Dr. Thomas Ferguson
The minor in Medieval Studies offers a multi-disciplinary exploration of the art, architecture, history, literature, music, philosophy, and religion of Europe between the fourth and fifteenth centuries. It encourages students to engage critically with a formative era of the past that has shaped the Catholic Church and the development of the modern world. The Middle Ages saw the formation of the institutional Church and the rise of the papacy, the development of the nation and representative bodies, the origin of the university and modern legal systems, the creation of new artistic, literary, and musical forms, and even the formulation of notions such as romantic love and the individual “self.” Current methods in studying the Middle Ages enable scholars and students to engage with the Lasallian mission by studying the poor, displaced, and persecuted as well as the legendary, famous, and powerful.
The Medieval Studies Minor draws faculty and courses from at least six different departments in the School of Liberal Arts and encourages students to seek connections across the disciplines. The minor complements all majors in the humanities and provides a firm historical grounding for students in the social sciences and other areas who wish to understand a period that was crucial to the development of the modern world.
Requirements for a Medieval Studies Minor
15 credits to include:
|Medieval Origins of West Culture|
|3 courses selected from:||9|
|Studies in Medieval British Literature|
|Europe in the Middle Ages|
|Medieval Christian Thought|
|And an additional course selected from the above or any of the following:||3|
|Monasticism and the Arts|
|Premodern Women and Gender History|
|The Byzantine Empire|
|Medieval and Renaissance Italian Civilization|
|Faith and Reason|
|Early Christian Thought|
|The Catholic Mystics|
Special Topics courses focusing on a medieval subject may be selected as an elective with the approval of the Medieval Studies program coordinator. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses in the minor.