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Courses and Requirements

The goal of Hamilton's Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program is to give students opportunities to explore these crucial periods in our development from a variety of perspectives by focusing on their similarities, their differences and their implications for what has followed.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor consisting of five courses taken within at least three disciplines (Classics, French, Hispanic Studies, History, Literature and Creative Writing, Music). One of the five courses must be a history course and two of the courses must be taken in the same department.

We offer one dedicated Medieval and Renaissance Studies course: 223, Gender and Violence in the Middle Ages.

For complete information about the courses listed below, including prerequisites, enrollment limits and when a course is offered, consult the full descriptions under the appropriate departments.

CLASSICS
286 The Byzantine Empire

LITERATURE AND CREATIVE WRITING
156 Shakespeare and Film
221 Introduction to Old English
222 Chaucer: Gender and Genre
225 Shakespeare
226 Milton
237 Medieval Women: Writing and Written
293 The Making of English
323 Other Worlds in Middle English Literature
327 English Renaissance Literature 1550-1660
328 English Renaissance Drama
329 When God Shakes a Kingdom
368 The Medium is the Message
425 Shakespeare in Context
439 Race and Nation in the Middle Ages

FRENCH
404 Legends of the Round Table
414 East Meets West: Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature
438 The Mediterranean world in French literature and culture, from the Crusades to pre-colonization

HISPANIC STUDIES
330/430 Early Modern Spanish Drama

HISTORY
126 Conquest of the Americas
146 Christianity to 1500
150 Myth and History in the Middle Ages
160 Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean
202 Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
207 Europe and the Mediterranean 1100-1500
286 The Byzantine Empire
295 The Crusades
320 Power and Lordship in Medieval Europe
326 Rebels, Radicals and Reformers
339 Columbus’s Library
351 Race, Science, and the Origins of the Modern World

MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
223 Gender and Violence in the Middle Ages

MUSIC
220: From Chant to Bach

[223 S] Gender and Violence in the Middle Ages.
This course serves as an introduction to the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Drawing on multiple disciplinary perspectives, including those of literature, law, history, and art, we will examine the intersection of ideas about the body, gender, and violence in the European Middle Ages. Readings may include the Bible and early patristic writings; the lives of saints; poems and advice manuals on courtly love; depictions of women in the Crusades; Icelandic sagas; and perspectives on the trial of Joan of Arc. Prerequisite, One 100-level course in literature or history, or AP 4 or 5 in English or history. (Same as Literature 223 and History 223.) Maximum enrollment, 24.

(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)

Contact Information


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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