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Bachelor of Arts

Interdisciplinary Studies - Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Program of Study


Collaborate with faculty and engaged peers to analyze the roots of the present in the past. Add your research and ideas to discussions about the impact of gender, race, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic and religious difference on our respective fields—both within the unique cultural moment of their formation and as forces that continue to shape current knowledge of the past.

You will partake in additional coursework in art history, history, literature and cultures, philosophy and global perspectives, in addition to elective studies approved that will tailor your experience to your professional goals. 

Majors should acquire at least an elementary reading ability in one modern Western language other than English. Latin is not required, but is strongly recommended.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies requires a minimum of 36 credits.

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Core Courses

(9 credits) Choose from:

  • Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies I and II
  • Monks, Monarchs, and Medieval Art
  • Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture: 1450-1600
  • Literature of the Middle Ages
  • Literature of the Earlier Renaissance
  • Literature of the Later Renaissance
  • Early and Medieval Christianity
  • History of the Early Middle Ages
  • The High Middle Ages
  • The Italian Renaissance, 1300-1530
  • Renaissance and Reformation in 16th Century Europe
  • The History of England I
  • History of Medieval Philosophy

Art and Music Courses

(3 credits) Choose from:

  • The Art of Medieval Knighthood
  • Artistic Encounters in the Early Medieval World
  • Gothic Art and Architecture
  • Early Painting of the Netherlands
  • Research Seminar in Art History (approval required)
  • Music History I
  • University Chamber Singers (approval required)


History courses

(3 credits) Choose from:

  • Contemporary Quest for Arthur
  • Topics in European History (approval required)
  • The Byzantine Empire 300-1453

Literatures and Cultures Courses

(3 credits) Choose from:

  • British Literary Traditions I     
  • Studies in Chaucer   
  • Study of an Author or Authors before the Mid-18th Century
  • Studies in Shakespeare 
  • Shakespeare and the Poetics of Revenge    
  • Critical Approaches to Gender and Sexuality in Literature (approval required)
  • Women Writers (approval required)
  • Topics in British Literature and Culture (approval required)   
  • Independent Study and Research in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (approval required)   
  • French Literature (approval required)
  • Life and Letters (approval required; taught in French)
  • Italian Civilization: From the Etruscans to Galileo      
  • Women, Men, Love, and Politics of the Italian Renaissance
  • Hispanic Literature through the Golden Age
  • Cervantes

Philosophy courses

(3 credits) Choose from:

  • History of Medieval Philosophy
  • Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

Global Perspectives courses

(3 credits) Choose from:

  • Change in Medieval China
  • The Silk Road



(12 credits)

Applied Learning

Take advantage of regular opportunities to meet visiting Medieval and Renaissance scholars. Recent events have involved discussion and hands-on learning about bookmaking and the art of the medieval manuscript; the First Crusade and Jewish martyrdom; myths about the Celtic Cross; Medieval Chinese political culture, and the way ordinary citizens asserted themselves politically in the early modern Republic of Venice.

Participate in department-hosted trips to nearby performance venues, museums, and special collections.

Honors Program

Create an individualized honors project in close consultation with your faculty mentor. You will design, research, and write a substantial, original honors project in your senior year. You will then have the opportunity to share your research in at least two public venues.

Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Option

You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 12 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. 

Combine your Medieval and Renaissance Studies degree with the MS in Information Science program. This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Outcomes

A major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies prepares you for careers in industries including education, museum curation, libraries and archives, technical, corporate and marketing. 

You will be able to objectively analyze and assess text, events and images. In addition, you will learn how to contextualize the latest cultural and political developments, organize large amounts of information, and creatively tackle intellectual problems. Your presentations and group projects will hone your leadership and public speaking skills. 

Potential job titles include:

  • K-12 educator
  • Historian
  • Museum educator
  • Museum curatorial assistant
  • Archivist


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