MEMS Minor courses

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The following courses are approved for the Minor in MEMS. Also consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for a list of officially approved courses. Other courses, including those offered at Duke University and other institutions, may be eligible for credit towards the minor. For approval, submit a copy of the syllabus and a statement about the course’s engagement with Medieval and Early Modern Studies to Brett Whalen, the Program Director.

American Studies

  • AMST 054: First-Year Seminar: The Indians’ New Worlds: Southeastern Histories from 1200 to 1800 (ANTH 054)
  • AMST 110: Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America (HIST 110)

ANTHROPOLOGY

  • ANTH 054: First-Year Seminar: The Indians’ New Worlds: Southeastern Histories from 1200 to 1800 (AMST 054)
  • ANTH 121: Ancient Cities of the Americas

ART HISTORY

  • ARTH 054: First-Year Seminar: Art, War, and Revolution
  • ARTH 151: History of Western Art I
  • ARTH 154: Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands, 8th–16th Centuries CE (ASIA 154)
  • ARTH 158: Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture (ASIA 158)
  • ARTH 251: Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs, 7th–12th Centuries (ASIA 251)
  • ARTH 258: Chinese Art and Culture: from Han to Tang
  • ARTH 264: Medieval Art in Western Europe
  • ARTH 265: Medieval Iconography
  • ARTH 266: Arts of Early and Medieval India (ASIA 266)
  • ARTH 270: Early Renaissance Art in Italy
  • ARTH 271: High Renaissance Art in Italy
  • ARTH 272: Northern European Art: Van Eyck to Breugel
  • ARTH 273: Art under the Mughal Dynasty in India (ASIA 273)
  • ARTH 274: European Baroque Art
  • ARTH 362: Early Christian Art and Modern Response
  • ARTH 363: Envisioning Buddhism in Medieval China
  • ARTH 365: Late Medieval Art
  • ARTH 450: City as Monument: Cordoba and Urbanism in the Medieval Islamicate Mediterranean
  • ARTH 458: Islamic Palaces, Gardens and Court Cultures, 8th–16th Centuries CE (ASIA 458)
  • ARTH 454: Cathedrals, Abbeys, Castles: Gothic Art and Architecture, ca. 1130–1500
  • ARTH 466: History of the Illuminated Book
  • ARTH 467: Celtic Art and Cultures
  • ARTH 471: Northern European Art of the 14th and 15th Centuries
  • ARTH 472: Early Modern Art, 1400–1750
  • ARTH 490: (based on topic)
  • ARTH 561: Art and Society in Medieval Islamic Spain and North Africa (ASIA 561)

ASIAN STUDIES

Arabic

  • ARAB 433: Medieval Arabic Literature in Translation

Asian Studies

  • ASIA 055: First-Year Seminar: Kung-Fu: The Concept of Heroism in Chinese Culture
  • ASIA 131: Southeast Asia to the Early 19th Century (HIST 131)
  • ASIA 135: History and Culture of Hindus and Muslims: South Asia to 1750 (HIST 135)
  • ASIA 138: History of Muslim Societies to 1500 (HIST 138)
  • ASIA 154: Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands, 8th–16th Centuries CE (ARTH 154)
  • ASIA 158: Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture (ARTH 158)
  • ASIA 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization (RELI 180)
  • ASIA 183: Asian Religions (RELI 183)
  • ASIA 251: Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs, 7th–12th Centuries (ARTH 251)
  • ASIA 266: Arts of Early and Medieval India (ARTH 266)
  • ASIA 273: Arts under the Mughal Dynasty in India (ARTH 273)
  • ASIA 284:The Buddhist Tradition: East Asia (RELI 284)
  • ASIA 285: The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka (RELI 285)
  • ASIA 286: Samurai, Peasant, Merchant, and Outcaste: Japan under the Tokugawa, 1550–1850 (HIST 286)
  • ASIA 300: The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (RELI 283)
  • ASIA 301: (RELI 288)
  • ASIA 487: Mountains, Pilgrimages, and Sacred Places in Japan (RELI 487)
  • ASIA 488: Shinto in Japanese History (RELI 488)
  • ASIA 489: Animals in Japanese Religion (RELI 489)
  • ASIA 561: Art and Society in Medieval Islamic Spain and North Africa (ARTH 561)
  • ASIA 581: Sufism (RELI 581)
  • ASIA 582: Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia (RELI 582)
  • ASIA 584: The Qu’ran as Literature (RELI 584)

Arabic

  • ARAB 433: Medieval Arabic Literature in Translation

Japanese

  • JAPN 377: Cultural Studies of Early Modern Japan

CLASSICS

Classics

  • CLAS 259: Pagans and Christians in the Age of Constantine
  • CLAS 364: Classical Backgrounds to English Literature (CMPL 364)
  • CLAS 418: Byzantine Civilization

Latin

  • LATN 205: Medieval Latin
  • LATN 514: Readings in Latin Literature of Later Antiquity
  • LATN 530: Introduction to Medieval Latin

ENGLISH AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

English

  • ENGL 120: British Literature, Medieval to 18th Century
  • ENGL 223: Middle English Literature—Contemporary Issues
  • ENGL 225: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 226: Renaissance Drama
  • ENGL 227: Literature of the Earlier Renaissance
  • ENGL 228: Literature of the Later Renaissance
  • ENGL 229: Renaissance Women Writers
  • ENGL 230: Milton
  • ENGL 319: Introduction to Medieval English Literature, excluding Chaucer
  • ENGL 320: Chaucer
  • ENGL 321: Medieval and Modern Arthurian Romance (CMPL 321)
  • ENGL 322: Medieval England and Its Literary Neighbors
  • ENGL 325: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • ENGL 326: Renaissance Genres
  • ENGL 327: Renaissance Literature and Its Intellectual Contexts
  • ENGL 328: Renaissance Authors
  • ENGL 330: Perspectives on the Renaissance
  • ENGL 331: 18th-Century Literature
  • ENGL 332: 18th-Century Drama
  • ENGL 333: 18th-Century Fiction
  • ENGL 423: Old English Literature—Contemporary Issues
  • ENGL 424: Middle English Literature—Contemporary Issues
  • ENGL 430: Renaissance Literature—Contemporary Issues
  • ENGL 525: Senior Seminar in Renaissance Literature
  • ENGL 621: Arthurian Romance (CMPL 621)
  • ENGL 630: Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • ENGL 660: War in Shakespeare’s Plays (PWAD 660)

Comparative Literature

  • CMPL 120: Great Books I: Epic and Lyric Traditions
  • CMPL 121: Great Books I: Romancing the World
  • CMPL 122: Great Books I: Visual Arts and Literature from Antiquity to 1750
  • CMPL 123: Great Books I: Literature and Politics from Classical Antiquity to 1750
  • CMPL 124: Great Books I: Literature and Science, Antiquity through 1750
  • CMPL 223: Middle English Literature—Contemporary Issues (ENGL 223)
  • CMPL 268: The Medieval Frame Tale: Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Arabian Nights
  • CMPL 277: Myth, Fable, Novella: The Long History of the Short Story
  • CMPL 321: Medieval and Modern Arthurian Romance (ENGL 321)
  • CMPL 364: Classical Backgrounds to English Literature (CLAS 364)
  • CMPL 365: Cervantes’ Don Quixote and the Birth of the Imagination
  • CMPL 452: The Middle Ages
  • CMPL 453: The Erotic Middle Ages
  • CMPL 454: Literature of the Continental Renaissance in Translation
  • CMPL 456: The 18th-Century Novel
  • CMPL 458: Sense, Sensibility, Sensuality 1740–1810
  • CMPL 473: Drama, Pageantry, and Spectacle in Medieval Europe
  • CMPL 474: Cannibals, Kings, and Holy Men: Ethnography and Early European Literature
  • CMPL 478: The Medieval Frame Tale: Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Arabian Nights
  • CMPL 558: The Lives and Times of Medieval Corpses
  • CMPL 621: Arthurian Romance (ENGL 621)
  • CMPL 622: Medieval Cosmopolitanisms

GERMANIC AND SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES:

German

  • GERM 053: First-Year Seminar: Early Germanic Culture: Myth, Magic, Murder and Mayhem
  • GERM 058: First-Year Seminar: Love in the Middle Ages
  • GERM 210: Getting Medieval: Knights, Violence and Romance in the Middle Ages and Today
  • GERM 216: The Viking Age
  • GERM 220: Women in the Middle Ages (WMST 220)
  • GERM 225: Popular and Pious: Early Modern Jewish Literature
  • GERM 310: Höfische Kultur/Courtly Culture
  • GERM 311: The Crusades
  • GERM 500: History of the German Language
  • GERM 502: Middle High German
  • GERM 505: Early New High German
  • GERM 508: Old High German
  • GERM 511: Old Saxon
  • GERM 514: Old Norse I (Old Icelandic)
  • GERM 515: Old Norse II (Old Icelandic)
  • GERM 517: Gothic
  • GERM 615: History of German Literature I

Slavic

  • SLAV 463: Medieval Slavic Culture (RELI 465)
  • SLAV 500: Old Church Slavonic

HISTORY

  • HIST 107: Medieval History
  • HIST 110: Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America (AMST 110)
  • HIST 127: United States History to 1865
  • HIST 131: Southeast Asia to the Early 19th Century (ASIA 131)
  • HIST 135: History and Culture of Hindus and Muslims: South Asia to 1750 (ASIA 135)
  • HIST 138: History of Muslim Societies to 1500 (ASIA 138)
  • HIST 142: Latin America Under Colonial Rule
  • HIST 151: European History to 1650
  • HIST 156: English History to 1688
  • HIST 177H: The Apocalypse in the Christian Middle Ages (Honors Seminar)
  • HIST 228: The Medieval Expansion of Europe
  • HIST 254: War and Society in Early Modern Europe (PWAD 254)
  • HIST 255: Manor to Machine: The Economic Shaping of Europe
  • HIST 258: Women in Europe Before 1750 (WMST 258)
  • HIST 280: Women and Gender in Latin American History (WMST 280)
  • HIST 351: Global History of Warfare (PWAD 351)
  • HIST 398: (based on topic)
  • HIST 431: The Medieval Church
  • HIST 432: The Crusades
  • HIST 434: Medieval England
  • HIST 435: The Medieval University
  • HIST 436: Medieval Theology and the Body
  • HIST 437: Aristocratic Culture in the Central Middle Ages
  • HIST 452: The Renaissance: Italy, Birthplace of the Renaissance, 1300–1550
  • HIST 453: Mediterranean Societies and Economics in the Renaissance World
  • HIST 454: The Reformation (RELI 454)
  • HIST 456: France in the Age of Enlightenment, 1715–1787
  • HIST 457: The French Revolution, 1787–1815
  • HIST 459: France in the Age of Monarchy, 1337–1715
  • HIST 460: Late Medieval and Reformation Germany
  • HIST 461: Early Modern Germany, 1600–1815
  • HIST 467: Society and Family in Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 473: Tudor and Stuart England, 1484–1660
  • HIST 561: The American Colonial Experience
  • HIST 574: Spanish Borderlands in North America
  • HIST 697: Myth and History

MUSIC

  • MUSC 251: Studies in Music History to 1650

Peace, War, & Defense

  • PWAD 254: War and Society in Early Modern Europe (HIST 254)
  • PWAD 351: Global History of Warfare (HIST 351)
  • PWAD 660: War in Shakespeare’s Plays (ENGL 660)

PHILOSOPHY

  • PHIL 215: Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 220: Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Hume
  • PHIL 415Topics in Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 421: Empiricism
  • PHIL 422: Rationalism
  • PHIL 470Political Philosophy from Hobbes to Rousseau

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

  • RELI 064: First-Year Seminar: Reintroducing Islam
  • RELI 161: Introduction to the History of Christian Traditions
  • RELI 165: Mysticism
  • RELI 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization (ASIA 180)
  • RELI 183: Asian Religions (ASIA 183)
  • RELI 199: Traditional Jewish Writings
  • RELI 283: The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (ASIA 300)
  • RELI 284: The Buddhist Tradition: East Asia (ASIA 284)
  • RELI 285: The Buddhist Tradition: Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka (ASIA 285)
  • RELI 286: Pre-Modern Japanese Religions (ASIA 301)
  • RELI 288: Chinese Religions (ASIA 303)
  • RELI 362: Mary in the Christian Tradition
  • RELI 366: Medieval Religious Texts
  • RELI 367: The Art of Devotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • RELI 371: Women Mystics (WMST 371)
  • RELI 450: Sexuality and Marriage in Jewish Tradition and History
  • RELI 454: The Reformation (HIST 454)
  • RELI 463: Medieval Slavic Culture (SLAV 463)
  • RELI 487: Mountains, Pilgrimage, and Sacred Places in Japan (ASIA 487)
  • RELI 488: Shinto in Japanese History (ASIA 488)
  • RELI 489: Animals in Japanese Religion (ASIA 489)
  • RELI 525: Jews and the Medieval Bible
  • RELI 566: Jewish Legal Literature
  • RELI 581: Sufism (ASIA 581)
  • RELI 582: Islam and Islamic Art in South Asia (ASIA 582)
  • RELI 584: The Qur’an as Literature (ASIA 584)
  • RELI 586: Women and Gender in Japanese Religions

ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

French

  • FREN 370: Survey of French Literature I
  • FREN 371: Survey of French Literature II
  • FREN 387: Paris/Versailles: The Court and the City in the Seventeenth Century
  • FREN 594: Writing the Mediterranean: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the Early Modern World

Italian

  • ITAL 240: Dante in English Translation
  • ITAL 241: Italian Renaissance Literature in Translation
  • ITAL 357: Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio in English
  • ITAL 370: Survey of Italian Literature I
  • ITAL 511: Survey of Italian Literature and Culture I (to 1600)

Portuguese

  • PORT 501: Survey of Portuguese Literature I

Spanish

  • SPAN 280: Cervantes in English Translation
  • SPAN 371: Survey of Spanish Literature to 1700
  • SPAN 383: Medieval Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 384: Spanish Literature of the Renaissance
  • SPAN 617: Cervantes and the Quijote
  • SPAN 650: The Spanish Comedia of the Golden Age

WOMEN’S and gender STUDIES

  • WMST 220: Women in the Middle Ages (GERM 220)
  • WMST 258: Women in Europe Before 1750 (HIST 258)
  • WMST 294: Courtship and Courtliness
  • WMST 371: Women Mystics (RELI 371)