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Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

A minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides students with a solid grounding in the historical context for many of the major cultural and intellectual developments that contributed to the foundations of our modern global society.

Requirements and Applicable Courses

18 units total, comprised of 6 units of lower-division coursework and 12 upper-division units. A minimum of three disciplines (corresponding to the different participating departments) must be represented in this total.

Lower division:
One of the lower division courses must be HIST 103 (“The Medieval World”), as it will provide a suitable foundation for more specialized work in both Medieval and Renaissance studies as well as a common point of reference for all students in the minor. The other lower-division course may be chosen from among the following:

ARTH 133 Introduction to Art History I
ARTH 136 The Year 1500: A Global History of Art & Architecture
ENGL 280 Introduction to Shakespeare
HIST 108 The Atlantic World, 1500-1700
HIST 109 The Pacific World, 1500-1700
PHIL 271 History of Medieval Philosophy THRS 116 Introduction to Biblical Studies

Upper division:
Appropriate upper-division courses for the minor include those listed below, in addition to special topics courses with a focus on the Middle Ages or the Renaissance, offered in any discipline. Students should consult the full course descriptions in the Bulletin and select their courses in consultation with the program coordinator. Students should be aware that some majors do not allow courses to be double-counted for both the major and another minor.

ANTH 339 Post-Medieval Seafaring and Empire
ANTH 362 Piracy in the New World
ENGL 300 British Literature to 1800
ENGL 310 Dante
ENGL 312 Studies in Medieval Literature
ENGL 314 Chaucer
ENGL 324 Renaissance Drama
ENGL 326 Renaissance Studies
ENGL 328 Milton
ENGL 332 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies
ENGL 334 Restoration Drama
ENGL 420 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare
FREN 320 Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
HIST 321 The Fall of the Roman Empire, 250-1050
HIST 322 Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-1450
HIST 323 Medieval Women
HIST 324 Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
HIST 331 Renaissance Europe
HIST 333 Europe 1600-1800
HIST 346 Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
HIST 353 Spain to 1820
HIST 357 Topics in Russian and East European History
HIST 360 Colonial Latin America
HIST 382 The Spanish Southwest
HIST 386 The Pacific Ocean in History
ITAL 320: Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture I
ITAL 394/ENGL 228: Dante's World (Intersession 2016)
ITAL 410 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
ITAL 420 Dante and His Times
MUSC 330 Music History I: Antiquity-1600 (Euripides-Monteverdi)
MUSC 331 Music History II: 1600-1830
MUSC 430W History of Medieval and Renaissance Music
PHIL 467 Studies in Renaissance Philosophy
PHIL 471 Studies in Medieval Philosophy
SPAN 422 Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
SPAN 423 Studies in Spanish Literature of the Golden Age
SPAN 424 Don Quijote de la Mancha
THRS 354 The Medieval Church
THRS 355 The Reformation Era

...and any relevant 394/494, other topics courses or Honors courses in Anthropology, Art History, English, French, German, History, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Spanish, or Theology and Religious Studies, to be approved by the program coordinator.