Major programs are established individually with a concentration in one of these disciplines: art history, history, literature, philosophy, romance philology, music, or religion. Each student, after consultation with the chair, chooses an adviser in her area of concentration who guides her in developing a sequence of courses to be taken in the field.

A minimum of 11 courses is required for the major in Medieval and Renaissance Studies:

  • Five courses in the area of concentration;
  • Two history courses for students who are not concentrating in history OR two courses in the other disciplines mentioned above for those who are;
  • Two electives in areas outside the concentration, to be chosen in consultation with the adviser; 
  • A two-semester program of interdisciplinary research leading to the writing of the senior essay.

Senior Essay

Students are required to write an interdisciplinary senior essay based on two semesters of research in their field of concentration and in another discipline, carried out under the supervision of their area adviser and another from the second discipline. 

In addition to the language used to fulfill the general four-semester requirement for graduation, the student must have completed two semesters of a second language (or the equivalent) relevant to her area of concentration.


No minor offered in this program.