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Why add a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies? 

Interdisciplinarity and Breadth Knowledge

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies graduate minor gives students the opportunity to learn about the Medieval and Renaissance periods in different disciplines. Students are able to work with professors and peers in departments across the university as well as look at the Medieval and Renaissance periods from different critical perspectives.

Transnational and Transhistorical:
UNL's program is unique in that it actively charts three axes of cultural diversity: that which occurs across geographical boundaries, within disciplinary cultures, and spanning nearly nine hundred years of chronological distance.
Students who take courses in the Program examine through multiple methodological lenses the relations between the many disparate cultures in Europe, Africa, and Asia from the end of Classical Antiquity to the beginning of the Modern Age.  By locating European history alongside the histories of Africa, the Americas, and the Near East, and by casting the European “self” as a temporal “other,” Medieval and Renaissance courses challenge students to develop an alternate, more open and more culturally complex historical place from which to articulate their own contemporary histories.


For a M.A. minor, nine credits of courses outside of the department in which the student is seeking a degree.

For Ph.D. minor, fifteen credits of courses outside of the department in which the student is seeking a degree.


818    Gothic Painting and Prints
821    The Italian Renaissance City
826    Northern Renaissance and Reformation Art
831    Italian Baroque Art
876    History of Prints
916    Seminar in Medieval Art
921    Seminar in Italian Renaissance Art
926    Seminar in Northern Renaissance Art
931    Seminar in Baroque Art

826     History of the English Language
828     Old English
830     British Authors to 1800
830A   Shakespeare
830J    Music and Text in the English Renaissance
862     Survey of medieval Literature
863     Survey of Renaissance Literature
930     Travel Writing and Influence
962     Seminar in Medieval Literature
963     Seminar in Renaissance Literature

841     French Literary Treasures of the Middle Ages
845    17th Century I
846    17th Century II

845    16th and 17th Century German Literature

820    The Italian Renaissance
821    The German Reformation
822    The Scientific Revolution
830    Early European History Through Biography
831    Medieval England
832    England: Reformation to Revolution, 1530-1660
836    Saints, Witches, and Madwomen
883    History of Premodern China
881    History of Premodern Japan
931    Readings in Early Modern Europe
932    Research in Early Modern Europe

830J   Music and Text in the English Renaissance
849    Medieval Music
886    Renaissance Music
887    Baroque Music

860   History of Modern Philosophy

821   Medieval Literature
845   Spanish Golden Age Drama
841   Spanish Golden Age Poetry
842   Spanish Golden Age Prose
873   Cervantes                                                                  943   Colonial Spanish America