Students in an undergraduate Art History course used colored gaff tape in a courtyard on campus to create a to-scale floor plan of a medieval cathedral.

Medieval Studies is a flexible and interdisciplinary program that offers courses from a variety of programs and majors. Students interested in the many ways in which the Middle Ages continue to shape our world—from the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkein, film adaptations of medieval legends such as Arthur, popular tv series based on the world of the Vikings to video games based on medieval epics—will find that the University has courses that will allow them to explore the history and culture behind such modern adaptations.

The University’s wide selection of language and history courses offers many opportunities for exploring the variety of the Middle Ages across the globe. The University has a good collection of medieval manuscripts, accessible to all students. In addition, the Center for Medieval Studies has long-standing relationships with the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN, as well as the Newberry Library in Chicago.  

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Courses

All courses below count toward the undergraduate minor in medieval studies. Please contact the home department and/or instructor for full details on each course.

  • MEST 1102/3102: Modern Echoes of Medieval Tales (Michelle Hamilton & Katherine Pierpont)
  • Anth 4043: Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Vikings: Archeology of Northern Europe (Peter Wells)
  • Hist 3600: Medieval Cities of Europe (Kathryn Reyerson)
  • ENGL 4613: Old English II: Beowulf (Andrew Scheil)
  • CNES/RELS/HIST 1082/3094: Jesus in History (Stephen Ahearne-Kroll)
  • CNES 3074: Exploring the Qur'an: An Intellectual Odyssey with Islam's Holy Scripture (Mohsen Goudarzi)
  • AMES 3433: Traditional Literature in Translation (Maki Isaka)
  • AMES 3820: Islamic Mysticism (Alexander Jabbari)
  • Hist 3606: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages (Michael Lower)
  • Hist 3101: Introduction to Medieval History (Michael Lower)