Medieval Studies

In addition to fulfilling all the basic requirements for a minor (see Minor Fields of Study), students declaring a minor in medieval studies must fulfill the following requirements:

The interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in medieval studies offers students the opportunity to acquire an understanding of the historical, cultural, and social forces of the Middle Ages (approximately 500 to 1500 C.E.). The societies of medieval Europe and its Mediterranean neighbors began the first universities, established the nation-state, developed extended fictional narrative and the idea of romantic love, and laid the foundations of modern science, constitutional government, banking, and capitalism. Augustine, Dante, Aquinas, Saladin, Frederick II, Saint Louis, Maimonides, Averroes, Al-Ghazali, Innocent III, Joan of Arc, and Christine de Pizan, amongst many others, have made their mark on modern thought and cultural practice. In many ways, the Middle Ages contributed to the world that today’s students have inherited and need to understand.

Undergraduates who contemplate applying for the minor should contact the undergraduate advisor, Professor Joëlle Rollo-Koster, to discuss their interests and needs.

A minor requires a minimum of 18 credits with at least 12 credits at the 200-level or above.  A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required in the minor and at least half the credits in the minor must be taken at URI.  Minors require approval of the department chair.


STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: HIS 112 Medieval Europe and LAT 101 (6 credits); the remaining 12 credits can be chosen amongst the following courses:

ART 251 Introduction to Art History: Ancient-Medieval
ART 356 Medieval Art

ENG 478 Medieval Authors
ENG 381 Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature (can be repeated once with change of topic)
ENG 382 Medieval and Renaissance Authors (can be repeated once with change of topic)
ENG 535 Old English

HIS 112 Medieval Europe
HIS 176 Islamic History to 1492
HIS 304 Western Europe
HIS 305 The Renaissance
HIS 308 Medieval Women
HIS 379 The Jews of Islamic Lands
HIS 401 Advanced Topics in European History (with medieval focus)
HIS 495 Seminar in European History (with medieval focus)

ITL 395 Dante in English
ITL 301 Civilization of Italy (from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance)
ITL 325 Introduction to Italian Literature
ITL 455 Selected Italian Authors (with medieval focus)
ITL 481 Dante in Italian

PHL 322 Medieval Philosophy

LAT 101-102-301-310 (310 is a one credit course attached to another 3-credit course in which the student reads part of the reading list in Latin)

Students will also have the possibility to choose a Directed Study: 3 credits, in one of the proposed fields: Art History, English, French, History, Italian, Latin, and Philosophy, with the approval of the appropriate instructor.  For example, if taken with the history department it would be HIS 391.