Medieval & Renaissance studies

Program Facts

  • 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.

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  • "The Medieval & Renaissance Studies minor at CSS was an important selling point for me as an undergraduate. Through it I received research and interpretive training that directly benefited me beyond my degree. Since not many institutions offer such a minor, I firmly believe that the program gave me an edge when applying for my two subsequent degree programs. For one of these programs I was fully funded, which I attribute to the kinds of projects and research I conducted through the minor."

    – Jess McCullough, ‘05,
    School of Archaeology and Ancient History
    University of Leicester, England

  • "I truly enjoyed the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor at CSS because it was interdisciplinary. The wide range of class choices made it suitable for anyone who loves history, literature, languages, and learning. It also prepares you for higher education if you wish to continue your studies beyond the bachelor's degree. I was able to learn Latin, become familiar with manuscripts and paleography, and become knowledgeable in the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods-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