Medieval and Early Modern Studies

    A minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies furthers our liberal arts mission of shaping students to be informed, active citizens of the world. This interdisciplinary, multi-period minor cultivates students’ deeper understanding of the past, dispelling old myths as they examine the rich diversity of cultures in Europe, northern Africa, Asia, and Latin America from the fifth century to the eighteenth. Given the profound interconnectedness of multiple modes of artistic production and cultural expression across the medieval and early modern worlds, this minor offers a valuable opportunity to further contextualize their studies in majors such as Art History, English, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Humanities, Music, Philosophy and Religion, and Theatre.

    Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor Courses Spring 2021

    ART 115: Arts of the Islamic World (Tilghman)

    TTh 2:30-3:45pm 

    Fine Arts Distribution

    ART 211: Making Gods in Medieval and Early Modern Art (Tilghman)

    TTh 10:00-11:15am 

    Fine Arts Distribution

    ENG 206/THE 206: Shakespeare II (Fox)

    MW 2:30-3:45pm 

    Humanities or Fine Arts Distribution


    ENG 394-11: Global Middle Ages (Rydel)

    MWF 1:30-2:20pm

    FRS 394: Enlightenment and Revolution/Lumières et revolution (Maynard)

    MW 2:30-3:45pm

    MUS 327: Music, Ritual, and Early Christianity (McCollum) 

    TTh 1:00-2:15pm 

    Fine Arts Distribution


    HIS 111: Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine (Sorrentino)

    MWF 11:30am-12:20pm 

    Social Science Distribution


    HIS 357: Early Islamic Civilization (Sorrentino) MW 2:30-3:45
    HPS 494: Prehispanic Literature (Deanda) MWF 1:30-2:20

    Academic Requirements

    The minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies would be six courses (24 credits) chosen from the list below. Special topics courses can be approved by the director.

    Please note: Many courses which apply toward the minor may have additional prerequisites. Students are encouraged to discuss their program with their academic advisor and the MEMS Minor Director.

    • One course must be a 100-200 level course in the Medieval or Early Modern periods, which will serve as students’ gateway course into the minor. These courses also count for the College’s general education distribution.

    • No more than two courses at the 100/200 level total may count towards the minor.

    • Courses must be taken in at least three different departments.

    • At least one course must be in each time period, broadly construed (medieval versus early modern); some courses will contain content for each.

    • Short-term study abroad courses led by faculty affiliated with the Medieval and Early Modern Studies can potentially count towards the minor as well, subject to the approval of the faculty member leading it and the Director of the minor.

    • Applicable courses taken in study abroad programs approved by Washington College may be counted towards the minor at the discretion of the Director of the minor.

    • The MEMS minor places no restrictions on double-counting courses with a student’s major.