Byrhtferth Diagram
A 10th-century diagram depicting the interconnections between aspects of the world.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor encourages students interested in the cultures and kingdoms that flourished from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance (ca. 250-1700 CE) to deepen their understanding of these periods through an interdisciplinary program of study.

Heirs to ancient empires and creators of complex cultures, societies in northern Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, and areas of Asia and Africa each offer fascinating opportunities to watch communities and cultures coping with timeless problems of power, identity, meaning, belief, and value. Students explore these topics through written, archaeological, material, and visual evidence in pursuit of a rich, multi-dimensional understanding of other peoples and other worlds.

The minor is open to students in ANY major who wish to expand their knowledge of this fascinating period of human history and all of the cultures and connections that contributed.