Curriculum

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medieval Studies offers four tracks, draws from twelve disciplines, and is tailored to each student’s personal and professional goals. Anthropology; Art, Art History, and Design; Classics; English; German and Russian; History; Irish Language and Literature; Music; Philosophy; Political Science, Romance Language and Literature; and Theology are the contributing departments. From these, students are encouraged to build a unique program of study, in consultation with a faculty advisor, around an area of concentration that captures an interest, prepares for a field, or contributes to an academic pursuit.

Students interested in Medieval Studies may elect one of the following four options:

1. Major in Medieval Studies
2. Honors Major in Medieval Studies
3. Supplementary Major in Medieval Studies
4. Minor in Medieval Studies

All three Major tracks include two common components. Each student’s curriculum is built around a concentration chosen by the individual (from the eleven participating departments), in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The concentration requires a minimum of four interrelated courses which reflect an intellectual and curricular coherence. A Medieval Studies’ seminar (3 credits) is the second common element in each of the Major tracks. Students in the seminars are expected to read widely and discuss vigorously a set of sources which present a particular issue from several points of view. In addition they are also expected to write a substantial research paper. The goal of the seminar is to engage students in thinking critically and knowledgeably across the boundaries of traditional disciplines while maintaining a focus on a particular time, place, or issue.

All Major and Minor tracks have an introductory required course (3 credits), MI 20001, The World of the Middle Ages.

Following are brief outlines of the basic requirements for the three Major tracks and the Minor track. Further details can be obtained from the Linda Major, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Medieval Institute.

Medieval Studies Major (30 credits)

  • MI 20001, The World of the Middle Ages

  • Four courses drawn from two of more departments representing a concentration

  • Four electives in Medieval Studies drawn from at least two departments

  • One advanced seminar (4000-level or above) in Medieval Studies

Medieval Studies Honor Major (36 credits)

  • Same requirements as Major in Medieval Studies (see above)

  • EXCEPT one Intermediate Latin course and one Advanced Latin course are required in lieu of two Medieval electives

  • PLUS an Honors Thesis for 6 credits

Medieval Studies Supplementary Major (24 credits)

  • MI 20001, The World of the Middle Ages

  • Four courses drawn from two or more departments representing a concentration

  • Two or three elective in Medieval Studies

  • One advanced seminar (4000-level or above) in Medieval Studies on a space-available basis and in conjunction with the Medieval Studies elective option

Medieval Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (15 credits)

  • MI 20001, The World of the Middle Ages,

  • Three or four elective in Medieval Studies drawn from at least two departments

  • One advanced seminar (4000-level or above) in Medieval Studies on a space-available basis and in conjunction with the Medieval Studies elective option

Students have access to the resources of the collection and staff of the library that forms the core of the Medieval Institute. They are also encouraged to attend the Institute’s lectures and academic events. Undergraduate compete for the Michel Prize, awarded to an outstanding paper written on a medieval topic, and both majors and minors in Medieval Studies participate in the unique all-Latin graduation ceremony sponsored by the Institute.

If you are interested in a major or minor in Medieval Studies, please contact:

Linda Major
Director of Undergraduate Studies
715-N Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Tel: (574) 631-8645
Email: lmajor@nd.edu