194b Sufi Teachings
Elective Courses Counting as Colloquium Course
The following courses may count as medieval and renaissance studies colloquia for the capstone option as outlined in the requirement section; otherwise, they count as an elective.
ESC 100b European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Making of European Modernity
ENG 132b Chaucer I
FA 191b Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art
FREN 120a The French Middle Ages: Before France Was France
FREN 122b The Renaissance: When France Became France
HECS 150a Golden Age Drama and Society
HISP 120b Don Quijote
HISP 125b Literary Women in Early Modern Spain
HIST 221b Colloquium in Early Modern European History
LAT 125a Medieval Latin
MUS 200b Proseminar in Medieval Music
NEJS 179a Jewish Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
NEJS 180a Love and Passion in Medieval Jewish Literature and Thought