Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies program is designed to encourage students to examine the history, literature, art, religion, music, and languages of Europe across periods of great political, social, and religious change. The minor encourages interdisciplinary exploration of subjects that span more than a millennium, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginnings of colonialism.

Minors in Medieval and Renaissance Studies are encouraged but not required to concentrate in one of the disciplines represented in the program''s curriculum and to take advantage of that department''s full range of course offerings in both periods. Students thus learn the methodologies of one discipline in depth while exploring others.

Although the program currently offers only a minor, students with a strong interest in the Middle Ages and/or the Renaissance may design their own concentration in either or both periods; procedures are described under "Interdisciplinary Concentrations" in the college catalogue.

[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.