Joshua Byron Smith, Director
Timothy Nelson, Assistant Director
333 Kimpel Hall
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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 (Even years, Fa)
Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations I (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 1113) (Sp, Fa)
Honors Institutions and Ideas of World Civilizations I (Irregular)
Honors Equilibrium of Cultures 500-1600 (Sp)
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 (Even years, Fa) (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 (Even years, Fa)
Special Topics in Medieval Studies (Irregular)
Honors Special Topics in Medieval Studies (Irregular)
Special Topics in Early Modern Studies (Irregular)
Honors Special Topics in Early Modern Studies (Irregular)
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium (Odd years, Sp)
Honors Medieval and Renaissance Studies Colloquium (Odd years, Sp)
Special Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Irregular)
Honors Special Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Irregular)
Medieval Art (Irregular)
Italian Renaissance Art (Irregular)
Northern Renaissance Art (Irregular)
History of Architecture I (Fa)
Advanced Architectural Studies (Sp, Fa)
Introduction to Chaucer (Irregular)
Introduction to Shakespeare (Sp, Su, Fa)
Medieval Latin (Irregular)
Medieval Spanish Literature (Irregular)
Islamic Civilization (Irregular)
History of China to 1644 (Fa)
Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Even years, Fa)
Late Middle Ages (Odd years, Sp)
Renaissance and Reformation, 1300-1600 (Even years, Fa)
Tudor-Stuart England, 1485-1714 (Even years, Sp)
Middle East, 600-1250 (Even years, Fa)
Mongol & Mamluk Middle East 1250-1520 (Even years, Sp)
Early Modern Islamic Empires, 1300-1750 (Odd years, Sp)
Honors Colloquium (Irregular) (when offered as an approved MRST course)
Colloquium (Irregular) (when offered as an approved MRST course)
History of Music to 1750 (Fa)
Platonism and Origin of Christian Theology (Irregular)
Medieval Philosophy (Irregular)
Total Hours15-16

Courses

MRST 2013. Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Even years, Fa). 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 (Even years, Fa). 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 (Irregular). 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 (Irregular). 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 (Irregular). 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 (Irregular). 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 (Odd years, Sp). 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 (Odd years, Sp). 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 (Irregular). 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 (Irregular). 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.