Medieval & Renaissance studies

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Fast Facts: Medieval & Renaissance Studies

  • Enriches student understanding of ideas and developments  shaping western civilization and culture.
  • Provides multi-disciplinary opportunities to explore medieval and early-modern cultures as  reflected in the world today.
  • Includes an innovative course on the history of the book, in which students  produce a manuscript and a limited-run edition of a printed book.
  • Integrates optional off-campus learning through summer study-abroad courses at the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford in England.
  • Concludes with an interdisciplinary seminar.

Program Requirements

Minor: 20 credits — 8 core credits; 12 elective credits from a range of disciplines, including economics, English, history, language, music, philosophy, physical science,  theatre and theology.


Employers frequently look for people who can analyze and synthesize data from multiple sources and communicate their findings clearly. The minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies fosters multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to questions and data and provides opportunities to learn and practice effective communication skills. Students completing the minor have gone on to careers in business, computer information systems, education, forensics, the government, healthcare, law and clinical veterinary science. Several students have also continued these studies in graduate school and now work in higher education.

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  • "I enjoyed this minor because it was interdisciplinary. The wide range of classes made it suitable for anyone who loves history, literature, languages and learning. I learned Latin, became familiar with manuscripts, paleography and literature from the Middle Ages and Renaissance — all of which has helped in my graduate work."

    – Audrey Thorstad, ‘10
    MA Medieval Studies and Ph.D. candidate in Medieval History
    University of Leeds, England