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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Dr. Mark Rankin, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3755
E-mail: rankinmc@jmu.edu

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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 the translation. Students focus on either the Medieval or the Renaissance periods or combine course work from both periods.

The minor requires 18 credits total from the list below, with the following restrictions. First, 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. Second, 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 adviser. 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 the option in their particular cases. Only one such independent study will count toward the minor.

Approval of the minor adviser will also be required in the following two cases. First, courses preceded by an asterisk (ENG 302, ENG 410, ENG 412, FR 446, GHUM 200, GHUM 250, GHUM 252, HIST 489, ITAL/ENG 437, PHIL 460 and REL 300) will count toward the minor only if their content is focused on the medieval and/or renaissance periods. Second, because the content of GHUM 200, GHUM 250 and GHUM 252 will vary, the minor adviser will determine the appropriate disciplinary category for such courses.

Introductory Courses

Courses
Credit Hours
GARTH 205. Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
3
GHIST 101. World History to 1500
3
*GHUM 200. Great Works (topic dependent)
3
*GHUM 250. Foundation of Western Culture (topic dependent)
3
*GHUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspectives (topic dependent)
3
HIST 201. Europe to 1815
3
HIST 269. Middle East 500-1500


3
Basic Language Courses

Courses
Credit Hours
LAT 101. Elementary Latin I
4
LAT 102. Elementary Latin II
4
LAT 231. Intermediate Latin I
3
LAT 232. Intermediate Latin II
3
ARAB 101. Elementary Arabic I
4
ARAB 102. Elementary Arabic II
4
ARAB 231. Advanced Arabic I
3
ARAB 232. Advanced Arabic II


3
Intermediate Courses

Courses
Credit Hours
ANTH 333. Celts, Vikings and Tribal Europe
3
ARTH 313. Masterpieces of Italian Renaissance Art
3
ARTH 320/ANTH 394. Studies in Fresco Preservation
3
ARTH 446. Italian Renaissance Art
3
*ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and Language (topic
     dependent)
3
ENG 311. Medieval Literature and Culture
3
ENG 312. Special Topics in Medieval Literature
3
ENG 313. Poetry and Prose of the Early British Renaissance
3
ENG 314. Seventeenth Century British Literature
3
ENG 315. Seventeenth Century British Poetry
3
ENG 316. Renaissance and Seventeenth-Century British Drama
3
HIST 383. Early England
3
HIST 389. France to 1789
3
MUAP 380. Collegium Musicum
3
PHIL 342. Medieval Philosophy
3
POSC 310. Political Theory: Ancient to Early Modern
3
*REL 300. Selected Topics in Religion (topic dependent)
3
REL 305. Islamic Religious Tradition
3
REL 360. History of Western Religious Thought

3

Advanced Courses

Courses
Credit Hours
ARTH 440. Early Medieval Art
3
ARTH 442. Art of Later Middle Ages
3
ARTH 444. Gothic and Gothic Revival Architecture
3
ARTH 448. Studies in Leonardo and Michelangelo
3
ARTH 449. Topics in Renaissance Art
3
*ENG 410. Major Author (topic dependent)
3
*ENG 412. Special Topics Seminar (topic dependent)
3
ENG 416. Old English Language and Literature
3
ENG 451. Chaucer
3
ENG 456. Shakespeare's Tragedies and Romances
3
ENG 457. Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
3
ENG 461. Milton
3
*FR 446. Studies in French Literature (topic dependent)
3
*GER 436. Studies in German Literature (topic dependent)
3
HIST 464. Renaissance and Reformation
3
HIST 466. The Family, 1400-1800
3
HIST 473. The Islamic World
3
HIST 477. Medieval Europe
3
*HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History (topic dependent)
3
*ITAL/ENG 437. Studies in Italian Literature (topic dependent)
3
MUS 373. Music History: Antiquity through 17001
2
*PHIL 460. Topics in Classical Philosophy (topic dependent)
3

1 MUS 373 is intended for music majors, and thus is not appropriate for students who lack expertise in reading music.


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