The Minor in Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that includes the period from 476 to 1517. Students will be encouraged to take courses from a wide range of disciplines, which makes this minor well-suited to many majors. They will come to understand that “the Middle Ages” in fact includes a wide variety of cultures, artistic trends, literature, languages, philosophies, and religious practices. In developing a deeper appreciation for the past, students will come to a better understanding of the foundation of our fast-paced, ever-changing present day world.
The Minor in Medieval Studies consists of 18 semester hours, including HIST 354 or ENGL 316 (ENGL 375 under the pre-2016 numbering system) or MLLL 375. Students must complete 15 hours at the 300-level or above from the approved list of courses below. The 18 semester hours must be taken in at least three different areas (e.g. ENGL, SPAN, GERM), with 15 hours in an area different than the student’s major. Courses taken under a general rubric (such as ENGL 498: Seminar in English) that focus on a medieval field of study (such as if ENGL 498 were taught as “The Literature of Medieval Piety”) can count toward the minor with clearance from the College of Liberal Arts.
Spring 2017 Offerings
Art History 330 (Kim)
ENG 317 Chaucer (Hayes)
ENG 506 Old English I (Brady)
HIST 354 (Field)
HIST 355 (Kneupper)
Latin 329 Medieval Latin (Cook)
Art History 530 (Kim)
ENG 705 (Hayes)
Classes Approved for the Minor
AH 330. Medieval Art
History and archaeology of art from Early Christian through Gothic periods.
AH 332. Early Christian, Byzantine & Islamic Art
Art and architecture of the second through early 13th centuries, including Early Christian art in the Roman provinces in the Holy Land and Islamic art within Europe.
AH 334. Early Medieval Art and Archaeology
Art and architecture of the fourth through early 12th centuries in Eastern and Western Europe. Art of so-called barbarian groups from Hungary to England and Scandinavia, and Christian art of the Carolingian and Ottoman Empires.
AH 336. Viking Art and Archaeology
Art and archaeology of Vikings in Scandinavia and in distant lands from Russia to England and Iceland. Covers pre-Viking styles of the fifth century through late 11th century.
AH 338. Romanesque and Gothic Art
Art and architecture of the later Medieval period, including Romanesque and Gothic art of Western Europe from the 12th through the 15th centuries.
AH 530. Topics in Medieval Art
ENG 316/MLLL 375. Introduction to Medieval Studies (ENGL 375 pre-2016)
This course introduces students to medieval culture and to seminal works of medieval literature.
ENG 317. Chaucer (ENGL 405 pre-2016)
Students will be introduced to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and to the pronunciation, syntax, and vocabulary of Middle English.
ENGL 318. Medieval Romance
This course is an introduction to and survey of major works of medieval romance.
ENG 319. Medieval Drama (ENGL 427 pre-2016)
This course is an introduction to Medieval drama.
ENG 320. The Heroic Age
This course is an introduction to the vernacular literary traditions and cultures of early Medieval northwestern Europe. Old English, Old Irish, Middle Welsh, and Old Norse texts will be read in modern English translation.
ENG 321. Literature of Medieval Europe
Students will examine European literary tradition from late antiquity through the late middle ages; works from several languages will be read in translation.
ENG 322. Studies in Medieval Literature (ENGL 406 pre-2016)
This course is an intensive study of a Medieval English author, genre, or literary tradition. It may be repeated for credit if topic varies.
ENGL 354. Topics in Medieval Lit & Culture
Topics in the literature, culture, and religion of the Middle Ages. The medieval texts covered include literary works, devotional works, and excerpts from important scientific, theological, historical, and philosophical works. May be repeated once with a change in topic.
ENGL 356. Landscape in Medieval Literature
This course will examine some of the most fascinating, perplexing, and imaginative early medieval texts from northern Europe from a critical perspective focused on issues of space, place, and landscape.
ENGL 406. Studies in Medieval Literature (Relevant to the catalog before 2016)
Intensive study of the techniques and themes of Old English/Middle English literature and culture in historical context.
ENGL 417. Early Middle English
This course is an introduction to English literature in the vernacular from the period between the Norman Conquest and Chaucer (1100-1300) in its dialectical and generic variety.
ENGL 418. Advanced Studies in Chaucer
This course usually focuses on Troilus and Criseyde and/or the earlier works. Attention may be given to Chaucer criticism and scholarship, to issues in medieval historiography, or to Chaucer in the English or European literary tradition.
ENGL 419. 14th Century English Literature
Students examine major figures of the age of Chaucer-excluding Chaucer himself but including Langland, Gower, and the Gawain-poet and the problems in the relation of literary to intellectual, social, and cultural history that they raise. Prerequisite: Engl 317, 318, or 319.
ENGL 420. Anglo-Saxon and Celtic Literature
This course is an advanced study of the vernacular traditions of the British Isles in the early Middle Ages. Topics vary and may include Old English, Old Irish, Middle Welsh, or Old Norse texts in modern English translation. It may be repeated once for credit.
ENGL 421 Special Topics in the Literature of Medieval Europe
Students examine the European literary tradition from late antiquity through the late middle ages; works from several languages will be read in translation.
ENGL 422. Literature of Medieval Piety
This course is a study of orthodox and popular religious texts, practices, and artifacts.
ENGL 423. Special Topics in Medieval Literature
This course is an intensive study of the techniques and themes of Old and/or Middle English literature and culture in historical context. It may be repeated once for credit if topic varies.
ENGL 424. Medieval Forms and Genres
This course is an intensive study of the techniques and themes of Old English/Middle English literature and culture in historical context. Its content varies. It may be repeated for credit if topic varies.
ENGL 504. Old English II (Relevant to the catalog before 2016)
A study of Beowulf; historical context, manuscript, translation, and interpretation.
ENGL 505. History of the English Language (Relevant to the catalog before 2016)
Advanced study of the history of the English language.
ENG 506. Old English I (ENGL 503 before 2016)
This course is an introduction to the Old English language — phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary — and to Old English literature, with special attention to translating prose.
ENG 507. Old English II (ENGL before 2016)
This course is a study of Beowulf: historical context, manuscript, translation, and interpretation. Prerequisite: Engl 506
ENGL 508. History of the English Language II
This course is an advanced study of the history of the English language. Prerequisite: Engl 306 or graduate standing.
FR 574. History of French Language
Development of the phonological and grammatical systems of French from Latin to its modern dialects.
FR 577. Survey of French Literature I
A survey of the major texts and the development of literary genres prior to 1789.
FR 582. Medieval and Renaissance French Lit
Study of the works of representative authors of the 11th through the 16th centuries.
GERM 574. History of the German Language
Introduction to German philology and linguistics. Examination of origins and development of standard German and regional dialects from the Middle Ages to the present.
GERM 577. Survey of German Lit. & Culture I
Introduction to the history of German literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the Age of Goethe.
HIST 355. Europe – Late Middle Ages and Renaissance
Politics, society, and culture, 1300-1517.
HIST 373. History of Ancient Christianity
Development of Christian doctrines from apostolic times to the seventh Ecumenical Council of 787.
HIST 374. Medieval Church and Empire
History of the two dominant institutions of the Early and High Middle Ages.
HIST 375. History of Medieval Christianity
Examination of Christian theologies from Constantine to the Protestant Reformation.
HIST 383. History of the Muslim World: From the Origins to the Middle Age
The history of the Muslim world from the birth of Islam to the 13th century.
ITAL 331. Intro to Italian Lit and Literary Analysis
Study of literary movements, major writers, and intellectual and cultural ideas in Italian literature and cultural history.
LAT 329. Medieval Latin
Selected readings in Medieval Latin.
MUS 501. Music of the Medieval/Renaissance Period
A study of European music from the seventh to the 16th centuries, its genres, composers, techniques, and its connection to other arts and philosophy of the period.
PHIL 301. History of Philosophy I
Major philosophers from the Pre-Socratics through the Medieval Period.
PHIL 307. Medieval Philosophy
The Scholastic tradition, from its patristic origins through Nicholas of Cusa.
REL 323. Islam
An introduction to the sacred literature, basic beliefs, history, and culture of Islam
REL 326. Saints and Sexuality
A survey of holy figures within Christianity and Islam with an emphasis on gender and the body.
REL 372. Rise of Christianity
An examination of the structure, formation and themes of the Qur’an within Islam. The course will also focus on Quranic interpretation and hadith literature (or, traditions and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad).
REL 385. Western Mysticism
An examination of theist mystical thought and practice, emphasizing the roles of gender and authority.
SPAN 574. History of Spanish Language
Development of the phonological and grammatical systems of Spanish from Latin to its modern dialects.
SPAN 577. Survey of Spanish Literature I
A study of the most representative writers of the Spanish Peninsula from the Epic through 1700.