Gain critical thinking skills and a deep historical perspective that you can apply to any field of study. You’ll learn how the medieval period continues to shape language, religion, literature, and politics even today.
You'll view medieval culture through a wide variety of lenses, choosing courses from 13 different fields. You could analyze iconic artwork, learn about cutting-edge methods of deciphering ancient manuscripts, laugh with the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, or do a deep dive into the ideas and values that shaped Western culture.
You'll do all this while being guided by expert faculty who are active leaders in their fields. You'll earn a minor that complements any major, and a unique historical perspective that adds value to any career you pursue.
The interdisciplinary minor in medieval studies is a useful introduction to graduate study in any curricula in which medieval studies plays a role (medieval studies, history, classics, religion, art history, music, modern languages etc.) The minor may be taken in conjunction with any major.
The group minor in medieval studies is administered by an interdepartmental committee: F. Van Liere (History), K. Saupe (English), H. Luttikhuizen (Art), T. Steele (Music) and M. Williams (Classics). Interested students should consult a member of the medieval studies minor committee for selection of specific courses for the minor.
This minor can be taken with any major, but it would make an especially good pairing for students majoring in fields such as history, literature, classics, religion, art history, or music. A medieval studies minor can also be useful preparation if you are considering graduate study in the humanities.
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