MDST 511: Capstone Experience

Medieval and Early Modern Studies majors may fulfill the requirement for the capstone experience by choosing one of the three options below.  Since this major is tailored to individual student interests, the capstone requirement will be fulfilled through the choice of options best suited to particular concentrations.

Program Options:

  1. Student Research Project, given credit as a course
  2. Honors’ Thesis
  3. A designated course that integrates the discipline and major program of study of the student

Students choosing option 1 will undertake an independent studies course as the significant project on which to bring to bear information, skills and ideas acquired from the major, which will be indicated by the addition of MDST 511 to it. The topic and approach chosen for this course will be such as to provide the opportunity for the student to integrate and advance knowledge and insight gained in previous courses in the major. For example, a student who has taken HISE H420, Disease, Death, Destitution, and Despair in Early Modern Europe, and ENLS 413, Renaissance Literature, might design a course focused on the literary representation of poverty in Early Modern England. Through guided readings, presentations short papers, and a final paper, the student would trace connections between historical, moral, and theological debates on poverty in the 16th and 17th centuries and its depiction in literature.

Students choosing option 3 will add MDST 511 to the course that they have chosen as the significant project on which to bring to bear information, skills and ideas acquired from the major. The course will be one related to the work that they have done in their area of special interest. In the course's individual work, such as presentations and research papers, the student would pay particular attention to applying what has been learned in previous courses. For example, a student who has concentrated on religion in the medieval and early modern periods might add MDST 511 to HISE 633, Imperial Spain 1469-1700, in which he or he would study such issues as the Inquisition and society, Spain’s role in the Counter-Reformation, Muslim and Jewish converts to Christianity, and gender and spirituality.

Tulane Univ., Medieval & Early Modern Studies, 122 Norman Mayer, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-862-3424