Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies

for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies

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department faculty: Medieval Studies Faculty

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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 Literature 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
Wives, Workers and Witches in Pre-Modern 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
REL 213
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