About the Medieval & Renaissance Studies Minor
Drawing on expertise from the fields of art, architecture, history, religion, philosophy and literature, students and faculty will concentrate on the time period in European history from 500 to 1650 C.E. During this time, we see the development of universities, parliaments and banks, as well as the emergence of cathedrals, chivalry as a code of personal and political conduct, cities as centers of commerce and the increasing use of vernacular languages for public functions. The late Middle Ages brought a series of challenges to Europe, including plague, war and the increasing persecution of non-Christians, yet the literature, art and architecture as well as the printing press and magnetic compass remain lasting legacies of the creative energy and inventiveness of Northern Europe and Renaissance Italy. By planning early, students can earn the 15-hour minor while completing their general education courses.