Medieval Cultures

The concentration in Medieval Cultures exists as one of two concentrations sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies. The concentration focuses on the eighth through the fifteenth centuries, combining interdisciplinary perspectives on this period with depth of study in one or two disciplines. One traditional area of study is Western Europe, but students are encouraged to work in other cultural areas such as Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic and Slavic. It is recommended that prospective concentrators take the introductory course, Medieval Perspectives, during their freshman or sophomore year.

Requirements:

Ten courses approved by the Program in Medieval Studies, including two courses in medieval history and one 1000- or 2000-level course that uses primary texts in a medieval language other than Middle English. Interested students are invited to discuss their plans with an appropriate faculty member of the Program. A concentration proposal should be prepared in consultation with the faculty advisor and submitted to the Program Chair for approval.

Honors are awarded to students who present a meritorious honors thesis in addition to completing the required courses of the concentration. The thesis permits the student to synthesize various disciplines or interests, or to pursue a new interest in greater depth. To be eligible for Honors, candidiates must complete a minimum of six approved courses in Medieval Studies by the end of their third year with more grades of A than B. Students should apply for admission to Honors and should meet with their faculty advisor(s) no later than spring of the junior year to plan the thesis project. Accepted candidates write the thesis in a two-semester course sequence under the supervision of a director and second reader drawn from the Medieval Studies faculty.

Interested students should contact the concentration advisor for further details or consultation (863-1994).


Late Antique Cultures Track

Late Antique Cultures exists as an optional track of the Medival Cultures concentration. Late Antique Cultures focuses on the third through ninth centuries C.E., when ancient cultural forms were still in place but medieval cultures were beginning to take shape simultaneously. Organized to facilitate the study of human activity in all its variety, unrestricted by the conventional demarcations of classical and medieval studies, the concentration serves those students who are interested in the changing relations of the many kinds of cultural forms, social patterns, political and economic forms, and artistic and literary traditions in this transitional period.

Requirements:

1. Two courses, one each in Roman history (CLAS 1310 or 1320; 1320 is recommended over 1310) and in medieval history (HIST 1030 or 1040).

2. One course at the advanced level (numbered at least 1000) in one approved language; the language in most cases will be Latin, but students will present different competencies and interests; other languages, such as Greek, Hebrew, or one of the medieval vernaculars can be substituted for Latin, with the approval of the concentration advisor and in conjunction with a clearly articulated program of study.

3. Six other courses drawn from appropriate offerings and with the approval of the concentration advisor. These courses should support a concentrational area of special interest.

Honors in Late Antique Cultures are awarded to students who present a meritorious honors thesis in addition to completing the required courses of the concentration. Application for admission to honors should be made in the spring of the junior year, by which time honors candidates must have completed a minimum of six approved courses in Late Antique Studies. Accepted candidates write the thesis in a two-semester course sequence (MDVL 1990) under the supervision of a director and a second reader to be determined in consultation with the advisor.



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