98-99 University Bulletin Entry for:

Medieval Studies Program

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The Medieval Studies Programprovides students with a broad introduction to the Middle Ages.It is founded on the principle that an interdisciplinary perspectiveis the most profitable way to gain an understanding of this pivotalperiod in the development of Europe. All students take a corecourse in history, and they are encouraged to look at the periodfrom a variety of disciplinary perspectives provided by variousnational literatures, fine arts, and philosophy. The exact balanceof these approaches in a student's program depends on a student'sinterest. The program allows participants to develop a multifacetedpicture of the Middle Ages, and it is a good foundation for graduatestudy.

How to Become a ProgramMember

The most important requirementfor taking part in the program is an interest in the Middle Ages.Students may enter the program at any time in their undergraduatecareers, but an early start maximizes a student's range of choicebecause a number of the courses are only offered every other year.Students should consult with their advisor and head of the programto map out their particular program.


William Kapelle, Chair


Bernadette Brooten

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Mary Campbell

(English and American Literature)

Olga Davidson

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Reuven Kimelman

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Karen Klein

(English and American Literature)

Richard Lansing

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Charles McClendon

(Fine Arts)

Jessie Ann Owens


Michael Randall

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Benjamin Ravid

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Cheryl Walker

(Classical Studies)

Requirements for the Program

A.Core Course: HIST 110b (The Civilization of the High and LateMiddle Ages). Students are also encouraged, but not required,to take HIST 110a (The Civilization of the Early Middle Ages).

B.Students in the program must complete the University languagerequirement in one of the following: French, Italian, Spanish,German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Arabic, Persian, or Hebrew.

C.Four other courses from the program listing. In order to promotean interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle Ages,two of these courses should be in two different fields other thanhistory.

D.Completion of one semester of independent study (98a or b), underthe direction of one or more members of the program faculty, requiringcompletion of a research paper;


Participation in a programseminar or colloquium, when offered;


A senior thesis in the student'sdepartment of concentration, with an emphasis on some aspect ofmedieval studies and read by at least two faculty members in theprogram.

Courses of Instruction

(1-99) Primarily for UndergraduateStudents

MEVL 98a Independent Study

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


MEVL 98b Independent Study

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


Elective Courses

The following courses approvedfor the program are not all given in any one year, and therefore,the Course Schedule for each semester should be consulted.

COML 102a

Love in the Middle Ages

ENG 122a

The Medieval World

ENG 132b

Chaucer I

ENG 142b

Introduction to Old Norse

ENG 152b

Arthurian Literature

FA 41a

Art and the Origins of Europe

FA 42b

The Age of Cathedrals

FA 43a

The Art of Medieval England

FREN 120a

The French Middle Ages

HIST 110a

The Civilization of the EarlyMiddle Ages

HIST 110b

The Civilization of the Highand Late Middle Ages

HIST 112b

The Crusades and the Expansionof Medieval Europe

HIST 113a

English Medieval History

HIST 120a

Colloquium in Medieval Studies:From the Anglo-Saxon Invasions to Norman England

IMES 104a

Islam: Civilization and Institutions

ITAL 140a

Dante's Divine Comedy

MUS 32a

Music and the Idea of Renaissance

NEJS 128a

Explorations in Islamic LiteratureI: The Arab World

NEJS 128b

Explorations in Islamic LiteratureII: The Persian World

NEJS 140a

History of the Jews from Maccabeesto 1492

NEJS 150a

The Perception of the Other

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