College of Arts & Sciences
The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor at MUW encourages students to explore the various fields of scholarly inquiry into the fascinating period between c. 500-1650 CE. A truly interdisciplinary minor, this program allows students to take courses in history, English literature, philosophy, art history, music, Spanish literature, French literature, religious studies, and women’s studies. By approaching the medieval and Renaissance periods from a variety of academic disciplines students will gain a fuller appreciation for the cultural experience of past societies and connect major themes across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
A Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor is very flexible and allows the student to choose his or her own path within a wide array of course options within the 18 required credit hours. There is only one required course, HIS 101: History of World Civilizations I. The other 15 credit hours may be selected from among the following preapproved list or an appropriate course may be substituted with the prior approval of the program director. To encourage an interdisciplinary approach, students must take courses within at least three academic disciplines.
HIS 101: History of World Civilizations I
Elective Courses (15 hours required, at least 3 classes must be at the 300 level or higher)
ART 211: Art History Survey I EN 201: Survey of Early English Literature EN 231: Survey of Early World Literature EN 302: History and Structure of the English Language EN 303: Early Shakespeare EN 304: Late Shakespeare EN 375: Women in Medieval Literature EN 444: The Earliest English Literature EN 445: Chaucer and the Medieval World EN 453: Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama EN 455: Early Modern Poetry FLF 311: Survey of French Literature I FLF 331: Seventeenth-Century Literature FLF 332: Seventeenth-Century Literature FLS 311: Survey of Spanish Literature I FLS 333: Cervantes HIS 324: Women in European History: From Antiquity to the Age of the French Revolution HIS 327: Rise of Islam: The Medieval Middle East HIS 328: Rise of Christianity and the Fall of Rome 200-1000 HIS 329: High and Late Medieval Europe HIS 331: Medieval Christianity HIS 335: Early Modern Europe HIS 415: History of England from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation MUS 301: History of Music PHL 301: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy REL 327: Rise of Islam: The Medieval Middle East REL 331: Medieval Christianity WS 324: Women in European History: From Antiquity to the Age of the French Revolution WS 375: Women in Medieval Literature
In addition to completing 18 credit hours from the above course list, a grade of “C” or above is required to earn the minor. Students must take courses from at least three different academic disciplines, and at least three of those courses (9 hours) must be at the 300 level or higher.
For more information about becoming a Medieval and Renaissance Studies student, please contact:
Dr. Amber Handy 1100 College St., MUW - 1634 Columbus, MS 39701 Email: Main Office: (662) 329-7386
Department of History, Political Science, & GeographyDr. Bridget PieschelInterim Chair
Painter Hall Phone: (662) 329-7386Fax: (662) 329-7387
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439