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Medieval/Renaissance Studies

the undergraduate minor.

Undergraduate students seeking to minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies must complete at least 18 credit hours of upper level (3000-4000) coursework from at least three of the four following areas: 1) Fine Arts; 2) Literature and Language; 3) History; and 4) Philosophy and Religion. A grade of “C” or above is required in each of these courses.

No more than 3 credits of independent study, directed readings, or internships may be applied toward the minor, and such study is subject to approval by the program director.

Students must also demonstrate successful completion of two years of study at the college level, or its equivalent, of an approved foreign language, such as Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian, or Latin.

 

courses.

 

Fine Arts

ART 3760

Art History Seminar

when topic pertains to medieval or renaissance art

ART 3770

History of Architecture to 1850

A survey of the history, aesthetics and technical developments in architecture from ancient times to the middle of the 19th century.

ART 4720

Women in Ancient and Medieval Art

A study of women and art in the ancient and medieval periods. The course will focus on several related topics: the representation of women in art, the role of women in the societies of this period and their possible role as artists, and the feminist critique of traditional views of art history.

ART 4750

Late Roman and Byzantine Art History

A study of painting, sculpture and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire from the founding of Constantinople, and of Western Europe from the time of Constantine to the dissolution of the Western Roman Empire.

ART 4770

Early Medieval Art History

A study of painting, sculpture and architecture of Western Europe from the time of the Migrations to 1150 A.D.

ART 4780

Late Medieval Art History

A study of painting, sculpture and architecture of Western Europe from approximately 115 A.D. to 1500 A.D.

ART 4810

Northern European Renaissance Art History

Study of painting, sculpture and architecture during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries in France, the Low Countries, Germany, Spain and England.

ART 4830

Italian Renaissance Art History

Study of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.

ART 4930

Special Topics in Art History

when topic pertains to medieval or renaissance art

MUS 4540

Renaissance Music Literature

a comprehensive survey of music literature c. 1350-1600.

THEA 4010

Advanced Projects in Theater

Shakespeare Festival Internship (1-3 credits)

THEA 4020

Advanced Projects in Theater

Shakespeare Festival Internship (1-3 credits)

English and Foreign Literature

ENGL 3280

Irish Literature I

This course explores Irish literature from the early medieval period (c. 600) to the late nineteenth century and the Irish Literary Renaissance.  Texts include works written in Irish as well as in English, and cover a variety of genres, including but not limited to: early medieval monastic nature poetry, medieval prose saga literature, the Irish bardic and aisling traditions, political satire and laments, Anglo-Irish Ascendancy novels, and the Irish Gothic.

ENGL 4310

Middle English Literature

A survey of the principal writings in English, excluding those of Chaucer, from 1100 to 1500.

ENGL 4320

Chaucer

A literary, linguistic and historical study of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer: his dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and the Canterbury Tales.

ENGL 4330

Sixteenth-Century Literature

Poetry and prose of the English Renaissance, from its continental origins to the end of the Elizabethan age.

ENGL 4340

Shakespeare

A critical study of selected plays from among the four traditional Shakespearean genres: comedy, history, tragedy, and romance.

ENGL 4350

Shakespeare's Contemporaries

A study of the development of the English drama, exclusive of Shakespeare, from beginnings to 1642.

ENGL 4360

Seventeenth Century Literature

A study of English poetry and prose from 1600 to 1660 with emphasis on Milton.

ENGL 4390

Medieval Celtic Literature

This course examines the literature and culture of the Celtic civilizations.  The course examines the archeological record and texts about the Celts by Greek and Roman authors, as well as later medieval tales from the Irish, Welsh, and Breton traditions. All texts are in translation with guided reference to the original languages.

ENGL 4620

History of English

A critical study of both the internal and external histories of English. Includes historical development of English phonology, morphology, graphics, syntax, diction, dialects, and semantics.

ENGL 4960

Topics in Language and Literature

when the topic pertains to medieval or renaissance literature

FREN 3150

Introduction to French Literature I

Readings of French authors from the Middle Ages to 1800. Lectures, reports, collateral readings.

SPAN 3170

Survey of Spanish Literature I

Introduction to the principal authors and works of Spanish literature from El Cid to the 17th century.

SPAN 4090

Literature of the Golden Age

Foremost Spanish works of the 16th and 17th centuries with emphasis on Lazarillo de Tormes, La Celestina, Don Quixote and a selection of the great dramas produced by Lope de Vega and Calderon.

SPAN 4960

Pro-Seminar

when topic pertains to medieval or renaissance literature

RUSS 3370

Russian Culture and Civilization

A historical view of Russia through its political, literary, musical, religious and philosophical development from the 10th to the 20th centuries.

History

HIST 4510

Intellectual History: Modern Europe: Renaissance to French Revolution

A study of enduring political, religious, economic, scientific and philosophical ideas in their historical setting

HIST 4530

The Age of the Renaissance-Reformation

A study of the politics and economics of the 15th and 16th centuries as well as the achievements of Renaissance culture and the emergence of the Protestant churches and the Tretine Catholicism.

HIST 4540

Medieval Europe

An examination of medieval European history with emphasis upon social and economic developments.

HIST 4610

Tudor and Stuart England

A study of England under the Tudors when the English people solidified the monarchy and experienced a golden age, and the Stuarts continued modernization and formulated the new institutions foreshadowing those of our world today.

HIST 4910

Topics in History

when topic pertains to medieval or renaissance history

Philosophy and Religion

PHIL 3500

Problems in Philosophy

when topic pertains to medieval or renaissance philosophy

RELI 3170

History of Christianity

The development of Christian theological, ritual, and social practice from the beginnings of Christianity through the Reformation.

RELI 3200

Islam

A study of history, beliefs, and practices of Islam, including both Sunni and Shi'i traditions as well as the role of Sufism and contemporary movements.

RELI 3500

Special Topics in Religion

when topic pertains to medieval or renaissance religion