Curriculum

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Have questions? Interested in majoring or minoring in Medieval Studies? Contact the MI's director of undergraduate studies, Linda Major

Overview

Medieval Studies offers three majors and one minor, draws from twelve disciplines, and is tailored to each student’s personal and professional goals. Students are encouraged to build a unique program of study, in consultation with a faculty advisor, around an area of concentration from the list below that captures an interest, prepares for a field, or contributes to an academic pursuit. 

  • Anthropology
  • Art, Art History, and Design
  • Classics
  • English
  • German and Russian
  • History
  • Irish Language and Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Romance Language and Literature
  • Theology

A Medieval Studies seminar (3 credits) is also required. 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.

Requirements

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 Honors 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. Undergraduates compete for the Robert M. Conway Prize, an annual award given for an outstanding paper written on a medieval topic, and both majors and minors in Medieval Studies participate in the Medieval Institute's unique all-Latin graduation ceremony.

Courses

Every semester the Medieval Institute originates courses and cross-lists courses originated by other departments. In each autumn and spring semester, approximately 25 courses that focus on medieval topics are open to undergraduate students. Some courses appear on the schedule on a yearly basis while others are offered irregularly. 

The most up-to-date information on course offerings for the current and upcoming semesters is found through Class Search. Course numbers 10000 to 59999 are for undergraduates.

Recent course offerings

MI 20185  Arthurian Literature

MI 20703  Early Christian/Byzantine Art

MI 20772  Medieval and Renaissance Music History

MI 30241  Ancient Japan

MI 30255  The 12th-century Renaissance & Reform

MI 30530  Survey of French Literature I

MI 30663  Historical Survey: Arab Middle East

MI 35811  Archaeology of Ireland

MI 40181  Medieval Dreaming & Dream Texts

MI 40565  The Divine Comedy: The Christian Universe

MI 43343  Aquinas on Human Nature

Helpful Links

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Bulletins of Information

Academic Calendar

FAQs

Can I count a Medieval Studies course as part of my major/minor requirements AND as a University core requirement? No.

Can I count MI 20001 (World of the Middle Ages) toward my University History or Literature requirement? MI 20001 can fulfill EITHER your University History OR your University Literature requirement (unless you are in Medieval Studies and counting the course toward your major/minor requirements in the program).

If I want to go to Graduate School after I get a B.A. in Medieval Studies, can I apply to a graduate program in a traditional field of study like English or History? A Medieval Studies undergraduate degree is excellent preparation for graduate study, whether in a Medieval Studies graduate program or in a standard departmental field. You may wish to strengthen your background with additional non-medieval course work in the department in which you will pursue graduate study. (For example, a Medieval Studies major who wants to go to graduate school in English might wish to take courses in literary theory or modern poetry.)

Do I have to be in the College of Arts and Letters to minor in Medieval Studies? No, you can minor in Medieval Studies regardless of your College or School affiliation.