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Co-Directors: T. Gross-Diaz, B. Dutton


Medieval studies is comprised of the disciplines that study the lives and cultures of peoples living in Europe, the Middle East, and Byzantium during the period c. 300-1450.

The medieval studies minor focuses on issues in medieval life that are of compelling importance. The program is designed to enable students to connect courses in several departments with a series of annual lectures related to a different theme each year. Every year since 1990, the Medieval Studies Committee has sponsored lectures on important topics or themes in medieval culture including the family and the household, magic and medicine, the body, and literacy and the book. The lectures are linked to a book that is adopted in several classes that study the Middle Ages, allowing students in various classes to establish connections across disciplines and departments.

The medieval studies minor is designed for students who want to learn more about medieval topics that have arisen in courses about the Middle Ages and who want to deepen their understanding of medieval culture. Students who take the medieval studies minor will strengthen their chances of being accepted at universities where there are strong graduate programs in medieval studies. The center of the minor is Medieval Studies 300-301, a year-long tutorial in which students discuss the lectures and connect the theme to work in their courses. The tutorial continues for two semesters, with the student writing a research paper each semester based on the theme of the yearís lectures. The purpose of the tutorial is to help students link coursework in several disciplines and to see how the topic may be approached from various disciplinary perspectives.


The requirements for the medieval studies minor are given below. Note that students must be well advanced in their major field and must have taken at least three courses at the 200 or 300-level in the major before they can begin the minor.

  1. Medieval Studies 300 (Fall) and 301 (Spring).

  2. This is a course taught by two faculty members (one each semester) that results in three hours of credit when both parts are completed. Students registered for this two-part course attend all lectures of the Medieval Studies Committee (three each semester), meet regularly with their advisors, and write a major paper (about 25 pages) at the end of each semester summarizing what they have learned from the lectures, their outside readings on the lecture topic (assigned by their advisor), and how the lectures fit into the other courses they are taking, either in the medieval studies minor program or in their major.
  3. Four additional courses, one each in the four core fields of the program, which are English, history, philosophy, and theology.
  4. One course (the minimum), chosen in conjunction with the studentís advisor, from the list of medieval studies courses on the list below.
There is no language requirement for the medieval studies minor, but students interested in pursuing medieval studies are strongly urged to take Latin, French, or German as part of their undergraduate coursework.


300. Medieval Studies Integrative Experience I. (1.5)
In this course and in MSTU 301 students will attend lectures given by specialists in various disciplines on one general theme, read books and articles on the same topic and, under the supervision of a faculty member, write a 25-page paper integrating lectures and readings. (Offered in first semester only.)

301. Medieval Studies Integrative Experience II. (1.5)
Continuation of MSTU 300.
(Offered in second semester only.)

Core Departments


304. Medieval Culture. (ENGL 279) (CATH 278)

308. English Literature: The Medieval Periods. (CATH 321) (ENGL 320)

312. English Literature: Introduction to Anglo-Saxon. (ENGL 321)

316. Chaucer. (CATH 322) (ENGL 322)

320. Studies in Medieval Literature. (ENGL 323)


324. The Preindustrial City in Europe. (HIST 303)

328. Formation of Medieval Europe: 300-1100. (HIST 310)

332. Medieval World. (HIST 311)

336. Renaissance. (HIST 314)

340. England to 1485. (HIST 329)

343. Topics variable. (HIST)


344. Medieval Philosophy. (CATH 305) (PHIL 305)

346. The Philosophy of St. Augustine. (CATH 320) (PHIL 320)

348. Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas. (PHIL 340)

350. Seminar in Medieval Philosophy. (PHIL 396)


352. Great Christian Thinkers. (THEO 171)*

354. Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies: Hermits, Virgins, and Martyrs. (THEO 180)*

355. Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies: Mystical Theology. (THEO 180)*

356. History of Christianity. (THEO 181)*

360. Christian Thought: Ancient and Medieval. (THEO 317)
*These courses will be given the subtitle "Medieval" when taught by a professor who specializes in medieval studies.

Other Departments



384. Medieval Latin. (LATN 387)


380. Early Medieval Art. (FNAR 338)



372. Survey of Medieval Literature. (FREN 314)


364. Divine Comedy. (ITAL 312)

368. Survey of 13th-14th C. Literature. (ITAL 314)

376. Italian Authors: Dante. (ITAL 283)


373. Survey of Medieval Literature. (SPAN 314)

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