College of Arts & Sciences

Medieval and Renaissance Studies


The Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies program includes courses offered by the departments of History, Fine and Performing Arts, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science and Theology. Courses taken to satisfy requirements of this program may also serve to satisfy GEP/GER or major requirements, including Integrative Learning courses where appropriate. Participants choose a minimum of six courses from those listed below, with at least one from each group and no more than three from any one department. Substitutions may be approved upon request to the directors. Students who successfully complete the program requirements earn a Minor in Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation Studies.

History Group
HIS 317    The Rise of the West, 400-1200
HIS 318    The Italian Renaissance, 1000-1500
HIS 319    Revolutions, 1517-1648: Religious, Social, and Scientific
HIS 327    Transformations in Early Modern Europe, 1400-1800
HIS 329    Crime and Punishment
HIS 330    England from Danes to Tudors: 700-1485
HIS 331    Tudor-Stuart England
HIS 339    The Mongol Empire, 1100-1500   
HIS 348     Witches, Law and Supernatural in Early Modern Europe
HIS 382    Colloquium in European History (with appropriate topic)
HIS 372     Directed Readings: The Italian Renaissance
HIS 472     Seminar in European History (with appropriate topic)

Language, Literature and Fine Arts Group
ART 202    Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture
ART 203    Architecture Renaissance Art and Architecture
ENG 301    Middle English Literature
ENG 302    Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature
ENG 303    Renaissance Drama
ENG 401    Chaucer and the Medieval World
ENG 402    Shakespeare: Early Works
ENG 403    Shakespeare: Later Works
ENG 404    English, Irish, Anglophone Authors (with pre-1700 focus)
FRE 330    France: Medieval to Early Modern
FRE 421    Love and Desire in Medieval French Literature
GRM 401    Medieval German Literature
ITA 315    Italy through Art
ITA 380    Italian Journeys
ITA 425    The Artist and the Madman in the Renaissance & Reformation
ITA 445    The Medici Court: Poetry, Patronage and the Art of Power
ITA 460    Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio and the Dawn of the Renaissance
SPA 441    Love, Courtship and Violence in Medieval Literature
SPA 442    Passions of the Heart and the Soul in Imperial Spain
SPA 443    Staging Gender, Sexuality and Social Conflict in Spain's Golden Age
SPA 444    Don Quijote
SPA 445    The Literary Age of Ignatius Loyola

Philosophy and Theology Group
PHL 360    The Philosophy of God in Aquinas
PHL 410    Medieval Philosophy
PHL 412    The Philosophy of Aquinas
REL 241    Islam
THE 335    Gender and Christian Spirituality
REL 335    Christian Origins
THE 333    Knowledge and Love of God in the Middle Ages
THE 334    16th Century Protestant and Catholic Debates
THE 371    The Beauty of God
THE 377    Beauty and Consciousness at the Movies