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Degree Requirements 2019-2020

The objective of Medieval Studies is to introduce students to the culture of the Middle Ages—its diverse history and beliefs, its arts and literature—and to the disciplinary and interdisciplinary skills necessary for its serious study.

The major in Medieval Studies fulfills the original (medieval) ideal of a liberal arts education. Since the study of the liberal arts was developed in the Middle Ages, students majoring in Medieval Studies find an ideal context for the pursuit of a liberal arts degree in the modern world.

As was the case in medieval universities, Augsburg’s major in Medieval Studies prepares students for life beyond college. Because of its emphasis on precise reading and analysis of texts, careful writing, and spirited discussion, the major in Medieval Studies offers a solid foundation for graduate or professional study, as well as employment opportunities that require abilities in communication, critical and abstract thinking, and processing information.


Eleven courses, including six core courses and five electives:

  • 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
    • RLN 342 – 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 Histories: Origins to 1800
  • Two electives from the following courses:
    • HIS 374 – Medieval Crusades
    • HIS 440 – Topics in World History: Monks and Heretics (this topic only)
    • 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.