Medieval Cultures offers two distinct areas of historical focus: the Medieval and the Late Antique. The former focuses on the sixth through the fifteenth centuries, combining interdisciplinary perspectives with in-depth study of one or two related disciplines. Late Antique Cultures deals with the third through the ninth centuries, when ancient cultural forms were still in place but medieval cultures were beginning to take shape simultaneously. The first undergraduate degree of its kind in this country, Late Antique Cultures facilitates the study of human activity in all of its variety. A traditional area of study in Medieval Cultures is Western Europe, but students are encouraged to work in other cultural areas such as Byzantine, Islamic, Judaic and Slavic. The concentration serves students interested in the changing relation of cultural practices, social patterns, political and economic forms, and artistic and literary traditions in this important transitional period.
Students in this concentration will:
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A capstone experience in Medieval Studies occurs in the context of the Honors Program, in which the candidate writes a thesis. Students must identify an area of special interest, such as an author (e.g. Basil of Caesarea, Prudentius, Boethius, etc.), a time period or theme (e.g. the tenth century, late antiquity, Christian humanism, etc.), or a more specific issue, such as the classical tradition and medieval imitation. Please visit the concentration website for more information on the requirements for Honors.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals: