University Bulletin 2002-03
An interdepartmental program
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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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 majors, and it is a good foundation to graduate study in a variety of fields.

How to Become a Program Member (Minor)

The most important requirement for taking part in the program is an interest in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students may enter the program at any time in their undergraduate careers, but an early start maximizes a student's range of choice because a number of courses are offered at different intervals. Students should consult with their advisor and the chair of the program to map out their particular plan of study.


Dian Fox, Chair (Fall 2002)
(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Charles McClendon, Chair (Spring 2003)
(Fine Arts)

Bernadette Brooten
(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Mary Campbell
(English and American Literature)

William Flesch
(English and American Literature)

William Kapelle

Richard Lansing
(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Avigdor Levy
(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Joan Maling
(Linguistics and Psychology)

Michael McGrade

Sarah Mead-Ramsey

Jessie Ann Owens

Michael Randall
(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Benjamin Ravid
(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Eric Rice

Govind Sreenivasan

Ramie Targoff
(English and American Literature)

Jonathan Unglaub
(Fine Arts)

Cheryl Walker
(Classical Studies)

Requirements for the Minor

A. Core Course: HIST 110b (The Civilization of the High and Late Middle Ages) or HIST 123a (The Renaissance).

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

C. Four other courses from the program listing. In order to promote an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, two of these courses should be in two different fields other than history.

D. In addition, completion of one semester of independent study (98a or b), under the direction of one or more members of the program faculty, requiring completion of a research paper;


Participation in a program seminar or colloquium, when offered;


A senior thesis in the student's major, with an emphasis on some aspect of medieval or Renaissance studies and read by at least two faculty members in the program.

Special Notes

Please note that MUS 10a and 10b yield half-course credit each, therefore two semesters of MUS 10 are required to equal one full semester course, i.e., one elective course.

Courses of Instruction

(1-99) Primarily for Undergraduate Students

MEVL 98a Independent Study
Signature of the instructor required.
Usually offered every year.

MEVL 98b Independent Study
Signature of the instructor required.
Usually offered every year.

Elective Courses

The following courses are approved for the minor. Not all are given in any one year. Please consult the Course Schedule each semester.

CLAS 115b
Topics in Greek and Roman History

COML 102a
Love in the Middle Ages

COML 103b
Madness and Folly in Renaissance Literature

ENG 33a

ENG 43a
Major English Authors, Chaucer to Milton

ENG 63a
Renaissance Poetry

ENG 132b
Chaucer I

ENG 133a
Advanced Shakespeare

ENG 142b
Introduction to Old Norse

ENG 143a
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama

ENG 152b
Arthurian Literature

ENG 173a
Spenser and Milton

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 191b
Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art

FREN 120a
The French Middle Ages

FREN 122b
The Renaissance

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 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)

IECS 140a
Dante's Divine Comedy

IMES 104a
Islam: Civilization and Institutions

LAT 125a
Medieval Latin

MUS 10aand b
Early Music Ensembles
(two semesters required to equal one elective course)

MUS 110b
The Authenticity Question: Applying Historical Performance Practices

MUS 121a
History of Music to 1700

MUS 128b
Musical Life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

NEJS 123a
Medieval Jewish Philosophy

NEJS 124a
Varieties of Medieval Judaism

NEJS 131a
The Sephardic Experience, Part I

NEJS 140a
History of the Jews from Maccabees to 1497

NEJS 140b
The Jews in Europe to 1791

NEJS 147a
The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800

NEJS 151b
Merchants, Moneylenders, and Ghetti of Venice

NEJS 152a
From Inquisition to Holocaust

NEJS 152b
Anti-Judaism, Anti-Semitism, and Anti-Zionism

SPAN 110a
Introduction to Peninsular Spanish Literature

SPAN 120b
Don Quijote

SPAN 125b
Literary Women in Early Modern Spain

SECS 150a
Golden Age Drama and Society