An exciting interdepartmental focus in the Humanities, the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor 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 departments: Asian Studies , English , History , Modern Languages, Linguistics & Intercultural Communication , and Visual Arts . 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.
Further information and contact information is available at http://mems.umbc.edu/