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Medieval and Ancient Studies B.A.

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 36 to 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Medieval and Ancient Studies (MAS) is an interdisciplinary major and minor in the humanities division, administered by the medieval studies faculty and the chair of the humanities division. Medieval Studies examines primarily European literature and culture from roughly 500 to 1500 CE. Ancient Studies examines the languages, literatures, cultures, and material remains of human societies from roughly 3000 BCE to 500 CE. The two overlapping fields include anthropology, archaeology, art history, English, history, math, philosophy, political science, theatre, music, world languages, and areas such as gender and religion with historical roots in ancient and classical periods and Byzantine cultures. These fields provide an opportunity for students to think synthetically across disciplines. Coursework in Medieval Studies enhances understanding of artistic and material relics of the Middle Ages (manuscripts, cookbooks, Gothic cathedrals, Crusader castles, and picturesque towns cramped within ancient walls) and many of the foundational choices that have made the world what it is today, for good and ill. Many current challenges in the fields of “Western” law, human rights, attitudes toward power, authority, gender relations, and sexual mores derive from the ways in which these were viewed a millennium ago. Coursework in Ancient Studies enhances understanding of literary and material relics of the ancient world on all continents: the languages and cultures of the Americas prior to European colonization, Greek dramas, Roman mosaics, classical Latin, the writings of Plato and Aristotle, prehistoric cultures of Asia and Africa, and ancient Athenian democracy. The cultures of the ancient world built the foundations of art, thought, literature, architecture, religion, and politics on which much of the modern world still rests, for better or worse. Program Student Learning Outcomes Students explore implications and intersections of products of the medieval world across disciplinary, chronological, and geographical barriers. The medieval studies major prepares students for graduate study in many academic fields as well as internship and career opportunities from museum curating to education, law, and data analysis. In the core courses for the medieval studies major, students develop: • Familiarity with diverse methodologies and critical paradigms to analyze, interpret, and synthesize various types of evidence for the medieval period • Reading, writing skills, and critical thinking skills • Skills for reading medieval primary texts in their original language • Analytical skills in art history, history, and literature while studying how the past, including language, is not a fixed entity • Familiarity with range of medieval culture, language, and thought to allow meaningful exploration of the human experience in the Middle Ages and Antiquity • Insight into the construction of belief, culture, and knowledge in the Middle Ages as reflective of personal and social contexts
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of Latin. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Students must complete a significant amount of coursework in Medieval and Ancient studies at UMN Morris, but are also strongly encouraged to study abroad or on other campuses. In order to count study abroad toward the major, all students must procure formal approval of coursework from the Medieval and Ancient Studies steering committee prior to departure. (Typically, no more than 9 credits for one semester abroad or 16 credits for a year abroad may count toward the major.) Students interested in a foreign study experience may complete Engl 3163 in York, England; Hum 1006 in Rome, Italy; or IS 3053; offered periodically in summer terms. Other study abroad programs may be considered toward this degree program in consultation with the Medieval and Ancient Studies faculty. Medieval and Ancient Studies is by nature interdisciplinary. Students are responsible for developing a coherent program from the elective choices available. Work with a Medieval and Ancient Studies faculty member to see how a careful selection of your General Education courses can enhance your knowledge of the field. Program faculty strongly recommend at least one year of study in another world language in addition to Latin. No grades below C- may count toward the Medieval and Ancient Studies major. Only 4 credits may be taken S/N unless other courses are offered S/N only. No more than 60% of courses toward the MAS major may come from a single discipline. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
Lat 1002 requires Lat 1001 as a prerequisite. One or both courses may be satisfied through a proctored proficiency exam or transfer credit. Students who begin their Morris careers beyond Latin 1002 earn a four-credit exemption from the major.
LAT 1002 - Beginning Latin II [WL] (4.0 cr)
Take exactly 3 course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3002 - MEMS: Civilization and Composition: Tools for Studying the Medieval and Early Modern Periods [HIST] (2.0 cr)
· GER 3101 - Introduction to German Literature and Culture [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2103 - Medieval Europe [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2108 - Ancient Greek and Roman History [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3351 - Ancient and Medieval Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Advanced Seminar (4000-level capstone on a Medieval Topic (2-4 cr)
Consult with one of the Medieval and Ancient Studies faculty to choose this course; it may be in any discipline as long as it is in accordance with the approval from the Medieval and Ancient Studies faculty.
Elective Courses
Courses used to meet the elective requirement are exclusive of any used to complete the required courses. No more than four credits of an x993 course (directed study) will be accepted toward the major. Instructors of courses requiring prerequisites within a discipline may admit students who have taken a similar level course in a comparable discipline.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
Limited Electives
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1103 - People of the Past: Introduction to Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2104 - Irish Art and Archaeology [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1803 - Fairies and Warriors: Medieval Legends and Fictions [IC] (2.0 cr)
· FREN 1804 - Medieval Myths, Religions, and Fantasy through Literature [IC] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3002 - MEMS: Civilization and Composition: Tools for Studying the Medieval and Early Modern Periods [HIST] (2.0 cr)
· HIST 1501 - Introduction to East Asian History: China, Japan, and Korea before 1800. [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2103 - Medieval Europe [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2108 - Ancient Greek and Roman History [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HUM 1002 - Norse Saga [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· HUM 1006 - From the Caesars to the Saints: Walking Ancient Rome [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HUM 1051 - Greek Drama [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· MATH 2211 - History of Mathematics (4.0 cr)
· MUS 1155 - Foundations in Music History I: Ancient to 1750 [HIST] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 2403 - Choral Traditions and Literature [FA] (2.0 cr)
· MUS 3108 - Intellectual Foundations of Western Music [HUM] (2.0 cr)
· NAIS 1002 - Beginning Dakota Language II [WL] (5.0 cr)
· NAIS 1012 - Beginning Anishinaabe Language II [WL] (4.0 cr)
· NAIS 1054 - Associated Languages: Introduction to Nahuatl Language [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 1054 - Associated Languages: Introduction to Nahuatl Language [IP] (4.0 cr)
· TH 3101 - World Theatre: History and Literature I [FA] (4.0 cr)
· Unlimited Electives
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3461 - Archaeology of Eurasia and Africa [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3112 - Faith, Image, and Power: Art and the Byzantine Empire [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3113 - Early Islamic Art and Culture [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3043 - Medieval Makings of Tolkien's Worlds (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3402 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Pre-Enlightenment Culture in France (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3406 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Emotional Extremes in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3407 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: The "East" and its Marvels (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3408 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Quests, Quails, and Custards--Food in Life and Literature (2.0-4.0 cr)
· FREN 3410 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Troubadours and Old Occitan: Creative Writing in the Middle Ages [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3411 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Medieval and Renaissance Bodies (4.0 cr)
· GER 3702 - Martial Masculinities: Manhood and Aggression in German Literature and Culture [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GER 4001 - German Civilization I [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3207 - The Crusades [IP] (4.0 cr)
· IS 3053 - Irish Texts and Contexts [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· IS 3215H - Honors: Sagas before the Fall: Culture, Climate, and Collapse in Medieval Iceland [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· IS 3242H - Honors: Two Cosmological Poets: Dante and Lucretius [IP] (2.0 cr)
· IS 3248H - Honors: Art and History of the Crusades [FA] (2.0 cr)
· LAT 2001 - Intermediate Latin Prose [IP] (4.0 cr)
· LAT 2002 - Intermediate Latin Poetry [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· NAIS 2011 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language I [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· NAIS 2012 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language II [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3151 - History of Ancient Philosophy [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3351 - Ancient and Medieval Political Thought [HUM] (4.0 cr)
 
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LAT 1002 - Beginning Latin II (WL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Continuation of 1001. prereq: 1001 or placement or instr consent
ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe from its origins in the Paleolithic period through to the full development of the Gothic era. Includes the monuments of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as those of the Early Christian and Romanesque periods. Also includes some treatment of non-Western traditions in this era.
ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the English language. Historical development and current structure. Includes language variation and change, social history of language, phonology, syntax, semantics, development of English grammar, prescriptive versus descriptive grammar, and contemporary theories of grammar.
FREN 3002 - MEMS: Civilization and Composition: Tools for Studying the Medieval and Early Modern Periods (HIST)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study Paris as the center of society, culture, religion, and literature from 1100-1300, while also refining the ability to write academic papers and engaging in academic discussions in French. Read primary texts about religion, mythology, and Classical epics that form the foundation of much of medieval French literature. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
GER 3101 - Introduction to German Literature and Culture (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduces German culture through a variety of texts and media (music, film, etc.) throughout all periods of German literature with the aim of building reading, writing, and listening skills. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
HIST 2103 - Medieval Europe (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of historical developments in Europe from about 500 to 1500.
HIST 2108 - Ancient Greek and Roman History (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Provides a broad survey of the political, social, and cultural history of ancient Greece and Rome from the archaic period (c. 700 BCE) to the rise of Islam (c. 600 CE).
POL 3351 - Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A survey of Western social and political thought from 5th century BCE through the 15th century. Includes two extended role-playing simulations on the Athenian Assembly at the time of the trial of Socrates and the Roman Republic at the time of Julius Caesar's assassination. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
ANTH 1103 - People of the Past: Introduction to Archaeology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of prehistoric and early historic cultures from around the world. Covers the development of hunting and gathering societies, origins of agriculture, and growth of urbanization and state-level societies.
ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe from its origins in the Paleolithic period through to the full development of the Gothic era. Includes the monuments of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as those of the Early Christian and Romanesque periods. Also includes some treatment of non-Western traditions in this era.
ARTH 2104 - Irish Art and Archaeology (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ireland looms large in our imaginations and remains a bucket list item for many. Yet, what is it exactly that one sees when one visits the emerald isle? This course introduces students to the rich artistic and architectural heritage of Ireland and the various historical, literary, social, political, and environmental forces that shaped it. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or soph status or instr consent
ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the beginnings to the 18th century. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the role of the English Bible in the western literary tradition. Readings include key Biblical narratives, as well as English and American literary texts that are either deeply influenced by these stories or attempt to re-write them. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the English language. Historical development and current structure. Includes language variation and change, social history of language, phonology, syntax, semantics, development of English grammar, prescriptive versus descriptive grammar, and contemporary theories of grammar.
FREN 1803 - Fairies and Warriors: Medieval Legends and Fictions (IC)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students learn about different primary and secondary sources in conjunction with various genres of medieval fiction. Introductions to various languages, library sources, and historical context inform the study of texts, as well as what made someone a fairy, a knight, or a warrior in literature between the 11th and 15th centuries. prereq: new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM
FREN 1804 - Medieval Myths, Religions, and Fantasy through Literature (IC)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Students read various genres of medieval fiction as well as religious and historical texts. Introductions to medieval languages, library sources, and historical and cultural context inform the study of texts, with a focus on the presence of mythology, religion, and fantasy in literature from the 11th to 15th centuries. prereq: new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM
FREN 3002 - MEMS: Civilization and Composition: Tools for Studying the Medieval and Early Modern Periods (HIST)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study Paris as the center of society, culture, religion, and literature from 1100-1300, while also refining the ability to write academic papers and engaging in academic discussions in French. Read primary texts about religion, mythology, and Classical epics that form the foundation of much of medieval French literature. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: 2002 or instr consent
HIST 1501 - Introduction to East Asian History: China, Japan, and Korea before 1800. (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Examination of the social, political, economic, technological, and cultural changes in East Asia before 1800. Possible sub-themes include the rise of the Confucian world order, the spread of Buddhism, and East Asian interactions with the outside world. Discussion of changing perceptions of gender.
HIST 2103 - Medieval Europe (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of historical developments in Europe from about 500 to 1500.
HIST 2108 - Ancient Greek and Roman History (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Provides a broad survey of the political, social, and cultural history of ancient Greece and Rome from the archaic period (c. 700 BCE) to the rise of Islam (c. 600 CE).
HUM 1002 - Norse Saga (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of medieval sagas, in translation, from Iceland and Norway, and the culture that produced them.
HUM 1006 - From the Caesars to the Saints: Walking Ancient Rome (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
While taking in the culture of modern-day Italy, students visit important ancient monuments in and around Rome as well as the city's museums. Students read ancient and modern authors, keep a daily journal, give an oral presentation about an ancient site, and write a final paper tying together the knowledge they gain from this program.
HUM 1051 - Greek Drama (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Study of Greek drama.
MATH 2211 - History of Mathematics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101 or higher or #
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Historical development of various areas in mathematics and important figures in mathematics from ancient to modern times. prereq: 1101 or higher or instr consent
MUS 1155 - Foundations in Music History I: Ancient to 1750 (HIST)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
A chronological survey of Western musical development from the earliest notated examples to the end of the Baroque period. Emphasis is placed on specific works and composers as examples of larger musical and cultural trends. This is the first of two courses intended to provide a historical framework for further musical study. prererq: coreq 1151, 1153
MUS 2403 - Choral Traditions and Literature (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
An exploration of choral singing and repertoire from various global cultures, including the western European tradition. Students develop an understanding of the evolution of the choral art form and its parallels with society, culture, politics, and religion.
MUS 3108 - Intellectual Foundations of Western Music (HUM)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Exploration of source readings and analytical projects showing the intellectual foundations of Western music from antiquity through the Middle Ages. prereq: 2151, 2152 or instr consent
NAIS 1002 - Beginning Dakota Language II (WL)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
A continuation of 1001 with greater emphasis on conversation and culture. prereq: 1001 or instr consent
NAIS 1012 - Beginning Anishinaabe Language II (WL)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
A continuation of 1011 with greater emphasis on conversation and culture. prereq: 1011
NAIS 1054 - Associated Languages: Introduction to Nahuatl Language (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: SPAN 1054/NAIS 1054
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Same as Span 1054. An introduction to speaking, writing, and reading in contemporary Nahuatl (more popularly known as the language of the Mexica or Aztecs) and an overview of Nahua culture. prereq: due to the fact that many Nahuatl texts are bilingual, it is recommended that students have completed at least two years of college-level Spanish
SPAN 1054 - Associated Languages: Introduction to Nahuatl Language (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: SPAN 1054/NAIS 1054
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Same as NAIS 1054. An introduction to speaking, writing, and reading in contemporary Nahuatl (more popularly known as the language of the Mexica or Aztecs) and an overview of Nahua culture. prereq: due to the fact that many Nahuatl texts are bilingual, it is recommended that students have completed at least two years of college-level Spanish
TH 3101 - World Theatre: History and Literature I (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theatrical practice and dramatic literature from origins through late 17th century, tracing the roots leading to, and influences on, early modern European theatre practice and dramatic literature, as well as examining select Asian, African, and/or pre-Columbian American theatrical practice.
ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The archaeology of the societies located in the current United States and Canada prior to European colonization. Includes the earliest human colonization of North America (circa 12,000 years ago), early hunting and gathering societies, the development of agriculture, and the formation of complex chiefdoms. Emphasis on the diversity of cultures, languages, economies, and environments found throughout precontact North America.
ANTH 3461 - Archaeology of Eurasia and Africa (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The archaeology of Europe, Asia, and Africa, from 30,000 years ago up to the development of state-level societies on all three continents. Focus is on prehistory and non-Classical societies.
ARTH 3112 - Faith, Image, and Power: Art and the Byzantine Empire (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
How are the seemingly unrelated strands of faith and power combined to make art in the Byzantine Empire? This course explores this question through a chronological and socio-political treatment of Byzantine art and the various roles that it acquired. Examine political art, religious art, and the many ways in which they were combined. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3113 - Early Islamic Art and Culture (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
An investigation of Islamic art and architecture in both the secular and religious realm. Examination of these works in the context of the cultures and historical periods that produced them. Begins with the birth of Islamic art and continues up until the Ayyubid dynasty (14th century). prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
An investigation of the two major forms of architectural construction in the Middle Ages. Exploration of the development of the cathedral and castle as architectural forms and examination of the circumstances surrounding their evolution through the medieval period. Examples are drawn from continental Europe, the British Isles, and the Levant. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or instr consent
ENGL 3043 - Medieval Makings of Tolkien's Worlds
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Texts in Old and Middle English, as well as some Welsh, Old Irish, and Old Norse ones, are the basis for this course, framed by references and uses in the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, one of the most influential fantasy writers of the 20th century and a scholar of medieval literature. (Readings will be mostly medieval literature.) prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Travel to York, England, to study the literature and history of the city from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the Middle Ages. Focus on the role that York played as the second city of medieval England, emphasizing the diverse cultural influences on the city. Day trips to historically significant sites in the vicinity of York. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Prose and poetry of early medieval England (650-1100) in translation and in Old English (which is studied), with attention to material (manuscripts) and cultural contexts and to reception history. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
FREN 3402 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Pre-Enlightenment Culture in France
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course traces the history of French culture in the Middle Ages and into the Early Modern Period; it examines the geography, language, and institutions of medieval and early modern France through literature. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3406 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Emotional Extremes in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theories from cultural and religious studies, anthropology, history, psychology, and sociology combine to approach emotional expression in society and in literature. Readings: Durkheim, Freud, Laplanche, Bataille, Chretien's Lancelot, Partonopeus, Le Roman de Troie, troubadour lyric, Aucassin et Nicolette, Legenda Aurea, Saint Augustine, Ovid's Metamorphoses. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: (or coreq) 3011
FREN 3407 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: The "East" and its Marvels
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A Medieval French course introducing cultural and literary aspects of the Middle Ages through marvelous figures and manifestations of the medieval French interpretation of the "East," including attention to exotic forms of clothing and food in romance, crusades, bestiaries, and fabliaux. Students read medieval interpretations of adventure stories such as the Iliad and Aeneid. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: (or coreq) 3011
FREN 3408 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Quests, Quails, and Custards--Food in Life and Literature
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Spices, game, and chocolate trace the real and imagined movement of European people in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period in literary and historical sources. Make authentic recipes and read authors, including Marco Polo, from many genres of literature. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: (or coreq) 3011 or instr consent
FREN 3410 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Troubadours and Old Occitan: Creative Writing in the Middle Ages (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The Troubadours considered Occitan, at the crossroads of French, Spanish, and Italian, the best vernacular for lyric poetry. Poetic innovation flourished at the courts from Auvergne to Catalonia. Learn the grammar of this medieval language as you translate lyric texts and compose and workshop parallel modern poems in a variety of forms. Non-French students and students below French 3xxx write and workshop their poems in English, and French students above French 2002 wanting to count the course for the MEMS elective in the major write and translate in French. Language of instruction is English. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: completion of 1002, its equivalency, or above in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Portuguese, or Greek or instr consent
FREN 3411 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Medieval and Renaissance Bodies
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Through literature, students learn about the diversity of the understandings of the body in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. By studying fictional, religious, and historical portrayals of habits and customs alongside medical treatises, students analyze different conceptions of the body through a variety of primary and secondary sources. prereq or coreq: 3011 or instr consent
GER 3702 - Martial Masculinities: Manhood and Aggression in German Literature and Culture (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Examination of masculinity in German-speaking lands by exploring history, literature, film, and graphic art from a theoretical perspective with particular focus on patterns of representation that define and shape "manliness" from the medieval to the modern era.
GER 4001 - German Civilization I (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course facilitates effective engagement with the history and culture of German-speaking countries and. This is a lecture style course taught entirely in German to improve listening, speaking, and writing abilities as well as to prepare for a study abroad experience. prereq: 3001 or equiv
HIST 3207 - The Crusades (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Explores the historical contexts and consequences of the European Crusades between the 11th century and early modern period, including the perspective of European Jews, Turkish and Arabic Muslims, and Byzantine and Near Eastern Christians.
IS 3053 - Irish Texts and Contexts (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
This study abroad course explores the intimate relationship between Irish literature and the spaces in which it developed, from the geographical features that gave prehistoric Irish myths their shape to the large estates that produced poets like William Butler Yeats. The course involves three weeks of travel to many different locations throughout Ireland.
IS 3215H - Honors: Sagas before the Fall: Culture, Climate, and Collapse in Medieval Iceland (ENVT)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exploration of the literary and physical record of society in Viking-age Iceland from its settlement during the Medieval Warm Period, through centuries of environmental degradation and changing religion, to the onset of the Little Ice Age and the end of the Icelandic free state. prereq: participation in Honors Program or instr consent
IS 3242H - Honors: Two Cosmological Poets: Dante and Lucretius (IP)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: participation in the Honors Program or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Explore, compare, and contrast the cosmological poems "On the Nature of Things" (De Rerum Natura, DRN) of Titus Lucretius Carus (ca. 99-55 BCE) and "The Divine Comedy" (Commedia) of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321 CE). The two poets diverge on almost every aspect of cosmological outlook and notion of the moral life and right living. prereq: participation in the Honors Program or instr consent
IS 3248H - Honors: Art and History of the Crusades (FA)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The Crusades mark a crucial turning point in the Christian West's interaction with the Holy Land that still has immense repercussions to this day. The focus of this co-taught honors course is the multi-layered intersections between the history of the Crusades and the "Western" kingdoms established in the eastern Mediterranean (c. 1099-1291 CE) and the art and architecture produced there. prereq: participation in the Honors Program or instr consent
LAT 2001 - Intermediate Latin Prose (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Introduction to Latin prose authors of 1st centuries BCE/CE. Readings of continuous passages of unadapted Latin texts (history, speeches, letters). Review of grammar/vocabulary as needed. Some discussion of major themes/issues in Roman culture as illustrated by texts. prereq: grade of at least C- or S in 1002 or instr consent
LAT 2002 - Intermediate Latin Poetry (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to Roman epic poetry. Readings of selections from Vergil's Aeneid. Quantitative meter and poetic devices. Discussion of major themes and issues as developed in Vergil's poetry. Prereq: grade of at least C- or S in 2001 or instr consent
NAIS 2011 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language I (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Review of the essential structural patterns of the Anishinaabe language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 1012 or placement or instr consent
NAIS 2012 - Intermediate Anishinaabe Language II (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Review of the essential structural patterns of the Anishinaabe language; continued development of oral, aural, reading, and writing skills based on cultural and literary texts appropriate to this level. prereq: 2011 or placement or instr consent
PHIL 3151 - History of Ancient Philosophy (HIST)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Explores the views of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and the Stoics. Possible topics include ancient views on the nature and possibility of knowledge, the relationship of the soul to the body, and what the good life is for a human being. prereq: 1101 or 1102 or 1103 or instr consent
POL 3351 - Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A survey of Western social and political thought from 5th century BCE through the 15th century. Includes two extended role-playing simulations on the Athenian Assembly at the time of the trial of Socrates and the Roman Republic at the time of Julius Caesar's assassination. prereq: 1101 or instr consent