College of Liberal Arts
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The concept of Medieval and Renaissance Studies is an integral part of the tradition of the University. The interdisciplinary major and minor are designed to appeal to students who desire to cultivate a broadly integrated understanding of Western civilization. Unlike the vertical orientations of departmental disciplines, which follow one field of study from its beginnings to the present, the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program cuts horizontally across 15 subject areas, such as art, architecture, drama, music, literature and philosophy, which were closely related in the Middle Ages. The program presents a variety of ways to acquire perspectives concerning the nature and origins of the world in which we live.
The major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies requires a minimum of 33 hours of coursework: 30 hours to be selected from among 70 courses in the School of Languages and Cultures, the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, and the departments of English, History, Philosophy and Political Science; and six hours of interdisciplinary courses. The minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies requires a minimum of 15 hours of coursework, consisting of 12 hours of departmental courses and 3 hours of an interdisciplinary course.