An exciting interdepartmental focus in the Humanities, the Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies views the period stretching from the fall of Rome to the dawn of the Enlightenment as crucial to an understanding of the world we know today. With a primary focus on European civilization, where the core of our modern heritage emerged and first flourished, the MEMS program also explores the intimate connections of western cultural centers with the rest of the Mediterranean, particularly the world of Islam, and with Asia via the Silk Road. Students in the MEMS minor benefit from the expertise of faculty from five disciplines: Art History, History; English; Foreign Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication; and Asian Studies. MEMS faculty carry on research in areas as diverse as Chaucer, Dante, Joan of Arc, Milton, the staging of Shakespeare, Byzantine history, medieval and early modern women, Venetian society in the early Renaissance, early colonial history in North America, social relations in medieval southern France, early music, the Old Occitan language, as well as the age of the Shoguns. An 18-credit minor, many students find it dovetails naturally with their existing majors in English or History. For further information and contact information go to
In order to satisfy the MEMS Minor, students must complete 6 courses (18 credits) with a “C” or better. All six courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. One 200-level course will be allowed as an exception. Minors must take two English courses, two History courses, and two MEMS-period courses in any other department (often English or History) as listed below.