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The main objective of the Medieval/Renaissance undergraduate program is to provide its students with an in-depth knowledge of the history of Western civilization.

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.


Why Study Medieval and Renaissance Studies At UNL?

The University of Nebraska is the only higher education institution in Nebraska, public or private, that offers a major in Medieval/ Renaissance Studies.

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Program Director Carole Levin was featured in a British television program analyzing the mysterious death of Amy Robsart.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Graduate Student Nate Probasco was awarded one of three Univeristy Presidential Graduate Fellowships.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies graduate Lindsey Kerns presented her film and play about female pirate Mary Anne Talbot as part of the Women's and Gender Studies colloquium series.

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Medieval and Renaissance studies sponsors an undergraduate contest for both research essays and creative projects.

The Degree

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies major requires students to complete 30 credit hours. 15 hours come from core requirements from across the disciplines and 15 hours from electives chosen with an adviser to form a coherent area of concentration. Detailed requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Major page.

The minor requires completion of 18 credit hours, with 9 hours from core requirements from across the disciplines and 9 hours from other Medieval and Renaissance Studies courses. Detailed requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Minor Page


Majoring in Medieval/Renaissance studies provides excellent preparation for graduate work in this area, especially for students interested in literary, historical, or artistic studies, with an eventual career in college or university teaching.

The minor also provides a strong background in the study of Western civilization's institutions for students interested in advanced studies law, religion, history of science.

A major or minor in Medieval/Renaissance studies will give you a well-rounded liberal arts background. This broad education, which stresses careful research, critical analysis, effective writing and other communication skills, will prepare you for a career in many fields, including education, business, medicine, finance, communications.


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

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Monthly faculty/graduate student meetings are an excellent source of information for interested undergraduates. These meetings give students a chance to hear about the latest research in areas about which they may be especially interested, and get to know both professors and students pursuing scholarly work in the area.


UNL's Love Library has a rich source of materials available in Medieval/Renaissance Studies. Additional resources may be obtained through interlibrary loan or electronically through such Internet sites as Labyrinth, Ficino, Cetedoc and the Dartmouth Dante Project Files. See the Resources Page for more information.

Undergraduate students may also have the opportunity to work with Medieval and Renaissance Studies faculty members on their research through the university's UCARE program. More information can be found on the UCARE website.