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Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a coherent program of interdisciplinary study. Medieval Studies units may be taken in one or more of the traditional fields of concentration, including art, history, literature, music, national languages, philosophy, political theory, and religious studies.

Courses must be upper-division with at least two courses each from the medieval and early modern periods. Students may also select a minor with a thematic emphasis. Although there is no foreign language requirement for the minor, knowledge of Latin or a modern European language is recommended. The minor must be designed in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor.


24 units

Medieval and Early Modern Studies Courses:

  • Lower Division Courses
    • 20A. Early Medieval Culture (4 units) Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; Readings (in translation) in medieval culture, such as the Codes of Justinian,  the Confessions of Saint Augustine, Beowulf, the Nibelungenlied, and The Song of Roland, the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, the Chronicles of Froisssart, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, and Dante's Divine Comedy. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt.│AH, WC, WE.--I. (I.)
    • 20B. The Culture of the High Middle Ages (4 units) Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Extensive Writing. Great transformations that created the modern world: Constitutional Government, the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, and the Peasants Revolts, the Renaissance, Reformation and Counter Reformation, and the Baroque. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt│AH, WC, WE.--II. (II.)
    • 98. Directed Group Study (1-5 units) (P/NP grading only.)
    • 99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5 units) (P/NP grading only.)


  • Upper Division Courses​
    • 130A. Special Themes in Medieval Cultures (4 units) Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Each offering concentrates on an interdisciplinary aspect of medieval culture in the Middle East and Europe: the idea of the hero, mysticism, urban development. Extensive readings focused on medieval source material. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt│AH, WC, WE.
    • 130B. Special Themes in Renaissance Culture (4 units) Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Each theme illuminates an interdisciplinary aspect of Renaissance culture in the eastern and western hemispheres: exploration, medical pathology, daily life, baroque culture. Immersion in source material from 1500-1650. May be repeated for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt │AH, WC, WE.
    • 131. Cross-Cultural Relations in the Medieval and/or Early Modern World (4 units) Lecture/discussion--3 Hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: couse 20A or 20B or consent of instructor. Medieval and/or Renaissance aspects of cross culuralism. Relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims: Europeans, Africans, and Asians; Old Wrold and New World. Offered irregularly. GE credit: WC, WE.
    • 189. Seminar in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (4 units) Seminar--3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 20A or 20B or consent of Instructor. Focus on a particular problem or issue in the Medieval or Early Modern periods. Seminar topics might include (but not limited to) monasticism, origins of the university, chivalry, exploration, the role of women in the Medieval and Early Modern World. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: WE.
    • 190. Senior Thesis (4 units) Seminar—4 hours. Prerequisite: senior standing and major in Medieval Studies. Preparation of a research paper dealing with a selected aspect of medieval culture, under supervision of three members of the Committee in Charge.—I, II, III. (I, II, III.)
    • 197T. Tutoring in Medieval Studies (1-4 units) Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: courses 20A and 20B; upper division standing; consent of instructor and chairperson of curriculum committee. Tutoring in Medieval Studies 20A and 20B, including leadership in small discussion groups affiliated with the course. May be repeated for credit for a total of 6 units. (P/NP grading only.)
    • 198. Directed Group Study (1-5 units) (P/NP grading only.)
    • 199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5 units) (P/NP grading only.)

Total = 24


Minor Advisor

Lynda Jones
(530) 752-7646

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