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 and the Mediterranean.
In order to develop a multifaceted picture of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, all students select one of several broad core courses in history and other fields. Students then are encouraged to explore a variety of disciplinary perspectives through their choice of designated courses in History, Literature, Music, Art and Philosophy. Since each student tailors the choice of electives to their interests, this program offers a useful complement to concentrations in the contributing departments, can create a focused Humanities minor to balance a stem major, and serves as a good foundation for graduate study in a variety of fields.