The main objective of the Medieval/Renaissance major is to provide its students with an in-depth knowledge of the history of Western civilization. Upon completion of the major, students will understand the main outlines of the history and culture of the Medieval/Renaissance period, be able to read at least one language relevant to this area of study, know the primary artistic developments of the period and understand the contributions of Medieval and Renaissance culture to modern culture.

Within the context of these intellectual endeavors, students will study the evolution of such social institutions as trial by jury, the idea of rights, the hospital and the parliament, the organization of work by clock time, the dissemination of information by the printing press and appeals on behalf of the rights of women. Students will also examine the growth of Protestantism and the renewal of Catholicism through the Counter-Reformation. The courses offered for this major cover everything from ascetic saints like St. Francis to authors of bawdy tales like Rabelais.

Because the disciplines in the Medieval and Renaissance periods are fluid, it is important for students in this area of study to take a variety of courses in different academic areas. Because the central intellectual documents of the period are written in Latin, students will want to consider taking Latin courses. Knowledge of a language, either Latin, German, Spanish, Italian, or whichever language best suits the student's area of interest, is required for the major.

Major Requirements

30 hours from core required courses and elective courses. Twelve hours must be taken at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements

Core Courses (for a total of 15 hrs):

a) Select two of the following:
HIST 211 History of the Middle Ages
HIST 212
History of Early Modern Europe: Renaissance to the French Revolution
HIST 231
History of England: Stonehenge through the Glorious Revolution
HIST 321
The Age of the Renaissance & Reformation
HIST 414
Medieval Culture
HIST 420
The Italian Renaissance
HIST 421
The German Reformation

b) Select one of the following:
CLAS 282/ENGL 240B The World of Classical Rome
ENGL 362
Intro to Medieval Literature
ENGL 363
Intro to Renaissance Literature
GERM 445
16th & 17th Century German Literature
RELG 206
Ways of Western Religion
SPAN 421
Medieval Literature
SPAN 441
Spanish Golden Age Poetry
SPAN 442
Spanish Golden Age Prose

c) Select one of the following:
AHIS 216 Medieval Art
AHIS 221
Italian Renaissance Art
AHIS 226
Northern Renaissance Art
PHIL 336
Ethics: Ancient & Medieval
PHIL 337
Knowledge: Ancient & Medieval
PHIL 338
Metaphysics: Ancient & Medieval

Select one of the following:
An honors thesis,
a 900-level Interdisciplinary Seminar (open to undergraduates with permission),
or a 300- or 400-level Directed Reading resulting in a substantial research paper.

Electives

Elective Courses (for a total of 15 hrs):

15 hours, selected in consultation with the adviser to form a coherent area of concentration. The 15 hours must include courses from at least two of the following three areas: history, literature and the humanities, and the visual and performing arts. Courses must be chosen from the list of course offerings for Medieval and Renaissance Studies listed. Students can substitute an appropriate Honors seminar with the consent of their advisor. Advanced students may take a graduate course in Medieval and Renaissance studies with permission of the instructor.

NOTE: “Special topics” courses, Honors Program seminars, graduate seminars (some of which are open to undergraduates with permission), and other such courses may also count for Medieval and Renaissance studies credit. For information regarding whether a specific course may count toward the major or minor, contact the Medieval and Renaissance Studies adviser.

Undergraduate Advisor

Stephen Buhler
Aaron Douglas Professor of English
109 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0333
(402)472-1784
sbuhler1@unl.edu

Undergraduate advisers are available to help students choose appropriate courses for the major, in keeping with their educational and career goals.


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Courses

Some courses are not offered every year. Check the current schedule of classes for availability.

Architecture
ARCH 240 Architecture History & Theory I

Art and Art History
AHIS 101 Intro to Art History & Criticism I
AHIS 102 Intro to Art History & Criticism II
AHIS 216 Medieval Art
AHIS 221 Italian Renaissance Art
AHIS 226 Northern Renaissance Art
AHIS 318 Late Medieval Art in Europe
AHIS 321 Early Renaissance Art
AHIS 322 High Renaissance & Mannerist Art
AHIS 418 Gothic Painting & Prints
AHIS 421 The Italian Renaissance City
AHIS 426 Northern Renaissance & Reformation Art
AHIS 476 History of Prints

Classics and Religious Studies
CLAS 180 Classical Mythology
CLAS 28/ ENGL 240AThe World of Classical Greece
CLAS 282/ENGL 240B The World of Classical Rome
CLAS 307/HIST 307/RELG 307 Early Christianity
CLAS 312/RELG 312 Pagans & Christians in the Roman Empire
CLAS 315/HIST 315 Medieval World: Byzantium
CLAS 381/ENGL 381 Ancient Novel
CLAS 409/HIST 409/RELG 409 Religion of Late Western Antiquity
CLAS 410/RELG 410 Gnosticism
CLAS 483/ENGL 440 Classical Drama
LATN 456 Latin of the Middle Ages
RELG 340/JUDS 340/WMNS 340 Women in the Biblical World
RELG 489/ENGL 489 Medieval Literature & Theology

English
ENGL 210L Arthur in Literature & Legend
ENGL 230 English Authors to 1800
ENGL 230A Shakespeare
ENGL 315A/WMNS 315A Survey of Women’s Literature
ENGL 330 British Authors to 1800
ENGL 330A Shakespeare on Screen
ENGL 330E Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton
ENGL 340 Classical Roots of English Literature
ENGL 362 Intro to Medieval Literature
ENGL 363 Intro to Renaissance Literature
ENGL 426 History of the English Language
ENGL 430A Shakespeare I
ENGL 462 Survey of Medieval Literature
ENGL 463 Survey of Renaissance Literature
ENGL 489/RELG 489 Medieval Literature & Theology

History
HIST 100 Western Civilization to 1715
HIST 211 History of the Middle Ages
HIST 212 History of Early Modern Europe: Renaissance to the French Revolution
HIST 214/RELG 214 History of Islam
HIST 216/RELG 216 History of Christianity
HIST 217/JUDS 217/RELG 217 Israel: The Holy Land
HIST 219/JUDS 219/RELG 219 Intro to Jewish History
HIST 231 History of England: Stonehenge through the Glorious Revolution
HIST 261 Russia to the Era of Catherine the Great
HIST 307/CLAS 307/RELG 307 Early Christianity
HIST 315/CLAS 315 Medieval World: Byzantium
HIST 317 The Roman Empire
HIST 321
The Age of the Renaissance & Reformation
HIST 322
The Age of the Baroque
HIST 331/
CLAS 331/JUDS 331/ RELG 331 Ancient Israel
HIST 332/
JUDS 332/ RELG 332 Jews in the Middle Ages
HIST 370/
ETHN 370 Colonial Mexico
HIST 381
History of Premodern Japan
HIST 383
History of Premodern China
HIST 409/
CLAS 409/RELG 409 Religion of Late Western Antiquity
HIST 414
Medieval Culture
HIST 420
The Italian Renaissance
HIST 421
The German Reformation
HIST 422
The Scientific Revolution
HIST 430
Early European History Through Biography
HIST 431
Medieval England
HIST 432
England: Reformation to Revolution, 1530-1660
HIST 436
/WMNS 436 Saints, Witches & Madwomen

Interior Design
IDES 445
History of Interiors & Designed Objects

Modern Languages and Literatures
FREN 441 French Literary Treasures of the Middle Ages
FREN 445
17th Century I
FREN 446
17th Century II
GERM 445
16th & 17th Century German Literature
SPAN 312/
LAMS 312 Representative Spanish-American Authors II
SPAN 314
Representative Authors of Spain I
SPAN 315
Representative Authors of Spain II
SPAN 421
Medieval Literature
SPAN 441
Spanish Golden Age Poetry
SPAN 442
Spanish Golden Age Prose
SPAN 445
Spanish Golden Age Drama
SPAN 473
Cervantes

Music
MUSC 365
Music History & Literature I
MUSC 449
Medieval Music
MUSC 451
Music & the Church
MUSC 486
Music of the Renaissance
MUSC 487
Music of the Baroque Era

Philosophy
P
HIL 231 History of Philosophy (Ancient)
PHIL 336
Ethics: Ancient & Medieval
PHIL 337
Knowledge: Ancient & Medieval
PHIL 338
Metaphysics: Ancient & Medieval
PHIL 450
Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 460
/860 History of Modern Philosophy

Textiles, Clothing & Design
TXCD 407
History of Costume
TXCD 408
History of Textiles

Theatre Arts
THEA 335
History of Theatre I
THEA 401
Advanced Acting (if it focuses on Greeks and Shakespeare)