Interdisciplinary Concentration in Medieval and Renaissance Studies for English and Art History Majors

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

ENGL 308 / IDST 390 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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 Ages
ENGL 302 Literature of the English Renaissance
ENGL 304 Shakespeare
ENGL 309 Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: The Lyric Tradition
ENGL 330 Selected Topics in Literature Before the Early to Mid-19th Century
ENGL 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 309 Image and Icon in Medieval Art
ARTH 310 Late Antinque and Early Christian Art
ARTH 311 Medieval Byzantine Art 600-1453
ARTH 312 Medieval Art in Western Europe 8th-15th Centuries
ARTH 314 Northern Renaissance Art
ARTH 315 Art of the Italian Renaissance
ARTH 316 Art in the Age of Reform
CLSC 306 The Classical Tradition
FREN 325 Medieval and Early Modern Society
FREN 411 The French Middle Ages
FREN 421 Renaissance
HIST 225 Medieval Italy
HIST 226 The Early Middle Ages
HIST 227 High Middle Ages
HIST 228 The Medieval Economy: Pre-Industrial Europe, 500-1500
HIST 229 Medieval England
HIST 230 The Renaissance
HIST 233 Reformation Europe
ITAL 423 Le Tre Corone: Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio
LAIS 421 Arabs, Jews and Christians: from Frontier to Empire: Medieval Spanish Literature
LAIS 431 Imperial Spain: The Age of Conflict
LAIS 432 True Lies: Fiction and Truth in Don Quijote
MLC 357 The Idea of the Renaissance: Self, History and Knowledge
MLC 358 Desire and Identity in the Renaissance: Self, History and Knowledge
MUS 343 The Mass from Plainchant to Pärt
PLSC 311 Classical Political Thought
RELG 258 Medieval Religious Thought
RELG 273 Witchcraft and Its Interpreters
RELG 356 Religious Thought of the Renaissance and Reformation
RHCS 325 Medieval to Modern Rhetorics

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 Ages
ARTH 122 Survey II: Renaissance to the Present
CLSC 301 Greek Art and Archeology
CLSC 302 Roman Art and Archeology
ENGL 234 Shakespeare
FREN 431 Le Siècle Classique
GREK 301 Greek Epic
GREK 302 Greek Drama
HIST 110 Ideas and Institutions of Western Civilization I
HIST 223 The Roman Empire
PHIL 281 Philosophy of Art
PHIL 362 Philosophy of Religion
RELG 241 Introduction to Early Christian Era
RELG 243 The World of the New Testament
RELG 341 Paul and Christian Origins
RELG 342 John and Early Christian Literature

Art History Majors

This concentration is intended to encourage art history majors to develop an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Medieval and Renaissance visual cultures. The concentration aims to expose students to a variety of disciplines, approaches, and methodologies by supplementing their upper-level courses in Medieval and Renaissance art with those covering aspects of these historical periods in other academic disciplines. The selection of courses offered through the concentration allows students with a specific interest in Medieval and Renaissance art to broaden their knowledge of the periods, and provides them with opportunities to comprehensively examine topics of interest. Students will meet with their Medieval and Renaissance studies advisor in art history to outline a track of study from among the broad range of interdepartmental courses listed below.

6 units, including

Three 300- or 400-level Department of Art and Art History courses in the areas of early Christian, Medieval or Renaissance art
Three approved courses from at least two different departments outside art and art history, chosen from:

CLSC 205 Greek and Roman Mythology: Epic
CLSC 207 Greek Magic
CLSC 301 Greek Art and Archaeology
CLSC 302 Roman Art and Archaeology
CLSC 305 Greek and Roman Values
CLSC 306 The Classical Tradition
ENGL 234 Shakespeare
ENGL 301 Literature of the Middle Ages
ENGL 302 Literature of the English Renaissance
ENGL 304 Shakespeare
FREN 411 The French Middle Ages
FREN 421 Renaissance
GREK 301 Greek Epic
GREK 302 Greek Drama
GREK 303 Greek Historiography
GREK 304 Greek Philosophical Prose
HIST 223 The Roman Empire
HIST 225 Medieval Italy
HIST 226 Early Middle Ages
HIST 227 High Middle Ages
HIST 229 Medieval England
HIST 230 Renaissance
ITAL 321 Readings in Italian Literature
LATN 302 Ovid
LATN 303 Roman Epic
LATN 304 Roman Historiography
LATN 305 Horace
LATN 306 Roman Philosophical Literature
LATN 307 Catullus
LATN 308 The Novel
LATN 309 Cicero
LAIS 432 True Lies: Fiction and Truth in Don Quijote
PHIL 271 Ancient Greek Philosophy
RELG 241 Introduction to Early Christian Era
RELG 243 The World of the New Testament
RELG 258 Medieval Religious Thought
RELG 332 Hebrew and Christian Wisdom Literature
RELG 341 Paul and Christian Origins
RELG 342 John and Early Christian Literature
RELG 356 Religious Thought of the Renaissance and Reformation

Senior thesis project on a subject in early Christian, Medieval or Renaissance art

Students also will be encouraged to consider enrolling in any number of the following courses (these courses will not, however, count toward the three courses in Medieval and Renaissance studies taken outside the Department of Art and Art History required for the art history concentration):

FREN 431 Le Siècle Classique
HIST 110 Ideas and Institutions of Western Civilization I
PHIL 281 Philosophy of Art
PHIL 362 Philosophy of Religion
RELG 263 Religion and the Arts