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Medieval Studies (MDVS)

Professors: Chandler (Coordinator), Preston (Coordinator)
Associate Professor: Heyes (Coordinator)

  • Major: Medieval Studies
  • Courses required for major: 10
  • Capstone requirement: MDVS 449
  • Minor: Medieval Studies

The Medieval Studies major provides a framework for coursework focusing on the Middle Ages. This interdisciplinary major offers a foundation of historical and literary coursework in the period, introducing students to the essential people, events, and works of the time. Students will develop the critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills essential to both the study of the era and the mission of a liberal arts education. The major requires ten courses, including interdisciplinary introductory and capstone courses. Students also choose five electives from a range of courses that relate to the language, literature, history, art, religion, and philosophy of the medieval period in Europe.

Major Requirements

1. Two Core Courses

MDVS 200 Introduction to Medieval Studies (usually first-year or sophomore students)
MDVS 449 Advanced Medieval Studies (usually junior or senior year)

2. Three Additional Core Courses from the following:

ENGL 220 British Literature I
ENGL 311 Medieval Literature
HIST 212 Medieval Europe and Its Neighbors
HIST 401 The Middle Ages in Modern Eyes

3. Three of the following:

ENGL 219 History of the English Language
ENGL 220 British Literature I (when not counting as a core course)
ENGL 311 Medieval Literature (when not counting as a core course)
ENGL 335 Chaucer
HIST 211 From Rome to the Vikings
HIST 212 Medieval Europe and Its Neighbors (when not counting as a core course)
HIST 232 The Rise of Islam
HIST 334 Origins of Europe
HIST 336 Crusades: Conflict and Accommodation
HIST 401 The Middle Ages in Modern Eyes (when not counting as a core course)
PHIL 202 Medieval Philosophy
REL 213 Medieval Women’s Religious Literature
REL 214 Constructing Gender in Christianity

4. Two of the following:

ARHI 222 Introduction to Art History I
LAT 102 (or above) Latin Grammar and Readings II
MUS 335 History of Western Music I
REL 113 Introduction to the Old Testament
REL 114 Introduction to the New Testament
THEA 332 Theatre History I

Capstone Requirement

All majors must successfully complete MDVS 449.

Diversity and Writing Courses

The following courses satisfy the Global Cultural Diversity Requirement: ARHI 222, ENGL 220, ENGL 311, ENGL 335, HIST 232, HIST 336, MUS 335, THEA 332, PHIL 202. A list of courses that, when scheduled as W courses, count toward the Writing Requirement, can be found on the Registrar’s website and in the GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS section of the catalog.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Medieval Studies requires six courses: ENGL 220 and 311, HIST 212 and 401, and two additional electives that count toward the Medieval Studies major.

An introduction to the important people, events, works, and themes of the medieval period and the interdisciplinary means for studying them. The course aims to provide a working familiarity with the manifold medieval habits of mind, conditions of life, and ways of understanding the world. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or consent of instructor. Alternate years.

Focuses on the advanced practice of historical and literary research, analysis, and writing. Students complete a substantial independent research project incorporating primary and secondary source analysis of a proposed topic, subject to instructor approval. Required of majors in their junior or senior year. Prerequisite: completion of core major requirements or consent of instructor.