Apr 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor


Mary K. Gayne, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6172

This minor focuses on the period from the fall of Rome (5th century C.E.) to 1700. The minor allows students to take courses in art history, English, history, music, philosophy, political science, religion and some languages, including medieval languages such as Old English and Middle English in the original or in translation, and elementary and intermediate courses in Arabic, Greek and Latin. Other languages may also be counted for credit with the approval of the instructor. Introductory (i.e., 100 and 200 level) modern language courses are not permitted for credit.

The minor requires 18 credits total from the list below, with the following restrictions. The 18 credit hours must include courses from at least three distinct disciplines. Note that all foreign language courses (ARAB, FR, GER, ITAL and LAT) fall into the single discipline of foreign languages and literatures. At least four of the six required classes must be 300 or 400 level classes. It is recommended that students take one introductory course before taking advanced classes.

Other courses with significant Medieval and/or Renaissance content may be counted toward the minor with the approval of the coordinator. In addition, students interested in pursuing a three-credit hour focused individual research project should contact individual faculty members with whom they might wish to work to determine the suitability of this option in their particular cases. Only one such independent study will count toward the minor.

Approval of the minor coordinator will also be required in the following two cases. First, courses with an asterisk will count toward the minor only if their content is focused on the Medieval and/or Renaissance periods. Second, because the content of HUM 200 , HUM 250  and HUM 252  may vary, the minor coordinator will determine the appropriate disciplinary category for these courses.

Required Courses


*Courses with an asterisk will count toward the minor only if their content is focused on the Medieval and/or Renaissance periods.

Advanced: 12 Credit Hours


At least four courses must be 300 or 400 level.

Total: 18 Credit Hours