Medieval Studies

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Degree Requirements


Ten courses, including:

Six core requirements:
HUM 120 – Medieval Life in 12th-Century Europe
LAT 101 – Beginning Latin I
LAT 102 – Beginning Latin II
HIS 369 – The Early and High Middle Ages
HIS 370 – The Late Middle Ages to 1648
HUM 490 – Keystone: Medieval Studies Project

One of the following literature courses:
ENL 330 – Shakespeare
ENL 332 – British Literature: Renaissance and Reformation
ENL 360 – The Classical Tradition
ENL 361 – The Medieval World
SPA 352 – Survey of Spanish Literature I

One of the following religion or philosophy courses:
HIS 378 – Medieval Church
PHI 242 – History of Philosophy II: Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
REL 362 – Martin Luther and the Reformation

One of the following history of arts courses:
ART 386 – Medieval Art
ART 387 – Renaissance and Baroque Art
MUS 231 – History and Literature of Music I
THR 361 – Theater History and Criticism I

Two electives from the following courses:
HIS 374 – Medieval Crusades
HIS 440 – Topics in World History: Monks and Heretics
POL 380 – Western Political Thought
SPA 331 – Spanish Civilization and Culture

Any literature, religion/philosophy, or history of arts courses not already taken may be taken as electives.

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. HIS 369 meets the Quantitative Reasoning (QR) graduation skill. Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Language Requirement

Students must take one year of college-level Latin as part of the major.

In addition, students must take one year of a college-level, modern language in which medieval scholarship is published (e.g. Spanish, French, German, Norwegian, Arabic; NOT American Sign Language). This second language will fulfill the Modern Language Core Skills requirement.
Augsburg Experience.

As with all majors, an Augsburg Experience is required for graduation. For the Medieval Studies major this might include study abroad, or internships at the University of Minnesota’s Rare Books Collection, the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, or the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Prior approval of advisor is required for all Augsburg Experiences related to Medieval Studies.


Five courses, including HUM 120. The remaining four courses must be in different disciplines, as grouped above (history, literature, religion/philosophy, and history of arts).

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.