Medieval Studies, Program In

Eleonora Stoppino, Director
4080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801
e-mail: medievalstudies@illinois.edu

PH: (217) 265-6254
FX: (217) 244-8430
http://medieval.illinois.edu

The purpose of the Program in Medieval Studies is to foster the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the history, literature, languages, religion, philosophy, art, and archaeology of cultures across the globe from approximately the fourth through the fifteenth centuries C.E., by sponsoring activities such as seminars, conferences, symposia, and lectures, visiting scholars, and exchange and outreach programs, and by offering an undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Medieval Studies Concentration and Minor in Medieval Studies.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies


This minor introduces students to medieval (ca. 500- ca. 1500 CE) cultures across the world, providing them with an understanding of periods and movements, institutions, material culture, ideas, beliefs, and values of the diverse cultures that comprise the medieval globe. The coursework spans both geographical regions and disciplines to introduce students to the breadth of medieval cultures as well as to the diversity of methods and perspectives for their study.

The minor includes a minimum of 21 hours, divided into (I) an introductory course in global medieval literatures and cultures; (II) geographical distribution coursework as specified below; and (III) advanced medieval coursework selected by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. 3 hours of appropriate language study can be applied to the Additional Medieval Studies Coursework.

Introduction to Medieval Studies 1
ENGL 202/MDVL 201/CWL 253Medieval Lit and Culture3
Geographical Distribution Coursework 29
3 hours- Medieval Europe- One course chosen from the following:
Ancient to Medieval Art
Medieval Art
Northern Renaissance Art
Italy Middle Ages & Renaiss
Women & Gender Pre-Mod Europe
Medieval Europe
Viking Mythology
Viking Sagas in Translation
British Isles to 1688
Medieval Architecture
3 hours-Classical and Medieval East Asia- One course chosen from the following:
Traditional China
Premodern Japanese History
Chinese Civilization
Masterpieces of East Asian Lit
Introduction to Buddhism
3 hours-Medieval Central Asia, South Asia, or the Middle East-One course chosen from the following:
History of South Asia
History of Islamic Middle East
S Asian Cultural Landscapes
Islamic Gardens & Architecture
Intro to Islam - ACP
Introduction to Islam
The Qur'an (Koran)
Mystics and Saints in Islam
Jewish Sacred Literature
Cultures & Literatures of South Asia
Additional Medieval Studies Coursework9
Medieval-related coursework from participating departments selected in consultation with the minor advisor. At least 6 hours must be at the 300- or 400-level. A list of courses is maintained on the Medieval Studies Program website. 3 hours of appropriate language study can be applied to meet this requirement with approval of the Director of the Program in Medieval Studies. 3
Total Hours21
1

A student may substitute the “Medieval World” section of HIST 100 by petition to the Director of Medieval Studies. Only the section of HIST 100 devoted to the Middle Ages may be substituted.

2

A student may substitute 3 hours in geographical distribution coursework with a course on the medieval civilizations of the Americas: ANTH 277 or ANTH 278.

3

 List of courses to fulfill Additional Medieval Studies Coursework.

MDVL Class Schedule

Courses

MDVL 111   Ancient to Medieval Art   credit: 4 Hours.

Same as ARTH 111. See ARTH 111.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts

MDVL 122   Swords, Sorcery & Sex: The Middle Ages in Popular Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ENGL 122. See ENGL 122.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts

MDVL 201   Medieval Lit and Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 253 and ENGL 202. See ENGL 202.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Western

MDVL 216   Legends of King Arthur   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 216 and ENGL 216. See ENGL 216.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Western

MDVL 240   Italy Middle Ages & Renaiss   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 240 and ITAL 240. See ITAL 240.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts

MDVL 245   Women & Gender Pre-Mod Europe   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as GWS 245 and HIST 245. See HIST 245.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Western

MDVL 247   Medieval Europe   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 247. See HIST 247.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Western

MDVL 251   Viking Mythology   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 251, REL 251, and SCAN 251. See SCAN 251.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Western

MDVL 252   Viking Sagas in Translation   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 252 and SCAN 252. See SCAN 252.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Western

MDVL 255   British Isles to 1688   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 255. See HIST 255.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Western

MDVL 403   European Education to 1600   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Same as EPS 403 and HIST 440. See EPS 403.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Western