Medieval Studies gives you an opportunity to focus your studies—art, history, languages, literature, philosophy—of one of the most fascinating and important historical epochs. The minor program provides an interdisciplinary theoretical framework for a nuanced and deep understanding of the roots of contemporary culture and modern problems—such as capitalist economies, theories of just war and pacifism, ideas on marriage and sexuality, law, the nuclear family, religious tolerance and intolerance, conquest and colonialization, immigration, ethnic identities, and the separation of church and state. Students will learn about and appreciate the beauties of medieval culture for its own sake, such as troubadour literature, medieval music, manuscript painting, Gothic art and architecture, Arthuriuan romance, and Chaucer.
Each year the program sponsors an invited lecture by a distinguished scholar of the European Middle Ages, including:
Degree offered: minor