Welcome to the Medieval Studies Minor! The study of the Middle Ages
proves to be highly relevant for the 21st century in many ways.
By considering what makes language, literature, philosophy, religion and history from another period different often reveals a great deal about what remains the same. The issues of religious warfare -- Jihad and crusades -- still shape our thought and lives today. The persecution of heretics and others on the fringes of society, the Great Schism in the medieval church, the Reformation, disease and medical science, technology and cosmology, as well as questions about the social roles of men and women, the just use of power and "just" war, and beauty in art and music not only inform and enrich medievalists, but contemporary society as well.
We can better understand our own world by exploring the ways in which it has developed from its medieval precedents along with the ways it has not.
For formal description of the program, visit our Course Catalog.
To discuss any questions about the minor program, please contact the Chair or other committee members.