Loyola University Chicago

Medieval Studies

Fall 2019 Medieval Studies Courses

See below for Classes

Romance and Religion in Medieval European Literature

Tues-Thurs, 1:00-2:15 pm, Dr. Wheatley

This course will explore the symbiotic relationship between religious literature of the Middle Ages and the popular literary genre known as romance. We will examine how the Christian culture of medieval Europe deployed religious ideas in relatively secular romance settings, and how religious texts adopted and adapted some literary conventions of romance. Readings will include a variety of texts, including Arthurian literature from both France and England. Assignments will include two essays, weekly responses, and a final exam.

Tues-Thurs, 2:30-3:45 pm, Dr. Andrew Miller

This course examines the origins and development of the Crusades and the Crusader States in the Islamic East. It will explore crusade ideology, political and military histories of crusades, compare Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perceptions of the crusading movement, and consider invocations of Jihad and Crusade into the modern era.

Outcomes:  Students will learn about the histories of the Crusades, the communities impacted by them, and historiographical debates on the topic. They will write papers using primary and secondary sources.

Online Class, Dr. Wiley Feinstein

This course, taught in Italian, will examine the Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri and study Dante's poetic world in the context of Medieval culture. 

Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of Dante's Italian and understanding of the historical, cultural, critical and technical vocabulary needed to analyze the Divine Comedy.

Instructor Consent Required. Permission to enroll in this course must be obtained from the instructor.

THEO 281-001: Tues-Thurs, 10:00-11:15 am - Prof. Mara Brecht

THEO 281-002: Tues-Thurs, 1:00-2:15 pm - Prof. Mara Brecht

The course is a survey course in the history of Christian thought. Not a course in Church history, this is a course whose primary goal is to investigate the major interactions between Christian thought and practice and the cultures that it has been a part of in its two thousand year history. 

Outcomes: Students will learn to analyze and interpret religious texts, beliefs and practices using standard scholarly methods and tools.

Pre-requisite: THEO 100 or THEO 107.

THEO 317-01E: Tues-Thurs: 2:30 - 3:45 pm, Dr. Emily Cain

The development of various Christian doctrines in light of their historical milieu during the first fourteen centuries of Christian thought.

Outcome: Students will be able to assess how various configurations of theological perspectives can both expand and foreshorten the way human thinking has gone on.

This class satisfies the Engaged Learning requirement in the Undergraduate Research category.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Dr. Tanya Stabler Miller, interim Co-Director, at tstabler@luc.edu.