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Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS)

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary, multifaceted program of study in the history, literature, philosophy, theology, art, architecture, language, and legacy of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. MARS provides students a variety of sources, methodologies, and disciplines for approaching people, events, texts, ideologies, institutions, and artifacts from late antiquity through the seventeenth century.

MARS students seek to understand the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, how it was shaped by antiquity, and how this period gave birth to the modern western world. By the end of this course of study, MARS students:

  • Will be able to articulate the literary, historical, material, cultural, social, and political features distinctive to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • Will demonstrate knowledge of how the Middle Ages and Renaissance adopt, re-shape, and reject features of antiquity and how modernity, in turn, adopts, re-shapes, and rejects its Medieval and Renaissance roots. 
  • Will be able to identify, analyze, and evaluate primary and secondary sources relevant to multiple disciplines.
  • Will gain proficiency in writing across disciplines in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and will demonstrate the ability to utilize and combine research approaches from multiple disciplines.

Requirements for the MARS minor:

  • At least 15 credit hours (5 courses) in Medieval and/or Renaissance coursework.
  • No more than 6 credit hours (2 courses) from any given department may count toward the total of 15 credit hours.

Students may count courses from their major(s), additional minor(s), or other course work towards the MARS minor provided that they do not count more than 6 credit hours (2 courses) from any given department. Students may seek permission from the MARS director to take no more than one independent study / directed reading course for credits toward the minor.

Some examples of MARS courses:

HIST 171: History of Christianity
HIST 213: Western Civilization I
HIST 265: England to 1715
HIST 401W: Medieval Europe
HIST 413W: Renaissance Europe: Courts and Nobles
ARHY 111: Art History: Ancient to Medieval World
ARHY 112: Art History: Renaissance to Modern World

ENGL 204: Shakespeare and Film
ENGL 233: London Spring Break Away
ENGL 412: Lit of Heaven and Hell in the Renaissance
ENGL 450: Love and Violence in Renaissance Lit
ENGL 406: Medieval Romance
ENGL 407: Chaucer
ENGL 433: History and Structure of the English Language

PHIL 301: Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 302: Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 302: (variant) Early Modern Natural Philosophy
PHIL 306: Medieval Women Philosophers
PHIL 315W: Thomas Aquinas
PHIL 417: Seminar in Continental Rationalism
PHIL 420: The Philosophy of Augustine
PHIL 427W: St. Thomas Aquinas - The Soul
PHIL 450W: Islamic Philosophy

CLSX 234: Demons, Angels, Sinners & Saints
CLSX 236: Greek, Roman & Medieval Mothers
CLSX 250: The Rise of Constantine & Christianity
LATN 312: Medieval Latin

THEO 220: Jesus the Christ

Modern Languages and Literatures:
FREN 462W: Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 17th Century. 3 cr.
SPAN 401W: Survey of Spanish Literature I: El Cid to el Siglo de Oro.
SPAN 440W: Good and Bad Women in Medieval Literature
ITAL 321W: Survey of Italian Literature I: Middle Ages to 17th Century.

Theater Arts:
THEA 210: History of Theater I (Ancient to Renaissance)

MARS Program Directors:
Dr. Danielle A. St. Hilaire, Department of English  
Dr. Sarah Miller, Department of Classics