Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward completion of the minor.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: C-

Other requirements:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine.

Contact Information: Michael Grillo, Department of Art, 107 Lord Hall, (207) 581-3246;

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies curriculum opens to students the diverse cultures of Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa that thrived within the period from the third century through the sixteenth. It incorporates offerings from the departments of Art, English, History, Modern Languages and Classics, and Political Sciences, as well as the Honors College, to explore issues of social structure, philosophy, religion, politics, language, poetry, prose, material culture, and visual expression from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Students who elect this curriculum usually begin their exploration of the period through introductory courses, such as ARH 155, ARH 156, HON 112, HON 211, and HTY 105, only one of which counts towards the total credits of the curriculum, and continue on with more focused studies at higher course levels. Students are encouraged to take courses from all of its disciplines.

For complete information about Medieval and Renaissance Studies, visit the coordinator at 219 Lord Hall, phone (207) 581-3252 or contact Associate Professor Michael Grillo at

One Introductory Course (Total of 3 credits)

  • ARH 155 – Art and Visual Culture in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds (Credits: 3)
  • ARH 156 – Art and Visual Culture in the Modern Era (Credits: 3)
  • HON 112 – Civilizations: Past, Present and Future II (Credits: 4)
  • HON 211 – Civilizations: Past, Present and Future III (Credits: 4)
  • HTY 105 – History of Ancient and Medieval Europe (Credits: 3)

Five or more Upper Level Courses (minimum of 15 credits total)

Art History

  • ARH 252 – Mediterranean Medieval Art and Architecture (Credits: 3)
  • ARH 253 – Northern European Medieval Art and Architecture (Credits: 3)
  • ARH 255 – Italian Renaissance Art (Credits: 3)
  • ARH 257 – Northern Renaissance Art (Credits: 3)
  • ARH 493 – Medieval Research Seminar (Credits: 3)
  • ARH 494 – Renaissance Research Seminar (Credits: 3)


  • ENG 253 – Shakespeare: Selected Plays (Credits: 3)
  • ENG 351 – Medieval English Literature (Credits: 3)
  • ENG 353 – Shakespeare and the English Renaissance (Credits: 3)


  • HTY 202 – Medieval Civilization Credits: 3
  • HTY 403 – Early Middle Ages Credits: 3
  • HTY 404 – Late Middle Ages Credits: 3
  • HTY 405 – Early Modern Europe: The Age of Reform (Credits: 3)
  • HTY 427 – Vikings! (Credits: 3)

Modern Languages and Classics

  • SPA 401 – Golden Age (Credits: 3)
  • SPA 403 – Cervantes (Credits: 3)

Political Science

  • POS 303 – Early Modern Political Thought (Credits: 3)

Special topics and Capstone courses will be considered for the minor by request when these courses are centered on Medieval and Renaissance eras.