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Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The Undergraduate Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies provides students with a broad, humanities-based approach to the rich and fascinating cultures that flourished globally from around 500 CE to 1800 CE. choose from over 150 courses in more than twelve departments to create your own Minor!


To minor in MEMS, students must complete at least one core course. Core courses include the following:

  • ARTH/ASIA 154: Intro to Art & Architecture of the Islamic Lands
  • ARTH 264: Medieval Art in Western Europe
  • ASIA 135: South Asian History to 1750
  • CMPL 120: Literary Traditions I
  • ENGL 120: Introduction to British Literature
  • HIST 107: Introduction to Medieval History
  • HIST 158: History of Early Modern Europe
  • MUSC 251: History of Western Music to 1650
  • RELI 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization

Additionally, students must take at least one course at the 300-level or above, and three additional electives at any level. These electives may include additional core courses if the student wishes. No more than three courses at the 100-level (including the core course) may be taken for the minor.

For a list of potential courses that would count towards the MEMS Minor, please click here.

For a sample advising worksheet, which is used to structure each student’s minor and is kept on file in the MEMS office, please click here.


Although students declare their minor with Academic Advising, the MEMS Director typically serves as their adviser. He or she corresponds with students individually at an initial stage, helps them formulate their minor curriculum, and then tracks their progress and needs until graduation. The most important role of the adviser is to work out a coherent theme and scheme of courses to be taken for the minor in conference with each student. To write to the current MEMS director, please click here.


MEMS is more than just an academic concentration. It is a community! Undergraduates who minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be given sign-up priority for social events (including film screenings, lunches, and game nights) and for field trips and study abroad opportunities associated with the Program. They’ll also be added to the MEMS undergraduate and graduate listserv, which is a great way to stay connected with all things premodern at UNC. To sign up for the MEMS undergraduate listserv, please click here.