Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) 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. Medieval & Renaissance Studies 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.

As a student minoring in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, you will 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, you will:

  • be able to articulate the literary, historical, material, cultural, social, and political features distinctive to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
  • 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.
  • be able to identify, analyze, and evaluate primary and secondary sources relevant to multiple disciplines.
  • 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.


Program Information

Medieval & Renaissance Studies is offered as an undergraduate minor. Students will learn the culture of the Middle Ages & the Renaissance era and how that era influenced the modern world.

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Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

Students must complete 15 credits from the following areas of study, with no more than 2 courses being from any area.

  • CLSX 234 Demons, Angels, Sinners & Saints
  • CLSX 236 Greek, Roman & Medieval Mothers
  • CLSX 250 The Rise of Constantine & Christianity
  • LATN 312 Medieval Latin
  • ENGL 204 Shakespeare and Film
  • ENGL 233 London Spring Break Away
  • ENGL 412 Literature of Heaven and Hell in the Renaissance
  • ENGL 450 Love and Violence in Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 406 Medieval Romance
  • ENGL 407 Chaucer
  • ENGL 411W Special Topics: Love & Death in Shakespeare
  • ENGL 433 History and Structure of the English Language
  • ARHY 111 Art History: Ancient to Medieval World
  • ARHY 112 Art History: Renaissance to Modern World
  • 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
  • MLFR 462W Survey of French Literature I: Middle Ages to 17th Century
  • MLSP 401W Survey of Spanish Literature I: El Cid to el Siglo de Oro
  • MLSP 440W Good and Bad Women in Medieval Literature
  • MLIT 321W Survey of Italian Literature I: Middle Ages to 17th Century
  • PHIL 301W Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 302W 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
  • THEA 210 History of Theater I (Ancient to Renaissance)
  • THEO 220 Jesus the Christ