Joshua Byron Smith, Director
Timothy Nelson, Assistant Director
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Medieval and Renaissance Studies website

The Medieval and Renaissance studies program is administered by the Humanities program. This program offers a minor that encourages undergraduate students to pursue an interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the Middle Ages and Renaissance as a complement to their major field of study.

Requirements for a Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MRST): (15-16 credit hours) Students must take MRST 2013 or HIST 1113 or HIST 1113H, or HUMN 1124H and complete at least 12 additional credit hours selected from the courses listed below.  Other courses covering the chronological period between 500 C.E. and 1700 C.E. may also be accepted if approved by the program director or co-director. A maximum of 6 hours may be presented from courses taken in the student’s designated major.

Required Core Course
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations I (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1113)
Honors Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations I
Honors Equilibrium of Cultures 500-1600
Twelve hours to be chosen from the following (a maximum of six hours may be presented from courses taken in the student’s major department):12
Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Note: MRST 2013/2013H may only satisfy either the MRST core course requirement or 3 credits of the additional MRST-approved coursework requirement, but not both.)
Honors Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Special Topics in Medieval Studies
Honors Special Topics in Medieval Studies
Special Topics in Early Modern Studies
Honors Special Topics in Early Modern Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium
Honors Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium
Special Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Honors Special Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Medieval Art
Italian Renaissance Art
Northern Renaissance Art
History of Architecture I
Advanced Architectural Studies
Introduction to Chaucer
Introduction to Shakespeare
Medieval Latin
Medieval Spanish Literature
Islamic Civilization
History of China to 1644
Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Late Middle Ages
Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1600
Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714
Early Modern Islamic Empires, 1300-1750
Honors Colloquium (when offered as an approved MRST course)
Colloquium (when offered as an approved MRST course)
History of Music to 1750
Platonism and Origin of Christian Theology
Medieval Philosophy
Total Hours15-16

Courses

MRST 2013. Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary introduction to the major historical and cultural developments in northern Europe and the Mediterranean basin from approximately 500 to 1600 C.E.

MRST 2013H. Honors Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary introduction to the major historical and cultural developments in northern Europe and the Mediterranean basin from approximately 500 to 1600 C.E. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to MRST 2013.

MRST 3013. Special Topics in Medieval Studies. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of some topic or period of medieval literature, art, history and philosophy. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

MRST 3013H. Honors Special Topics in Medieval Studies. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of some topic or period of medieval literature, art, history and philosophy. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to MRST 3013.

MRST 3023. Special Topics in Early Modern Studies. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of some topic or period of Early Modern literature, art, history and philosophy. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

MRST 3023H. Honors Special Topics in Early Modern Studies. 3 Hours.

In-depth study of some topic or period of Early Modern literature, art, history and philosophy. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to MRST 3023.

MRST 4003. Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium. 3 Hours.

Advanced study of some more narrowly focused aspect of medieval and/or Renaissance studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

MRST 4003H. Honors Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium. 3 Hours.

Advanced study of some more narrowly focused aspect of medieval and/or Renaissance studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to MRST 4003.

MRST 470V. Special Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 1-6 Hour.

An examination of pertinent issues in medieval and/or Renaissance studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

MRST 470VH. Honors Special Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 1-6 Hour.

An examination of pertinent issues in medieval and/or Renaissance studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is equivalent to MRST 470V.