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Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MEDREN)

	The program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is designed to 
provide the student with a well-rounded understanding of the historical, 
cultural, and social forces that shaped the medieval and Renaissance periods.  
Students take courses across disciplines in four areas of study (see below).  
A major or minor is available in this program.


THE MAJOR

	The major requires ten courses, at least eight of which must be at 
the 100 level or above in the following four areas of study: fine arts (art 
and music); history; language and literature (English, French, German, 
Greek, Italian, Latin, and Spanish); and philosophy and religion.

	Requirements. Students must either participate in the Medieval 
and Renaissance FOCUS program in their first year or take MEDREN 114 
(Aspects of Medieval Culture) and 115 (Aspects of Renaissance Culture). 
(This new requirement does not pertain to students who declared a major 
before fall 1998.) In addition to these two courses, students take the 
remaining eight courses in one of the following distributions: (a) 3-3-2-0, 
three courses in two of the four areas of study and two courses in a third 
area; or (b) 3-3-1-1, three courses in two of the four areas of study and 
one course in each of the other two areas.  

	Two courses may be at the introductory level approved by the 
Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students presenting two courses in the 
Medieval and Renaissance FOCUS program do not need approval.

	Each program is tailored to the needs and interests of the student 
under the supervision of a committee consisting of faculty members from 
appropriate departments. After discussion with the Director of Undergraduate     
Studies for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the student submits a provisional     
program of study outlining special interdisciplinary interests. Normally 
the program is planned well before the end of the sophomore year to allow 
time to acquire a working knowledge of languages pertinent to specific 
interests.

HONORS

Majors are encouraged to pursue honors study. Because many Medieval and
Renaissance majors also major in another department, these students are
especially encouraged to pursue a new dual-honors plan that was approved
by Trinity College, effective fall 2003, which rewards students for
conducting research based upon both fields of study. Double honors may
be awarded for a single thesis written for two separate
departments/programs at Duke. This plan supports in an innovative way
interdisciplinary study at Duke. See the requirements and 
procedures for honors study.


Provision for DUAL HONORS

Students double-majoring in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and another
department or program may elect to work on an honors project in both
areas. The following additional guidelines apply.

The student must propose a double-thesis in advance to both
departments/programs and seek their approval together. A student may not
seek the approval of a second department or program after already
proposing a thesis to one department/program and beginning work on it.

To qualify as a legitimate double-thesis, the thesis must clearly draw on
advising from and work done for both departments/programs. Specifically,
the student must form two separate committees; only one member may be on
both committees (the thesis advisor). The student must also take at least
one thesis-related course from each department/program involved, as
determined by each area (e.g., thesis seminar or independent study). A
double-thesis, therefore, should benefit clearly from its basis in two
different departments/programs, exemplifying a strong cross-disciplinary
quality.

Evaluation of the double-thesis is to be done separately by the two
committees. This means in practice that the committees may evaluate
the thesis differently according to their own standards. It would be
possible for such a thesis to receive highest honors from one committee
and honors from the other; or honors from one, and no honors from the
other. This separate evaluation process would insure that the thesis
legitimately satisfies the requirements and standards of two separate
departments/programs.


THE MINOR

	Requirements. Five courses, at least three of which must be 
at the 100 level or above. Two of these must be FOCUS or MEDREN 114 and 
115. The three remaining courses may be taken in any distribution suiting 
the student's interests in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate 
Studies.


THE FOUR COURSE STUDY AREAS

	Courses in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program are taken 
in distributions across four areas of study. Some of these courses are 
available in more than one study area. Students who have participated in the 
FOCUS Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies may take MEDREN 
114 and 115 to fulfill distribution requirements.

Area 1: Fine Arts 

112A, 112B, 113, 129, 130, 131B, 131C, 136, 140C, 141, 142, 143, 
144B, 145B, 146, 148A, 150, 151C, 152A, 152B, 154A, 154B, 154C, 
155S, 158-159, 211, 212, 223A, 223B, 224, 233S, 237S, 241-242, 
243S, 248S, 261S. 

Area 2: History

107A, 118, 133A, 133B, 134A, 134B, 138, 144C, 146A, 147A, 147B, 
148B, 151A, 156A, 166, 167, 172, 202A, 202B, 202C, 205, 206, 221A, 
222A, 222B, 222CS, 235, 236A, 236B, 238S, 250, 251B, 260A, 267S, 
268S, 272, 273. 

Area 3: Language and Literature 

108S, 109S, 111A, 111B, 111C, 116S, 117A, 121A, 121B, 123A, 132AS, 
139AS, 140A, 140BS, 141B, 144A, 145A, 147C, 151B, 153B, 160S, 161S, 
162S, 164S, 165S, 166, 167, 171, 182, 183, 198S, 201S, 203S, 208, 
209, 210A, 210B, 213, 214, 215S, 220, 221B, 221C, 240, 260B, 285. 
  
Area 4: Philosophy and Religion

119, 120, 130, 133A, 134C, 135, 144C, 146A, 147A, 153A, 156A, 202A, 
202B, 202C, 204, 205, 206, 207, 216, 218S, 219S, 233S, 234A, 234B, 
235, 236A, 244, 245, 246, 247A, 247B, 250, 254, 272, 273, 276. 

Additional Topics and Seminar Courses 

	The following topics courses are taught in various disciplines and vary 
from semester to semester. They may be taken in any of the above four study 
areas depending on the nature of their subjects. Students need to consult with 
the Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine how any one of these 
courses may be distributed. 

21S, 22S, 49S, 50, 100, 100S, 110, 114, 115, 195, 196, 200, 200S. 


MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE CORE COURSES

FOCUS Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Two courses taken in 
the FOCUS Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Open only to first-
year students. Information on course offerings and descriptions available 
from the FOCUS program. 

21S. First-Year Seminar: Topics in Medieval Studies. Topics vary according to 
instructor: perspectives from history, literature, religion, philosophy, and 
the arts. One course. Staff

22S. First-Year Seminar: Topics in Renaissance Studies. Topics vary according 
to instructor: perspectives from history, literature, religion, philosophy, and 
the arts. One course. Staff

49S. First-Year Seminar. Topics vary each semester offered. One course. Staff

114. Aspects of Medieval Culture. (AL, CZ) A study of historical, literary, 
philosophical, and art historical materials introducing medieval culture and 
the methods developed for its study. C-L: Art History 139, Classical Studies 139, 
and History 116. One course. Rasmussen, Solterer, or Witt

115. Aspects of Renaissance Culture. (AL, CZ) A study of historical, literary, 
philosophical, and art historical materials introducing Renaissance culture and 
the methods developed for its study. C-L: Art History 149, History 148A, and 
Italian 125. One course. Finucci, Rasmussen, Rice, Van Miegroet, or Witt

195, 196. Independent Study. Individual research and reading in a field of 
special interest, under the supervision of a faculty member, resulting in a 
substantive paper or written report containing significant analysis and 
interpretation of a previously approved topic. Usually undertaken by a student
working on an Honors project in consultation with the student's project advisor. 
Consent of instructor required. One course each. Staff


OTHER MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE COURSES


        Click here for a list of other courses that count toward the
Medieval and Renaissance Studies major or minor.