Loyola University Chicago

Medieval Studies


The Minor

The minor in Medieval Studies is designed for students who want to learn more about the Middle Ages in all its multifaceted splendor, without limiting themselves to a single department. This program encourages students to explore the medieval world through a variety of courses taught in our four core departments of History, Theology, English and Philosophy, plus course offerings in Classical Studies, Modern Languages and the various areas of Fine Arts. The Medieval Seminar (MSTU 300 & 301), taught over two semesters, is an exciting opportunity to meet medievalists from other institutions, and to work closely with medievalist faculty here at Loyola on an interdisciplinary project of your own design.

The centerpiece of the Medieval Studies Minor is the lecture series. Since 1990, this series of three lectures per semester has introduced students, faculty and visitors to some of the most prominent and innovative medieval scholars in the country (and beyond). The theme of the lecture series changes each year: past themes include "Magic and Medicine," "Popular Piety: Prayer, Devotion and Cult," "Medieval Gardens, Real and Imagined," and "To Hell and Back: Visions, Dreams, Prophecies."

The lecture series, while open to all students as well as the public, is an integral part of MSTU 300 & 301. Students who take this two-part seminar attend all the lectures and meet with the speakers, while pursuing a research project of their own, linked to the theme of the course. The seminar not only allows students an opportunity to integrate methods and materials they have learned in other disciplines, it also provides skills and experience that will be useful as they apply to graduate school.

Requirements for the Medieval Studies Minor

A (3.0 credit hours)

  • MSTU 300. Integrative Seminar I (Fall; 1.5 credit hours) and
  • MSTU 301. Integrative Seminar II (Spring; 1.5 credit hours)

Not open to first-year students. MSTU 300 & 301 may be taken out of order.

B (9.0 credit hours)

Three approved courses on medieval topics, from any three different core departments: History, Theology, Philosophy or English

C (6.0 credit hours)

Two elective courses from any course cross-listed with Medieval Studies from the four departments listed above, or from: Modern Languages, Fine Arts, Classical Studies

Your electives may include one Latin course.

Total: 18 credit hours Some credit hours may overlap with your major field(s) and the University Core.

Why Choose Medieval Studies?

Your future employers—whatever you decide to do—want to see evidence of your broad range of interests, your skills in assessing and interpreting evidence, your critical thinking abilities, your foundation in the humanities, your keen curiosity about the world, your adaptability in using different methods and techniques to solve problems and your communication skills.

All of these skills and more are honed in the Medieval Studies minor. In addition, you will find that the cultural worlds of the Middle Ages are endlessly fascinating, both evocative of our age and very remote from it. In the Medieval Studies Program you will discover great literature, profound philosophy, groundbreaking theology, fabulous art and some the most interesting people you'll ever meet.

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This page updated 19 February 2013 by jlong1@luc.edu