Interdisciplinary Concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies for English Majors
This concentration was created for English majors interested in deepening their knowledge of the cultures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance through interdisciplinary study. It thus requires that in addition to taking upper-level courses in Medieval and Renaissance English literature, majors also explore these periods from the perspective of other academic disciplines including, but not limited to, the history of art and architecture, foreign literatures, philosophy, religious studies, and history. It is hoped that the breadth of knowledge and intellectual flexibility that interdisciplinary study fosters will enable students in this concentration to undertake more complex kinds of research projects and achieve more sophisticated levels of critical thinking and writing than might otherwise have been possible.
7 units, including
One 300- or 400-level course in Medieval literature and one 300- or 400-level course in Renaissance literature, chosen from:
ENGL 301 Literature of the Middle AgesENGL 302 Literature of the English RenaissanceENGL 304 ShakespeareENGL 309 Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: The Lyric TraditionENGL 330 Selected Topics in Literature Before the Early to Mid-19th CenturyENGL 400 Junior/Senior Seminar (depending on topic)
Three units from at least two different departments outside of English, chosen from below. Special topics courses in medieval and renaissance may be substituted with prior approval from the departmental coordinator.
ARTH 211 Medieval Byzantine Art 600-1453ARTH 309 Image and Icon in Medieval ArtARTH 310 Late Antinque and Early Christian ArtARTH 312 Medieval Art in Western Europe 8th-15th CenturiesARTH 314 Northern Renaissance ArtARTH 315 Art of the Italian RenaissanceARTH 316 Art in the Age of ReformCLSC 306 The Classical TraditionFREN 325 Medieval and Early Modern SocietyFREN 411 The French Middle AgesFREN 421 RenaissanceHIST 225 Medieval ItalyHIST 226 The Early Middle AgesHIST 227 High Middle AgesHIST 230 The RenaissanceHIST 233 Reformation EuropeITAL 423 Le Tre Corone: Dante, Petrarca and BoccaccioLAIS 421 Christians, Jews and Muslims from Frontier to Empire: Medieval SpainLAIS 431 Imperial Spain: The Age of ConflictLAIS 432 True Lies: Fiction and Truth in Don QuijoteLLC 357 The Idea of the Renaissance: Self, History and KnowledgeLLC 358 Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: Self, History and KnowledgePLSC 311 Classical Political ThoughtRELG 258 Medieval Religious ThoughtRELG 273 Witchcraft and Its InterpretersRELG 356 Religious Thought of the Renaissance and Reformation
A final critical paper examining one or more works relevant to the major shall be completed in the junior or senior year preferably as the final project in ENGL 308/IDST 390 or in another appropriate upper-division English course with prior approval from the concentration coordinators.
Students also will be encouraged to consider enrolling in any number of the following courses (these courses will not, however, count toward the six courses in Medieval and Renaissance Studies required of English major concentrators):
ARTH 121 Survey I: Prehistory through the Middle AgesARTH 122 Survey II: Renaissance to the PresentCLSC 301 Greek Art and ArcheologyCLSC 302 Roman Art and ArcheologyENGL 234 ShakespeareFREN 431 Le Siècle ClassiqueGREK 301 Greek EpicGREK 302 Greek DramaHIST 110 Ideas and Institutions of Western Civilization IHIST 223 The Roman EmpirePHIL 362 Philosophy of ReligionRELG 241 Introduction to Early Christian EraRELG 243 The World of the New TestamentRELG 341 Paul and Christian OriginsRELG 342 Whores, Dragons, and the Anti-Christ:Revelation and the Apocalyptic Imagination