Graduate Student

Command 900 years of history

The Medieval & Renaissance Studies graduate minor offers unparalleled interdisciplinary learning, as you work with professors and peers in departments across the university, along with an extensive breadth of knowledge that comes from studying Medieval and Renaissance periods from different critical perspectives.

Our 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 900 years of chronological distance.

You’ll 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 you to develop an alternate, more open and more culturally complex historical place from which to articulate your own contemporary histories.

The program supports numerous graduate students in various participating departments such as English, History and Modern Languages. These students frequently draw on Medieval & Renaissance faculty from other departments as readers and committee members, a practice that increases the interdisciplinary rigor and appeal of our graduate students’ work. As a result of this collaboration and the good work of faculty and students within their departments, our students have presented at national conferences, published in respected academic journals, and continued on to become faculty colleagues at other institutions.

Where Can a PhD or Masters Degree Take Me?

An advanced degree can provide you with skills that make you a match for any job. Be active in voicing your interests. Colleagues and peers will help you develop your skills and find relevant opportunities In other words, being proactive, having initiative, and cultivating a network are key elements beyond your research and coursework.

UNL provides excellent resources to gain skills, polish existing ones, and prepare for the job market. The Office of Graduate Studies has an entire site on Career and Professional Development which includes career pathways, career development, and professional development.

"What Can You Do With a Humanities Ph.D., Anyway?," The Atlantic (March 31, 2014)

Here are some resources we have developed to help you address how to gain or polish skills ("Get Involved", "Career Experience", "Conferences"), and to find jobs inside and outside academia.

Get Involved Career Experience Conferences Job-seeking resources


  • For a M.A. minor, 9 credits of courses outside of the department in which the student is seeking a degree.
  • For Ph.D. minor, 15 credits of courses outside of the department in which the student is seeking a degree.


Course listing in the Graduate Catalog

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
801 Renaissance Drama
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
FREN 841 French Literary Treasures of the Middle Ages
FREN 845 17th Century I
FREN 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