• The Minor

    The MINOR IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES is an interdisciplinary course of study that includes the period from 476 to 1517. Students will be encouraged to take courses from a wide range of disciplines, which makes this minor well-suited to many majors. They will come to understand that “the Middle Ages” in fact includes a wide variety of cultures, artistic trends, literatures, languages, philosophies, and religious practices. In developing a deeper appreciation for the past, students will come to a better understanding of the foundation of our fast-paced, ever-changing present day world.

  • Courses

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    The 18 semester hours must be taken in at least three different areas (e.g. ENGL, SPAN, GERM), with 15 hours in an area different than the student’s major.


    The MINOR IN MEDIEVAL STUDIES consists of 18 semester hours, including HIS 354 or ENGL 375 or MLLL 375. Students must complete 15 hours at the 300-level or above from the approved list of courses below.

    Medieval Focus

     Courses taken under a general rubric (such as Engl 498: Seminar in English) that focus on a medieval field of study (such as if Engl 498 were taught as “The Literature of Medieval Piety”) can count toward the minor with clearance from the College of Liberal Arts.

  • Fall 2016 Offerings



    FALL 2016: Undergraduate Courses


    ENG 354 Topics in Medieval Literature and Culture: Game of Thrones and Its

    Medieval Worlds

    Mary Hayes, MTuWTh 1:00-4:30


    HIS 399 Problems in History: The First Crusade

    Courtney Kneupper, MtuWTh 9-12:30


    ENG 321:01 Literature of Medieval Europe: The Sonnet

    Gregory Heyworth, MTuWTh 2:30-3:45 (First Fall Term)


    HIST 354 The Middle Ages

    Courtney Kneupper, Tu Th 1:00-2:15


    HIS 383 History of the Muslim World: Origins to the Middle Ages

    Nicolas Trepanier, MWF 1:00-1:50


    REL 323 Islam

    Mary Thurlkill, MWF 2:00-2:50


    Fall 2016: Graduate courses


    GERM 574 History of the German Language

    Christopher Sapp, MWF 3:00-3:50


    ENG 703 Studies in Early English Literature: Medieval Irish Sagas in


    Lindy Brady, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30PM

  • Classes Approved for the Minor

    • AH 330. Medieval Art

    History and archaeology of art from Early Christian through Gothic periods.

    • AH 332. Early Christian, Byzantine & Islamic Art

    Art and architecture of the second through early 13th centuries, including Early Christian art in the Roman provinces in the Holy Land and Islamic art within Europe.

    • AH 334. Early Medieval Art and Archaeology

    Art and architecture of the fourth through early 12th centuries in Eastern and Western Europe. Art of so-called barbarian groups from Hungary to England and Scandinavia, and Christian art of the Carolingian and Ottoman Empires.

    • AH 336. Viking Art and Archaeology

    Art and archaeology of Vikings in Scandinavia and in distant lands from Russia to England and Iceland. Covers pre-Viking styles of the fifth century through late 11th century.

    • AH 338. Romanesque and Gothic Art

    Art and architecture of the later Medieval period, including Romanesque and Gothic art of Western Europe from the 12th through the 15th centuries.

    • AH 530. Topics in Medieval Art

    Content varies.

    • ENGL 354. Topics in Medieval Lit & Culture (pending approval fall 2015)

    Topics in the literature, culture, and religion of the Middle Ages. The medieval texts covered include literary works, devotional works, and excerpts from important scientific, theological, historical, and philosophical works. May be repeated once with a change in topic.

    • ENGL 356. Landscape in Medieval Literature

    This course will examine some of the most fascinating, perplexing, and imaginative early medieval texts from northern Europe from a critical perspective focused on issues of space, place, and landscape.

    • ENGL 375/HIS 354/MLLL 375. Introduction to Medieval Studies

    This course introduces students to medieval culture and to seminal works of medieval literature.

    • ENGL 405. Chaucer

    The major works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

    • ENGL 406. Studies in Medieval Literature

    Intensive study of the techniques and themes of Old English/Middle English literature and culture in historical context.

    • ENGL 427. Medieval Drama

    Survey of “pre-Shakespearean” English drama.

    • ENGL 503. Old English I

    An introduction to the Old English language — phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary — and to Old English literature, with special attention to translating prose.

    • ENGL 504. Old English II

    A study of Beowulf; historical context, manuscript, translation, and interpretation.

    • ENGL 505. History of the English Language

    Advanced study of the history of the English language.

    • FR 574. History of French Language

    Development of the phonological and grammatical systems of French from Latin to its modern dialects.

    • FR 577. Survey of French Literature I

    A survey of the major texts and the development of literary genres prior to 1789.

    • FR 582. Medieval and Renaissance French Lit

    Study of the works of representative authors of the 11th through the 16th centuries.

    • GERM 574. History of the German Language

    Introduction to German philology and linguistics. Examination of origins and development of standard German and regional dialects from the Middle Ages to the present.

    • GERM 577. Survey of German Lit. & Culture I

    Introduction to the history of German literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the Age of Goethe.

    • HIS 355. Europe – Late Middle Ages and Renaissance

    Politics, society, and culture, 1300-1517.

    • HIS 373. History of Ancient Christianity

    Development of Christian doctrines from apostolic times to the seventh Ecumenical Council of 787.

    • HIS 374. Medieval Church and Empire

    History of the two dominant institutions of the Early and High Middle Ages.

    • HIS 375. History of Medieval Christianity

    Examination of Christian theologies from Constantine to the Protestant Reformation.

    • HIS 383. History of the Muslim World: From the Origins to the Middle Age

    The history of the Muslim world from the birth of Islam to the 13th century.

    • ITAL 331. Intro to Italian Lit and Literary Analysis  Study of literary movements, major writers, and intellectual and cultural ideas in Italian literature and cultural history.
    • LAT 329. Medieval Latin Selected readings in Medieval Latin.
    • MUS 501. Music of the Medieval/Renaissance Period

    A study of European music from the seventh to the 16th centuries, its genres, composers, techniques, and its connection to other arts and philosophy of the period.

    • PHIL 301. History of Philosophy I

    Major philosophers from the Pre-Socratics through the Medieval Period.

    • PHIL 307. Medieval Philosophy

    The Scholastic tradition, from its patristic origins through Nicholas of Cusa.

    • REL 323. Islam

    An introduction to the sacred literature, basic beliefs, history, and culture of Islam

    • REL 326. Saints and Sexuality

    A survey of holy figures within Christianity and Islam with an emphasis on gender and the body.

    • REL 372. Rise of Christianity

    An examination of the structure, formation and themes of the Qur’an within Islam. The course will also focus on Quranic interpretation and hadith literature (or, traditions and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad).

    • REL 385. Western Mysticism

    An examination of theist mystical thought and practice, emphasizing the roles of gender and authority.

    • SPAN 574. History of Spanish Language

    Development of the phonological and grammatical systems of Spanish from Latin to its modern dialects.

    • SPAN 577. Survey of Spanish Literature I

    A study of the most representative writers of the Spanish Peninsula from the Epic through 1700.


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