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.

The program 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.