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    Oct 23, 2021  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Concentration, BA (Interdisciplinary Programs Major)

Heather Hirschfeld, English, Chair

The Interdisciplinary Program in Medieval & Renaissance Studies offers students the opportunity to explore cultures and societies of western Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East, from the collapse of the Roman Empire through the 17th century. The curriculum covers topics associated with these early periods and methodological approaches to them from the humanities, social sciences, languages, and arts. The concentration emphasizes the study of distinct and temporally remote cultures, including their material conditions, social and political institutions, values and ideals, and modes of perception and expression. It encourages students to encounter the past as “another country” and thus to understand in new ways the historical conditions that have shaped our increasingly interconnected contemporary world.

College Requirements

Arts and Sciences 

Concentration Requirements

The concentration consists 30 hours as follows:

Select five upper-level elective courses from at least two departments:

Capstone (3 hours):

Students will consult with the IDP advisor on an appropriate capstone project.

Courses that can be used to meet this requirement include:


Foreign Language: In consultation with the IDP Chair and based on their interests, students will select an appropriate language to their program, and achieve an intermediate level of competence as specified by the College of Arts & Sciences’ distribution requirements. For students interested in medieval studies, Latin is usually the most appropriate language. For students interested in Renaissance studies, other languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, or German may be appropriate.

Special topics courses, when on a medieval or renaissance topic, may be approved by the IDP Chair and petitioned toward the major concentration as an upper level elective or capstone course.