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Minors Snapshot - Medieval and Renaissance Studies


The minor is a part of Cross Disciplinary Programs.

The medieval and renaissance studies minor focuses on the period from the fall of Rome (5th century C.E.) to 1700. The minor allows students to take courses in art history, English, history, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and a range of languages (Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Latin as well as medieval languages such as Old English and Middle English) in the original or in translation. Students focus on either the medieval or the renaissance periods or combine course work from both periods.

The minor requires 18 credits. The 18 credit hours must include courses from at least three distinct disciplines. Note that all foreign language courses (ARAB, FR, GER, ITAL and LAT) fall into the single discipline of foreign languages and literatures. At least four of the six required classes must be taken from the intermediate or advanced categories. It is recommended that students take one introductory course before taking the 300 or 400 level classes.

Other courses with significant medieval and/or renaissance content may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the minor coordinator. In addition, students interested in pursuing a three-credit hour focused individual research project should contact individual faculty members with whom they might wish to work to determine the feasibility of this option in their particular cases. Only one such independent study will count toward the minor.

Approval of the minor coordinator will also be required in the following two cases. First, some courses will count toward the minor only if their content is focused on the medieval and/or renaissance periods. Second, because the content of HUM 200, HUM 250 and HUM 252 may vary, the minor coordinator will determine the appropriate disciplinary category for these courses.

Offering Academic Unit: The Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement

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