Description of Major and Minor

Tulane's Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) offers a flexible, multidisciplinary major and minor designed to foster knowledge of the medieval and early modern worlds from the fourth through seventeenth centuries. Crossing national, linguistic, and disciplinary boundaries, MEMS gives students the analytic tools and historical understanding necessary for navigating our own interconnected, globalized world. The program draws on the expertise of faculty members from multiple departments within the School of Liberal Arts (Art History, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, English, French and Italian, Germanic and Slavic Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Spanish and Portuguese) and encourages students to choose their course of study according to their own interests.  Students are also encouraged whenever possible to engage with primary source materials from Tulane's Rare Books Collection, online, or from other libraries.


The major consists of 30 credits (ten courses) to be distributed in the following manner:

  1. Three courses each from two of three categories: medieval (300-1499), early modern (1500-1799), and crossover (spanning medieval and early modern).
  2. Any four additional courses listed in the program.
  3. Capstone: Students may fulfill the capstone requirement in their senior year by taking an appropriate capstone course in the department of their choice.

The student may take up to four courses in a single department. Of the ten courses, no more than three courses may be taken below the 300-level, and at least two must be completed at the 400-level or above.

The minor consists of 18 credits (six courses) to be distributed in the following manner:

  1. Two courses each from two of three categories: medieval, early modern, and crossover.
  2. Any two additional courses listed in the program

    Category I: Medieval

    ARHS 1010Art Survey I: Prehistory to Middle Ages

    ARHS 3200Early Christian and Byzantine Art

    ARHS 3210 Art and Experience in the Middle Ages

    ARHS 3220Romanesque and Gothic Art

    ARHS 6210 Medieval Pilgrimages: Saints, Bones, and Art

    ARHS 6220Women and Gender in Medieval Art

    ARHS 6230 Art and Architecture of Medieval Italy

    ASTA 3510Premodern Japanese Culture

    ENLS 4110 Middle English Literature

    ENLS 4120Medieval Literature

    ENLS 4450Chaucer

    ENLS 6070 Introduction to Old English

    ENLS 6120 Medieval Literature

    ENLS 6450 Chaucer

    FREN 4220Medieval French Literature

    FREN 6220 Medieval French Literature

    HISA 1020The Barbarian West

    HISA 1030Medieval Europe, 1100-1450

    HISA 2030Early Medieval and Byzantine Civilization from Constantine to the Crusades

    HISA 2310 Medieval England

    HISA 2350 Medieval Italy

    HISA 3170 Medieval Spain

    HISA 3910Special Topics in Medieval and Ancient History

    HISA 4140 The Crusades, 1095-1291

    HISA 4150 The Age of the Vikings

    HISA 4910 Special Topics in Medieval and Ancient History

    HISA 6090Seminar in Select Topics in Byzantine History

    HISA 6230Medieval Cities

    HISA 6270Women and Gender in the Middle Ages

    HISM 2200 History of Islam to 1400

    ITAL 4010Topics in Origins and Masterpieces of 13th- and 14th-Century Italian Literature

    JWST 3500The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry I: Moslem Spain

    JWST 3520The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry II: Christian Spain

    JWST 3530Jewish Life and Thought in the High Middle Ages

    JWST 4110Rabbinic Judaism

    JWST 4350Rashi, Halevi, Maimonides: Rabbinic Luminaries of the Middle Ages

    LATN 4070 Medieval Latin

    PHIL 3240 Medieval Philosophy

    SPAN 4420Introduction to Multicultural Medieval Iberia

    SPAN 6810Reading Medieval Iberia


    Category II: Cross-Over

    AHST 3300 Islamic Architecture

    ARHS 3310Art of the Early Renaissance in Italy

    ARHS 6020P Art and Belief in the Western Tradition

    ENLS 2010 Introduction to British Literature  I

    ENLS 4490Early Major Authors

    ENLS 5010Seminar in British Literature to 1800

    ENLS 6050 History of the English Language

    ENLS 6490 Early Major Authors

    FREN 4210History of the French Language

    FREN 6210History of the French Language

    GERM 3660Love, Death, and Sexuality from the Middle Ages to the Baroque

    GERM 3670Grimm Reckonings: The Development of the German Fairy Tal

    HISE 1210Europe and the Wider World: From the Renaissance to 1789

    HISE 2240Russian History from the 9th to the Mid-19th Centuries

    HISE 2410Spain, 1369-1716

    HISM 6140 Islam and the Western Mediterranean World, 1000-1900

    MUSC 1410History of European Music to 1750

    RUSS 3030 Masterpieces of Russian Literature I

    RUSS 3530Survey of Russian Art

    SPAN 4060 Pre-20th Century Readings in Spanish

    SPAN 6510History of the Spanish Language


    Category III: Early Modern

    ARHS 3230Visual Culture of Golden Age Spain

    ARHS 332016th-Century Italian Art

    ARHS 3330Italian Renaissance Architecture

    ARHS 3360 Art and Desire at the Renaissance Courts

    ARHS 3410 Theatres of the Baroque

    ARHS 3420Baroque Art

    ARHS 3430 Rubens to Rembrandt

    ARHS 3440Italian Baroque Art

    ARHS 3710 Colonial Art of Latin America

    ENLS 3230Shakespeare Select Plays

    ENLS 3750 American Life in American Literature, 1620-1864

    ENLS 4130Renaissance Literature

    ENLS 414017th-Century Literature

    ENLS 4150Early Modern Theater

    ENLS 4170 18th-Century Novel

    ENLS 4190Restoration and 18th-Century Literature

    ENLS 4310 American Literature to 1820

    ENLS 4460, 4470Shakespeare I and II

    ENLS 4480Milton

    ENLS 5310 Seminar in American Literature to 1820

    ENLS 6130 Renaissance Literature

    ENLS 6170 18th Century Literature

    ENLS 6190 Restoration and 18th Century Literature

    ENLS 6460, 6470 Shakespeare

    ENLS 6480 Milton

    FREN 4320Renaissance Literature

    FREN 441017th-Century French Literature

    FREN 442017th-Century Drama

    FREN 4520 18th-Century Literature

    FREN 6320 Renaissance Prose

    FREN 6410 17th-Century Literature

    FREN 6520 18th-Century Literature

    HISB 4250 The Atlantic Slave Trade

    HISE 2160 Europe in the 18th Century

    HISE 2320 Early Modern England

    HISE 2420 The Age of Reformation

    HISE 3300 Death, Disease, Destitution and Despair in Early Modern Europe

    HISE 3140Household, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe

    HISE 6050The Italian Renaissance

    HISE 6100Renaissance and Reformation, 1450-1660

    HISE 6330Imperial Spain, 1469-1716

    HISE 6350 Crime and Punishment in Hanoverian England

    HISE 6360English Civil War

    HISE 6370Seminar in Early Modern England

    HISL 1710 Introduction to Latin American History            

    HISL 2760 Colonial Mexico

    HISL 2810 Colonial Brazil

    HISL 3710 Seminar: The Colonial Heritage of Latin America

    HISU 2400 Women and Gender in U.S. History to 1830

    HISU 2510 Atlantic World 1450-1800

    HISU 2520 Early America to 1800

    ITAL 4020Topics in Renaissance Literature

    ITAL 4030Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Italian Literature

    JWST 3540Jewish Life & Thought from the Renaissance to the Age of Reason

    MUSC 6230 Keyboard Literature 1600-1750

    PHIL 2020History of Modern Philosophy

    PHIL 2120Classics of Ancient Political Philosophy II

    SPAN 3450 Don Quijote in Translation

    SPAN 4140 Introduction to Colonial Letters

    SPAN 4230Visual Culture of Golden Age Spain

    SPAN 4430Literature of the Golden Age

    SPAN 6110 Foundations of Colonial Spanish American Literature (1492-1830)

    SPAN 6330Spanish Prose of the Golden Age

    SPAN 6410Don Quijote

    SPAN 6430Drama of the Golden Age

    SPAN 6440Poetry of the Golden Age

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