Courses Offered

The medieval and renaissance studies minor is a great choice for undergraduate students wishing to get a broad understanding of Western civilization while adding unique historical analysis skills to their academic experience. Any student may elect to enroll in the minor program, regardless of his or her major program of study.

To complete the minor, students must complete 18 credit hours, which must include courses from at least two departments. Of these credits, 12 must be earned in courses numbered 300 or above. A list of courses offered that may be used to fulfill minor requirements are below.

Acceptable courses for fulfilling the minor requirements are listed in two groups: Group A (courses with a predominantly medieval and/or renaissance content) and Group B (courses of an auxiliary nature). At least 12 credits must be chosen from Group A.

In addition, several of the departments have courses relating to individual authors, artists, themes, etc., as well as independent study courses. Such courses, where appropriate, may be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor.

Students who minor in medieval and renaissance studies may include a maximum of six credits from courses in their major department. Such credits must be in addition to those used to fulfill the requirements of the major. Courses should be chosen with the approval of the medieval and renaissance studies advisor.

Medieval and renaissance studies sample courses

Please review the catalog for the course offerings and suggested semester schedule.

  • Group A
    • Art 462 - History of Medieval Art
    • ART 493 - Individual Studies in Art History
    • ENG 415A - Old English
    • ENG 433C - Topics in Shakespeare Studies
    • HIST 373 - Medieval Civilizations
    • HIST 374 - History of the Byzantine Empire
    • HIST 384 - The Italian Renaissance
    • HIST 454 - Topics in Medieval History
    • MUS 341 - Music History I
  • Group B
    • Art 260 - Survey of Art History I
    • ART 261 - Survey of Art History II
    • FREN 221 - France and its Culture
    • FREN 341 - Introduction to the History of French Literature I
    • HIST 105 - European Civilization
    • HIST 372 - Ancient Civilization II
    • HIST 439B - Inquisition in Europe and Latin America
    • PHIL 211 - Introduction to Ancient Philosophy
    • PHIL 411 - Aristotle
    • THTR 481 - History of Theater I

Medieval advisor

For more information, schedule an appointment with the adviser James Mardock, Ph.D.

Advisors in the College of Liberal Arts

There are two types of academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts: College Advisors and Faculty Advisors. Both types of advisors can assist you with your academic progress in different ways and you are able to meet with both types of advisors.

College advisors

The College advisors, located in the College of Liberal Arts Student Center, are year-round professional staff members whose primary role is academic advisement. College advisors are able to assist all students with a major or minor in liberal arts programs.

A College advisor can be particularly helpful with advising for:

  • New students to the University (incoming freshmen/first-year students and new transfer students)
  • Students changing their major into the College of Liberal Arts from another College/School at the University
  • Questions regarding overall degree framework, including Silver Core Curriculum, foreign language, CLA breadth, or the minor requirements
  • Students on academic probation
  • Pre-graduation evaluations for students nearing the completion of their degree preparing to graduate
  • General advising or exploration of liberal arts majors and minors
  • When faculty advisors are not available (especially during winter or summer breaks)

First-year students generally meet with College advisors prior to their first semester at the University (at summer orientation) and throughout the first year.

Faculty advisors

Each academic department in the College of Liberal Arts has one or more faculty advisors. The faculty advisors are academic faculty members that advise specifically for their department’s major and minor programs. In addition to their roles as instructors and scholars, faculty advisors can serve as mentors to students as they progress through their degree.

It is best to consult with a faculty advisor for:

  • Questions about requirements or course substitutions in a major/minor program
  • Selecting specific major/minor classes to meet your academic or professional interests
  • Graduate and professional school planning
  • Exploring internship and career opportunities related to your program

Students are encouraged to meet with faculty advisors on a regular basis, especially after completing the first year of study.