Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor

Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: None

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

Contact Information: Michael Grillo, Department of Art, 107 Lord Hall, (207) 581-3246; grillo@maine.edu


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 seventeenth. It incorporates offerings from the departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Classics, and Art to explore issues of social structure, philosophy, religion, politics, language, poetry, prose, and artistic expression from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Students who elect this curriculum usually begin their exploration of the period through introductory courses, such as ARH 155, HON 111, HTY 105, or HTY 202, only one of which counts towards the total credits of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to take courses from all of its disciplines.

For complete information about Medieval and Renaissance Studies, visit the coordinator at 111 Carnegie Hall, phone (207) 581-3252 or contact Associate Professor Michael Grillo at grillo@maine.edu.

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
  • ENG 231 – Western Tradition in Literature: Homer Through the Renaissance Credits: 3
  • ENG 251 – English Literature Survey: Beginnings Through Neoclassicism Credits: 3
  • HON 111 – Civilizations: Past, Present and Future I Credits: 4
  • HON 112 – Civilizations: Past, Present and Future II 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 362 – Medieval Art and Architecture Seminar Credits: 3
  • ARH 363 – Renaissance Art and Architecture Seminar Credits: 3
  • ARH 493 – Medieval Research Seminar Credits: 3
  • ARH 494 – Renaissance Research Seminar Credits: 3

English


  • ENG 253 – Shakespeare: Selected Plays Credits: 3
  • ENG 351 – Medieval English Literature Credits: 3
  • ENG 490 – Research Seminar in Literature Credits: 3

History


  • HTY 202 – Medieval Civilization Credits: 3
  • HTY 398 – Historical Issues Credits: 3
  • HTY 402 – Roman History Credits: 3
  • HTY 403 – Early Middle Ages Credits: 3
  • HTY 404 – Late Middle Ages Credits: 3
  • HTY 405 – Early Modern Europe: Renaissance, Reformation and the Foundation of the Modern World-System Credits: 3
  • HTY 423 – History of Russia I Credits: 3
  • HTY 453 – History of Ireland I Credits: 3
  • HTY 455 – History of Great Britain I Credits: 3
  • HTY 498 – Senior Seminar in History Credits: 3

Modern Languages and Classics


  • FRE 390 – Topics in French Credits: 1-3
  • GER 401 – Major Cultural Periods Credits: 3
  • MLC 190 – Topics in Modern Languages Credits: 3
  • MLC 231 – Western Tradition in Literature: Homer Through the Renaissance Credits: 3
  • SPA 401 – Golden Age Credits: 3
  • SPA 403 – Cervantes Credits: 3
  • SPA 490 – Topics and Individual Authors in Spanish Credits: 1-3

Political Science


  • POS 302 – Medieval Political Thought Credits: 3
  • POS 303 – Early Modern Political Thought Credits: 3