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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.


Requirements

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 (1500-1699), 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.

The student may take up to three courses in a single department.  Three of the six courses must be taken at the 300-level and above.


Category I: Medieval

ARHS 1010 Art Survey I: Prehistory to Middle Ages

ARHS 3200 Early Christian and Byzantine Art

ARHS 3210 Romanesque and Gothic Art

ARHS 6240 Women and Gender in Medieval Art

ARHS 6250 Medieval Pilgrimages

ASTA 3510 Premodern Japanese Culture

ENLS 4070 Old and Middle English

ENLS 4120 Medieval Literature

ENLS 4450 Chaucer

FREN 4220 Medieval French Literature

HISA 1020 The Barbarian West

HISA 1030 Medieval Europe, 1100-1450

HISA 3030 Early Medieval and Byzantine Civilization from Constantine to the Crusades

HISA 3140 The Crusades, 1095-1291

HISA 3150 The Age of the Vikings

HISA 3310 Medieval England

HISA 3350 Society and Culture in Medieval Italy, 1000-1400

HISA 3970, 3980 Special Offerings in Ancient/Medieval History

HISA H4010 Colloquium in Late Antiquity

HISA H4100 Colloquium and Field Work in Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Civilizations

HISA 4180 Medieval Spain

HISA 6090 Seminar in Select Topics in Byzantine History

HISA 6230 Medieval Cities

HISA 6250 Medieval Religious Culture

HISA 6270 Women and Gender in the Middle Ages

HISA 6390 The Early Development of the Anglo-American Common Law

HISA 6970, 6980 Special Offerings in Ancient/Medieval History

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

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

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

JWST 3530 Jewish Life and Thought in the High Middle Ages

JWST 4110 Rabbinic Judaism

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

SPAN 4420
Introduction to Multicultural Medieval Iberia

SPAN 6810 Reading Medieval Iberia

 

Category II: Cross-Over

ARHS 3310 Art of the Early Renaissance in Italy

ARHS 3530 Survey of Russian Art and Architecture

ENLS 2010 British Literature Survey I

ENLS 4490 Early Major Authors

ENLS 5010 Seminar in British Literature to 1800

FREN 4210 History of the French Language

FREN 6210 History of the French Language

GERM 3550 Grimm Reckonings: The Development of the German Fairy Tale

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

GERM 6400 Reisen ins Fremde

HISA 4020 Topics in Medieval and Renaissance History

HISE H1210 Europe and the Wider World to 1789

HISE 1210 Europe and the Wider World

HISE 3240 Russian History from the 9th to the Mid-19th Centuries

HISE 3410 Spain, 1369-1716

HISM 3200 History of Islam

HISM 6980 The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1600

MUSC 1410 History of European Music to 1800

RUSS 3530 Survey of Russian Art and Architecture

SPAN 4040 Early Readings in Spanish

SPAN 6510 History of the Spanish Language

 

Category III: Early Modern

ARHS 3230 Visual Culture of Golden Age Spain

ARHS 3320 16th-Century Italian Art

ARHS 3330 Italian Renaissance Architecture

ARHS 3420 Baroque Art

ARHS 3430 Northern Baroque Art

ARHS 3440 Italian Baroque Art

ENLS 3230 Shakespeare Select Plays

ENLS 4130 Renaissance Literature

ENLS 4140 17th-Century Literature

ENLS 4150 Early Modern Drama

ENLS 4190 Restoration and 18th-Century Literature

ENLS 4460, 4470 Shakespeare I and II

ENLS 4480 Milton

FREN 4320 Renaissance Literature

FREN 4410 17th-Century French Literature

FREN 4420 17th-Century Drama

FREN 6310 Renaissance Poetry and Drama

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

HISE 3320 Early Modern England

HISE 3420 The Age of Reformation

HISE 6050 The Italian Renaissance

HISE 6100 Renaissance and Reformation, 1450-1660

HISE 6330 Imperial Spain, 1469-1716

HISE 6340 Disease, Death, Destitution, and Despair in Early Modern Europe

HISE 6360 English Civil War

HISE 6370 Seminar in Early Modern England

HISE 6390 The Early Development of Anglo-American Common Law

HISM 6980 Early Modern Islamic Empires

ITAL 4020 Topics in Renaissance Literature

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

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

PHIL 2020 History of Modern Philosophy

PHIL 2120 Classics of Modern Political Philosophy

SPAN 4230 Visual Culture of Golden Age Spain

SPAN 4430 Literature of the Golden Age

SPAN 6330 Spanish Prose of the Golden Age

SPAN 6410 Don Quijote

SPAN 6430 Drama of the Golden Age

SPAN 6440 Poetry of the Golden Age


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